Gustavo A Vargas

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Spanish and Portuguese Studies .
9 Pleasant St SE
304A Folwell Hall

My academic work deals with intersections of medical humanities, sexuality, bioethics and literature. Interested in topics related to health disparities and the historiography of LGBTI movements in Latin America, I completed a doctoral dissertation titled "Building a Community of Affects: A Cartography of HIV/AIDS Narratives in Latin America (1982-2018)." I currently teach courses of Intermediate and Advanced Medical Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. These courses aim to provide students interested in healthcare professions a better understanding of health disparities in Latinx communities in the US. We also analyze the challenges and opportunities of equitable health access and preventive medicine in Latin America and migrant communities in the United States. Students delve into the fascinating study of alternative manifestations of healing, medicine and disease in Hispanic cultures such as curanderismo and culture-bound syndromes.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Latin American Literature and Culture, University of Pittsburgh, 2020.


  • Medical Humanities
  • Literary and visual cultures of HIV/AIDS
  • Queer Literary Studies in Latin America
  • “Fragmentación en El más violento paraíso: Pesimismo cósmico y el caos de los objetos.” Special Dossier: Derivas multi/humanas en la literatura y cultura centroamericana. Istmo. Revista de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos. Number 34. January—June 2017
  • "Intimacy, Memory and Revelation: HIV/AIDS Representations in Néstor Perlongher’s and Caio Fernando Abreu’s Epistolary Writing". January (2021) Revista Letral- Universidad de Granada.
  • Book Review. Mario Bellatin y las formas de la escritura. Edición e introdución de Héctor Jaimes. Forthcoming in Revista Iberoamericana (IILI)