Francisco Robles

Profile Robles

Assistant Professor of English
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Latino Studies
Concurrent Faculty, Gender Studies Program


Specialties: Chicanx Literature, African American Literature, American Literatures, Postcolonial Literature

Degrees: BA, Washington University in St. Louis; MA, PhD, Princeton University


My name is Dr. Francisco E. Robles, and I teach and research in American Literatures of the twentieth century, focusing in particular on Multi-Ethnic American Literature.

My current book project, Migrant Modes: Aesthetics on the Move in Midcentury U.S. Multiethnic Writing, examines literary and musical representations of migrants in the United States, spanning from the 1930s into the 1980s. I assert that the aesthetic and political legacies of the Popular Front transform into the Progressive Party’s coalitional post-war platform, which in turn shifts with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, which has its own resonance and legacy in the 1970s. Insisting on this continuity, I trace a distinctive genealogy of coalitional aesthetics that has not yet received literary theoretical or historical treatment. Some of the texts I look at in Migrant Modes are by Zora Neale Hurston, Muriel Rukeyser, Sanora Babb, Carlos Bulosan, Woody Guthrie, Américo Paredes, Tomás Rivera, Los Lobos, Alice Walker, Odetta, and the authors included in This Bridge Called My Back. I am also a co-convener of the Desert Futures Collective:




Forthcoming Work:

“Communal Imagination and the Problem of Allegory in Tomás Rivera’s …y no se lo tragó la tierra.” Twentieth-Century Literature. Forthcoming.

“Afrofuturism: Heuristic or Historical Descriptor? And Some Thoughts on Phillis Wheatley.” In Justice in Time: Critical Afrofuturism and the Struggle for Black Freedom, ed. Elizabeth Reich and Ryan Kernan. University of Minnesota Press. Under contract.


Contact Information:

211 Decio Faculty Hall
574 631-7479


Postal Address:

Department of English
211 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556