Edward Avila, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | English Literature & English Studies

Address: 201D Armstrong Hall (AH 201D)
Phone: 507-389-1155
Email: edward.avila@mnsu.edu


  • Ph.D. in Literatures in English and Cultural Studies from the University of California, San Diego
  • B.A in Literatures in English from the University of California, San Diego.


A native of Southern California (San Diego and Los Angeles), Avila earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in Literatures in English and Cultural Studies from the University of California, San Diego. As Assistant Professor of English at Minnesota State University, Mankato, Avila specializes in Chican@x and Latin@x Literature and Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach that bridges literary studies with recent theoretical works on neoliberal governmentality, biopower and necropolitics, and transnational Latina feminism.

Recent Publications:

"Castle & Crook: Necroliberalism and Cartographies of Abandonment in Maquilapolis: City of Factories and Señorita Extraviada: Missing Young Women." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (forthcoming).

“He Hopes They Have Disappeared”: Necro-elasticity and the Tyranny of the Present in Helena María Viramontes’s “The Cariboo Cafe.” MELUS, Volume 48, Issue 4, Winter 2023.

Avila, Edward and Jonathan Barr. “Some Imagined Victory: The Specter of Reification in Caridad Svich’s Guapa,” Southwest Council of Latin American Studies (SCOLAS), Vol. 2 (2016), 73-86.

Avila, Edward. “The Maquila Complex: Reification, Disposability, and Resistance in Maquilapolis: The City of Factories,” Forum for Inter-American Research (FIAR), Vol. 8, No. 2 (Sept. 2015), 182-205.

Recent Courses Taught:

  • ENG 611: American Literary Modernism & Postmodernism
  • ENG 607: American Literary History & Criticism
  • ENG 603: Selected Authors: Helena María Viramontes & Sandra Cisneros
  • ENG 526/426: Selected Periods: 20th/21st Century American Im/migration Literature
  • ENG 328: American Literature, 1865 to Present
  • ENG 318: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.
  • HUM 281W: Human Diversity and Humanities Traditions
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