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Hector Jaimes


Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Withers Hall 403


Héctor Jaimes (Venezuela, 1964) is Professor of Spanish and Latin American literature at NC State University, where he has taught since 1998. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. from New York University and his B.A. from the Central University of Venezuela (Caracas). He has also lived in Manhattan, Philadelphia and Santander (Spain). His research focuses on the intersection between the literary and artistic production of Latin America and contemporary cultural theories. His research has also involved the study of rare and unpublished manuscripts; most notably, he has edited collections authored by Frida Kahlo and David Alfaro Siqueiros.






Office Hours

  • Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


“Fragmentos de la contemporaneidad: Muerte súbita de Alvaro Enrigue”.  Transient Bodies and Gender Politics in 21st Century Mexico Conference.  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2019.

“The Mexican Muralism: Between Art and Philosophy.”  2019 Conference on Mexican Muralists.  California State University. Los Angeles, CA, 2019.

“Mario Bellatin: Una lectura sobre el dinero.”  (Des)conciertos literarios/Literary (Dys)functions. UC-Mexicanistas. Santa Barbara, CA, 2018.

Cuauhtémoc by Pedro Angel Palou: Entre mito e historia.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Barcelona, Spain, 2018.

“Spaces of love in Guadalupe Nettel’s Después del invierno.” Modern Language Association (MLA). Philadelphia, PA, 2017.

“Octavio Paz y el muralismo mexicano.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA). New York, NY, 2016.

“Veinte años después: La generación del ‘Crack’ y la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea.” Modern Language Association (MLA). Austin, TX, 2016.

“Frida Kahlo: Writing oneself. Letters to her mother.” Southern Eastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS). Charleston, SC, 2015.


Ph.D. Latin American Literature University of Pennsylvania 1998

M.A. Latin American Literature New York University 1992

B.A. Philosophy Central University of Venezuela 1989

Area(s) of Expertise

Latin American Literature and Culture, Mexican Studies, Cultural Theory, Aesthetics