Dr. Rivera has several research interests. He has presented his work on humor and Mexican culture at regional, national, and international forums such as the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association Conference, the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, and the Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica.
Here is a list of his most recent conference presentations :
(2020, March 6). Desordenadas, de Naida Saavedra: Una Mirada al New Latino Boom y la Blanquitud en los Estados Unidos.
Presented at the XXV Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos. Lima, Peru.
(2019, March 30). How to Learn a Second Language More Effectively.
Keynote presentation at the World Languages Undergraduate Conference organized by the Worcester State University. Worcester, Massachusetts.
(2018, October 5). Questioning What is Real with an Indian Perspective on Julio Cortázar´s La Noche Boca Arriba.
Presented at the 68th
Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Languages Conference. University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Knoxville, Tennessee.
(2018, March 8). Jorge Ibargüengoitia’s La Ley de Herodes as a Representation of the Mexican Sentiment.
Presented at the XXI Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos. Quito, Ecuador.
(2017, November 11). The New Global TV: Streaming Services as Content Providers for Language Learners.
Presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association. Philadelphia, PA.
(2017, October 6). Rulfo’s Tragic Humor in “Es Que Somos Muy Pobres.”
Presented at the 67th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Languages Conference. University of North Carolina-Wilmington, NC.
In 2019, he interviewed Venezuelan-born author, Naida Saavedra
, member of the New Latino Boom, who has also been documenting it through her scholarly work.
In early 2020, he published an article
that offered a fresh new perspective on a classic short story by Argentinian Author, Julio Cortázar, “La noche boca arriba”.
Dr. Rivera is currently working on whiteness studies in relation to Spanish literature in the United States. He wrote a chapter entitled: “Not So Subtle: Whiteness Through the Eyes of an Immigrant of Color in the Academy,” which was published as part of an edited book in the Fall of 2020. This work has informed his current research agenda, which is exploring the New Latino Boom from the perspective of whiteness.
Dr. Rivera also enjoys writing in Spanish. His play “Adiós mundo cruel”
was published in 2018.