Dr. Brian S. Whitener

Dr. Brian S. Whitener

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Modern and Classical Languages and Literature

Research Interests

  • Latin American social and cultural theory
  • Finance and financialization
  • Racial formations and racialization in Mexico and Brazil
  • Gender and sexuality in Latin America


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan: 2016
  • Women’s Studies Certificate, University of Michigan: 2013
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • B.A., New College of South Florida




"The Politics of Infrastructure in Contemporary Mexican Writing" in Mexican Literature in Theory ed. Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado. New York: Bloomsbury 2018.

“From Racial Democracy to Credit Democracy: Finance and Public Security in Brazil,” special issue of Brasiliana edited by Paul Amar, 4(2) (2016). 

“From ‘Stabilizing Development’ to Instant Ruins: Notes on Mexican State Form,” special issue of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies on “Beyond the State: Spaces of Capital in Latin America,” 24(3) (2015): 353-370. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569325.2015.1065799 

“‘El hombre no es libre en la naturaleza’: Justo Sierra and The Persistence of Sovereign Power,” A contracorriente 12(3) (2015): 376-397. http://acontracorriente.chass.ncsu.edu/index.php/acontracorriente/article/view/1269

“Ontology and Crises of State and Finance in Jorge Volpi’s En busca de Klingsor,” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 24(1) (2015): 47-64. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569325.2014.1002457

“Nonrelation and Untimeliness in Ranciere’s Names of History,” Política común, 4 (2013).  http://dx.doi.org/10.3998/pc.12322227.0004.003

Books Edited

with Fernando Fuentes and Lorena Méndez, De gente común: Arte, política y rebeldía social, México: Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, 2013.

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