Rafael Acosta

Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2620



Current Research & Projects

Dr. Acosta’s current research interests examine the political and legal matrices of affect that develop around culturally relevant stories and narrative figures. His current book project, Druglords, Bandits, Cowboys and Illegality in the Mexican American Frontier, reflects on how narratives of the frontier provide a political laboratory for the political production of the center, and how these narratives are used to further political goals.

Research Interests

Mexican studies, Comparative Literature, narcocorridos, political theory, Chicano Studies

Selected Publications

Morales, Rafael Acosta. "The State and the Caudillo Legitimacy in Yuri Herrera’s Trabajos del reino." Latin American Perspectives 41.2 (2014): 177-188.


Acosta, Rafael. "Operación Bolívar y la conspiración en la hiperabundancia de la información." Revista Iberoamericana 77.234 (2011): 149-162.

Courses Taught

SPAN 340: Textual Analysis and Critical Reading

SPAN 463: National Traditions in Spanish America


Ph.D., Romance Studies, Cornell University, 2014

MA, Romance Studies, Cornell University, 2011

D.E.A, Literatura Europea, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2007

Lic. en Letras Españolas, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, 2004

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