Dr. Rivera received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University in 2001, and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He has been at Clark since 2012.
Dr. Rivera is currently writing a book on the relationship between non-normative sexualities and non-monolingual linguistic practices in contemporary Latin American literature. His research interests include the study of gender and sexuality, feminism, psychoanalysis, technologies of the body, Latin American critical thought, and race. He teaches courses in the Spanish language, as well as advanced undergraduate courses on Latin American literature and culture from all periods. These courses include representations of Latin American youth, of gay, lesbian and transgender individuals, and of technologies of body modification.;
Lección errante: Mayra Santos-Febres y el Caribe contemporáneo. Book of essays by new and established scholars, co-edited with Dr. Nadia Celis of Bowdoin College. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Isla Negra Editores, 2011. Print, 282 pages.
Review of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora, by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes. Published in Cambridge University Press's Journal of Latin American Studies 44.2 (2012): 396-397. Print.
"'To Make the One Impossible': Queerness and Multilingualism in the Poetry of Francisco X. Alarcón." Confluencia: Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Special Section on Chicano Literature 26.1 (2010): 98-111. Print.
"Language Allergy: Seduction and Second Languages in 'How the García Girls Lost Their Accents'." Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 2.2 (2010): 123-135. Web.
"Cabeza colosal: La raza y la guerra de escrituras en Colibrí de Severo Sarduy." Delaware Review of Latin American Studies 11.1 (2010): np. Web.
“Heterofilia: El modelo heterosexual en la crítica del Inca Garcilaso." Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 36 (2007): 96-107. Print.