Lázaro Lima (Ph.D., Maryland) is the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts and Professor of Latino Studies at the University of Richmond were he serves as the University's Associate Provost for Faculty. His work centers on the political emergence of Latino forms of civic personhood, and the attendant institutional, juridical, and cultural industries that enable Latino democratic legibility and participation to emerge in civil society.
He is the author of The Latino Body: Crisis Identities in American Literary and Cultural Memory (NYU Press, 2007), Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, co-edited with Felice Picano (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), Trevor Young: The Aesthetics of Displacement (Museum Arts Press, 2013), Losing Sonia Sotomayor: An American Life After Multiculturalism (forthcoming), and the executive producer and co-writer of two documentary films, Las Mujeres: Latina Lives, American Dreams (Deronda Productions, 2016), and the forthcoming Rubi’s Story: A DACA DREAMer in Trump’s America (Deronda Productions 2017).
Lima's research, scholarship and creative work has appeared in the popular press, edited volumes, and academic journals including American Literary History, The Journal of Transnational American Studies, Revista Iberoamericana, A Corracorriente, The Wallace Stevens Journal (WSJ) and many others. He is the recipient of grants and awards from many institutions including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Library Association.