Erika Rodriguez

Erika Rodriguez

Comparative Literature
Inducted in 2018

Erika Rodriguez is a Ph.D. candidate in comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century Iberian literature and culture, disability studies, queer theory, and gender studies. Her dissertation, entitled “Crip Times in An Eccentric Modernity: Deviant Temporalities in Fin de Siglo Literature,” examines works by Emilia Pardo Bazán, Benito Pérez Galdós, and Sofía Casanova. In 2017 Erika was a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Beyond the classroom, Erika volunteers as a museum docent in the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and as a leading tutor with the Niños Cambios Puertas Volunteer Program, which provides mentoring to Latinx youth in St. Louis. Erika is working toward an academic career that will enable her to continue teaching the urgent need to examine how we accept, subvert, and enact ideologies through narratives.