John Beverley

Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Adjunct Professor, Department of English and Communication


1309E Cathedral of Learning


University Affiliations

  • Founding member, Graduate Program in Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Founding member, Latin American Subaltern Studies Group
  • Editorial Boards: University of Pittsburgh Press, boundary 2, PMLA (1994-1998), Estudios, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies etc.
  • Editorial consultant for University of Minnesota and Duke University presses. Coeditor, University of Pittsburgh Press book series Illuminations: Cultural Formations of the Americas.
  • Visiting professor at Stanford University, University of California–San Diego, Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar, University of Minnesota, University of Washington.


  • PhD, University of California at San Diego

Selected Publications

  • "The Impossibility of Politics: Subalternity, Modernity, Hegemony", in Ileana Rodríguez ed. The Latin American Subaltern Studies Reader (2001)
  • "What Happens When the Subaltern Speaks? Rigoberta Menchu, Multiculturalism, and the 'Presumption of Equal Worth'," in Arturo Arias ed. The Power of Words: A Reader on the Stoll-Menchu Debate (1999)
  • "Theses on subalternity, representation, and politics," Postcolonial Studies 1/3 (1998)
  • (ed.) From Cuba (2002)
  • (ed.) La voz del otro: Testimonio, subalternidad y verdad narrativa (new edition; 2002)
  • Subalternity and Representation, Arguments in Cultural Theory (1999)
  • Una modernidad obsoleta: estudios sobre el barroco (1998)
  • Against Literature (1993).

Areas of Specialization

Golden Age, Hispanic and Latin American baroque, Latin American cultural studies, Testimonio, Spanish and Latin American film, U.S. Latino literature, postcolonial and subaltern studies