Christopher Dennis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish and
Latin American Literatures and Cultures /
Spanish Section Coordinator
Office: Leutze Hall 216
B.A., Depauw University
M.A., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Christopher Dennis specializes in the history, literatures and cultures of Colombia, specifically Afro-Colombian literatures and cultures. In his recently published book, Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop: Globalization, Transcultural Music, and Ethnic Identities (2011), Dennis explores how Afro-Colombian hip-hop artists rework ethnic identity while using hip-hop and digital media as tools for carrying their perspectives, histories, and expressive forms to national and international audiences. In addition to his research on music, Dennis has published articles on Afro-Colombian literature, racial iconography relevant to Cartagena’s tourist industry, and the discursive representation of black subjects in Colombian colonial literature. He currently serves as Spanish section coordinator, and he is on the executive committee of the Afro-Latin American Research Association (ALARA).
Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop: Globalization, Transcultural Music, and Ethnic Identities. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2011.
“The Current and Future State of Afro-Colombian Prose Fiction.” Afro-Hispanic Review 30:1 (Spring 2011): 81-100.
“The ‘Afro-Colombianization’ of Hip-Hop and Discourses on Authenticity.” Postnational Musical Identities: Cultural Production, Distribution and Consumption in a Globalized Scenario. Ed. Ignacio Corona and Alejandro L. Madrid. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007. 185-207.
“From Fugitive Slave to Tourist Attraction: La Palenquera and Racial Iconography in Cartagena (Colombia).” Publication of Afro-Latin American Research Association (PALARA) 11 (FALL 2007): 54-67.
“El ‘negro’ en dos textos coloniales colombianos y el ‘blanqueo’ de su alma.” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 36:1 (May 2007): 3-18.