Ph.D. Romance Studies - Hispanic Literatures (Cornell University)
M.A. in Romance Studies (Cornell University)
B.A. in Spanish/Comparative Literature (University of Rochester)
Omar Figueredo is a native of the Texas-Mexico borderlands. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Romance Studies (Hispanic literatures) with a minor in Latina/o Studies from Cornell University and a B.A. in Spanish/Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester. His research focuses on contemporary U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures, affect, feminist philosophies, immigration, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. His dissertation “Tender Struggles: Geography, Affect, and Modes of Politics in Contemporary U.S. Latina/o Fiction” examined the ways in which Latina/o writers’ engagement with both feelings and geography in their fiction provide new understandings of the intertwined relationship between politics, place, and emotions. He is currently at work on a series of personal essays that explore issues of citizenship and belonging, immigration, borders, education, and race, particularly focusing on the experience of his arrest and prosecution in 2013-2014 for his attempt to challenge the unquestioned authority of the U.S. Border Patrol within the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.