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Jennifer Gómez Menjívar

Jennifer Gómez Menjívar

Professional title

Associate Professor of Spanish/Latin American Studies


Ph.D. The Ohio State University
M.A. The Ohio State University
B.A. California State University, Northridge



Indigenous Interfaces: Spaces, Technology, and Social Networks in Mexico and Central America.  Forthcoming in 2019 from University of Arizona Press.

Tropical Tongues: Language Ideologies, Endangerment, and Minority Languages in Belize.


  • “Redes sociales insurgentes: las textualidades mayas y garífunas en el ciberespacio.” Forthcoming in Istmo: revista de estudios culturales centroamericanos
  • “Caribbean Queens: Bridges Between the World of the Living and the Realm of Souls.” Forthcoming in Romance Notes.
  • “Negro y letrado: aproximaciones a la (auto)biografía de Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua.” Forthcoming in Hispanófila 183.
  • “Mopan in Context: Mayan Identity, Belizean Citizenship and the Future of a Language.” With William Salmon. Native American and Indigenous Studies 5.2 (2018).
  • "Setting and Language Attitudes in a Creole Context." With William Salmon. Applied Linguistics (2017). DOI:
  • "Straight Outta Livingston: Black Indigeneity, Wordsmithing and Code-Switching in Wingston Gonzalez' Poetry." Transmodernity 7.1 (2017): 124-145.
  • "Language Attitudes and Varieties of Kriol in Belize City and Punta Gorda."  Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 31.2 (2016): 316-360. Co-authored with William Salmon.
  • "Perfiles culturales negros: África y la negritud en la obra temprana dariana." Mesoamerica: una revista multidisciplinaria 58 (2016): 22-39.
  • "Passing into Fictions: Blackness, Writing and Power in the Captaincy General of Guatemala." Chasqui: revista de literatura latinaomericana 45.1 (2016): 103-115.
  • "Precious Water, Priceless Words: Fluidity and Mayan Experience on the Guatemala-Belize Border." Dialogo 19.1 (2016): 23-32.
  • "The Black Panamanian-Jamaican Connection: Imperialism, Race and Class in Demetrio Aguilera Malta's Canal Zone." A contracorriente 13.1 (2015): 262-271.
  • "In These Neoliberal Times: Blackness and the Costa Rican Multicultural Nation." Alter/nativas: Latin American Cultural Studies Journal 4 (2015): 1-24
  • "Whose Kriol is Moa Beta? Prestige and Dialects of Kriol in Belize." Berkeley Linguistics Society 40 (2014): 456-479. Co-authored with William Salmon.
  • "Feast Your Eyes on This: A Gourmand Explores the Provocative Culinary Delights of Seventeenth Century Guatemala." Cincinnati Romance Review 33 (2012): 145-163.
  • "Novel Reconciliations:The Discourses of Oppression, Feminism, and Nation in Calypso and Limon Blues." Hipertexto 15 (2012): 124-131.
  • “De tal palo, tal astilla: la huella de la memoria en Obabakoak y su adaptación cinematográfica, Obaba.” Divergencias: revista de estudios lingüísticos y literarios 7.2 (2009): 13-22.
  • “Desde la periferia a la casa grande: la inversión de la mirada etnográfica en Balún Canán.” Letras hispanas: revista de literatura y cultura 6.2 (2009): 123-126.
  • Carrie L. Saetermoe, Jennifer Gómez, Mayra Bamaca-Gómez, and Cristina Gallardo. “A Qualitative Enquiry of Caregivers of Adolescents with Severe Disabilities in Guatemala City.” Disability and Rehabilitation 26.27 (2004): 1032-1047.


  • “No Static: Re-Indigenizing Technology.” In Indigenous Interfaces: Spaces, Technology, and Social Networks in Mexico and Central America. Co-edited with Gloria Elizabeth Chacón. Foreword by Arturo Arias. University of Arizona Press, forthcoming in 2019.
  • "Spanglish in the Classroom: A Linguistic Approach to Code-Switching in Latino/a Literature." Latino/a Literature in the Classroom: 21st Century Approaches to Teaching. Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. New York: Routledge, 2015.


  • Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin K. Knight. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. ENTRIES: Eva Ayllon (Peru), June Beer (Nicaragua), Wilfred Peters, 'Mr. Peters(Belize), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Cuba), Leela Vernon (Belize)