Leila Gómez, PhD

Leila Gómez is an associate professor in the department of women and gender studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is also the director of the Latin American Studies Center at CU Boulder. Her research focuses on travel writing in Latin America, cultural encounters, and imperial narratives. Her first book was Iluminados y tránsfugas: Relatos de viajeros y ficciones nacionales en Argentina, Paraguay y Perú (Iberoamericana Vervuert 2009) and her most recent book, Impossible Domesticity: Travels in Mexico (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021) is about travel writing in Mexico and includes the work of photographers, journalists, archaeologists, and writers from Europe and North and South America. Gómez has also published La piedra del escándalo: Darwin en Argentina (Simurg 2008), Darwinism in Argentina: Major Texts 1845-1910 (Bucknell UP, 2011), and co-edited Entre Borges y Conrad: Estética y territorio en William Henry Hudson (Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2012) and Teaching Gender through Latin American, Spanish, and Latino Literature and Culture (Sense Publishers 2015). Gómez received an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Advanced Researchers and spent a year at the Goethe University, Frankfurt.