Juan García Oyervides

Director | Researcher

Juan has a PhD in Spanish from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a first generation Mexican-American scholar in the humanities working to increase access to higher education and specialized knowledge.

He is the current director of Observatorio de Las Américas and serves as President of the Global Cooperative for Transdisciplinary Research and Engaged Education. His is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Hispanic Studies Program at Graceland University.


Research Interests: Mexican Literature and Culture, Material Culture in the US/Mexico Border, Greater Mexico & Mexican Diaspora Studies, Documentary Narratives, Latin American Visual Culture, Masculinities in Latin America.

Ongoing Projects

Voces vivas: Stories from Latinx Communities of Boulder County

In collaboration with The Museum of Boulder, Voces vivas is a ‘community curation’ project on the Latinx history of Boulder County, to open in the fall of 2021. The project attempts to bust out of the view-and-review cycle in which community participants offer ‘feedback’ on institutionally-produced content, replacing it with a multi-stage community-curated process.

Beyond Ourselves: Mexican-American reflections on community, kinship and solidarity

This oral history project highlights the experiences of Mexican American and Chicano communities in the State of Colorado. The purpose of this project is to organize a public reflection on how these communities understand and perform virtual and transnational concepts of community, kinship and solidarity and how these have been affected by the international COVID-19 health crisis.

Fractured Realities: The Ethics and Politics of Nonfiction Narratives in Mexico (1968-2018)

A book manuscript exploring  the struggle of lettered groups to represent the marginalized, and the latter group's resistance to objectification in key moments of the country’s history, from the Tlatelolco Massacre to the Zapatista uprising and the Ayotzinapa case.

Articles & Publications

 “Los límites del liberalismo mexicano en Monja y Casada; Virgen y Mártir de Vicente Riva Palacio”. Confluencia. Vol. 36, No. 1. (Forthcoming Fall 2020).

“Journalistic Selves, Authority and Emancipation in Alberto Fuguet’s Tinta Roja”. Alternative Communities in Hispanic-American Literature. Eds. Luis H. Castañeda and Javier González. Cambridge Scholars, 2016.

"Roberto Arlt: El mundo del espectáculo y el espectáculo del mundo". LUCERNA [Lima] 12 Jul. 2014, 

“¿Sólo seis? Temporary Memories of Boulder Latinx History”. El diario de la Gente [Boulder, CO], 6 Sep. 2019, p 2.

Conferences & Presentations

April 2020. "Truth and Masculinity in La guerra de Galio by Hector Aguilar Camin". 67th Annual Conference, Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.

March 2020. “Signs of Rebellion: Countervisuality and Social Movements in Chile”. Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Conference: Voices of Marginality. University of Colorado Boulder.

Nov 2019. “Everyday Documents: Another Look into Mexico’s 1968 Student Movement”. Spanish and Portuguese Department Speaker Series, University of Colorado Boulder.

May 2019. "Pursuing the Truth: Excelsior's Blank Page and it's Enduring Presence in Mexican Literature". XXXVII International Congress, Latin American Studies Association. Boston, USA.

Current Affiliations