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Miriam Bornstein Gómez

Miriam Bornstein GómezMiriam Bornstein Gómez
Associate Professor of Spanish
Sturm Hall, Room 317
Phone: 303-871-2174



PhD, Spanish, University of Arizona


Miriam Bornstein Gómez received her PhD in Spanish from the University of Arizona, with a focus on Latin American literature and a concentration in Luso-Brazilian language and literature. She is an associate professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures and a faculty member of the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES).

Miriam's research and teaching interests are situated at the intersection of literature, history, political philosophy and aesthetics. Her research focuses on cultural practices and the relationship of power and constructions of knowledge in Latina/o literature and Latin American contemporary poetry.


  • Critique of power and the geopolitical subject
  • Writing on the border
  • Literature and human rights
  • Aesthetics of liberation
  • Power and poetics
  • Transcultural spaces
  • Identity formation
  • Cultural critique
  • Decoloniality
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Chicano/a Movement poetry
  • Literary feminism
  • Socio-political poetry


Miriam has published critical studies of Latina/o writers such as Gloria Anzaldúa, Pat Mora, Julia Alvarez, Abelardo 'Lalo' Delgado and Miguel Méndez, as well as Latin American writers such as Marjorie Agosín, Daisy Zamora, Otto René Castillo and Roberto Fernández Retamar. In addition, Miriam has published two poetry collections, Donde empieza la historia and Bajo cubierta.

She is currently working on a third bilingual collection, El lugar de la memoria, which highlights the Latino/a immigrant experience. Her poetry is included in several national and international anthologies and literary journals. Recently, her poetry was translated into Turkish and published in Istambul in The Anthology of Latin American, Latino and Spanish Poetry.