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 Co-Director of Observatorio de Las Américas (OLA) and serves as President of the Global Cooperative for Transdisciplinary Research and Engaged Education (GCTREE). Juan is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at West Texas A&M 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.

Articles & Publications

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

May 2021. “El verdadero estudiante: conflicting representations of youth and studenthood in Mexico’s 1968 student movement”. XXXIX International Congress, Latin American Studies Association. Virtual Location.

Apr 2021. “Racialized Wilderness in Jeremiah Zagar's We the Animals”. Latin America, Améfrica Ladina or Abiayala? The Dispute Over Regional/National Identities. Annual Meeting, American Comparative Literature Association. Virtual Location.


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.

Current Affiliations