Lázaro Lima (Ph.D., Maryland) is the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Richmond where he is a Professor of Latino Studies. His work centers on the political emergence of Latino forms of personhood, and the attendant institutional, juridical, and cultural industries that enable Latino democratic legibility and participation to emerge in civil society. Lima is currently serving as a Research Fellow at American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies for the 2018-19 academic year.
Lima is the author of The Latino Body: Crisis Identities in American Literary and Cultural Memory (NYU Press, 2007), Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing, with Felice Picano (U of Wisconsin Press, 2011), Trevor Young: The Aesthetics of Displacement (Museum Arts Press, 2013), Being Brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question (U of California Press, 2019), 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, 2019).
He is the recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Library Association, and many other institutions. His 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 other journals and venues.