Born in Miami to Cuban parents in the 1970s, and trained as a Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, Raúl Rubio is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Chair of Foreign Languages at the New School in Manhattan. Rubio received a doctorate in Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans and earned a Master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College of Vermont. He completed his undergraduate degree at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. He has held research and teaching positions at Tulane University, The College of William and Mary, Wellesley College, and most recently at the City University of New York.
Rubio’s research is grounded in the emerging interdisciplinary field of material culture, which examines a wide-range of artifacts, from cultural commodities to the museum archive. Rubio's book La Habana: cartografías culturales was published in 2013 by the Aduana Vieja press of Spain. The book examines the worldwide fascination with Cuba and things Cuban during the last century, particularly envisioning how the city of Havana, is more than a scenic backdrop, having become the nation’s most visible protagonist and its foremost player. Rubio's research spans the humanities, particularly visual and material cultures, engaging the examination of ethnic identity, gender and sexuality, community formation, and cultural production.
His scholarship has appeared in numerous books, including, Cuba: Idea of a Nation Displaced (SUNY Press, 2007); Narratología y discursos multiples (Editorial Dunken, 2013); Living With Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture (Palgrave, 2013); Un pueblo Disperso: Dimensiones sociales y culturales de la diáspora cubana (Aduana Vieja, 2014); andHandbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts: New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change (Paradigm, 2014).
His research has been published by wide-range of academic journals, including, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (U. of Texas Press), Letras Hispanas (Texas State University), CiberLetras (Lehman College, CUNY), Espéculo: revista de estudios literarios (Universidad Complutense-Madrid,Spain), and Caribe: revista de literatura y cultura (Marquette University) and Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana (Arizona State University).
Prior to his appointment at The New School, Rubio was Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at John Jay College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Concurrently he was a Cuba Project Fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at The Graduate Center of CUNY and served a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Ethnic Studies (2010-2014). Professor Rubio was an at-large member of the John Jay College Faculty Senate and College Council (2013-2014; 2014-2015). He served as Faculty Advisor to John Jay’s Student Council (2012-2013) and was a member of the Food Advisory Board 2013-2015. Rubio was a member of the Middle-States Reaccreditation Work Group on Faculty Affairs in preparation for the spring 2013 Middle States Reaccreditation process.
Rubio performed a variety of administrative roles at the department level. From the fall of 2009 through the summer of 2011 he was Placement Coordinator, Advisor, and Liaison to the Foreign Language Laboratory. More recently, during the spring of 2013 and through the 2013-2014 academic year, he coordinated assessment activities for the department, which included the gathering and reporting of outcomes assessment data for the department’s courses for all languages. Professor Rubio taught Spanish-language courses at all levels, including Latin American literature and theatre, Professional Spanish, and courses in English pertaining to Latin American and U.S. Latino/a cultural studies. He was an affiliated faculty member of John Jay’s Program in Gender Studies.
In 2012 Professor Rubio was involved in a fascinating co-curricular project, the development of a Spanish-language learning community for John Jay students, where Rubio’s new course “Nature and Society in the Hispanic World” was paired with a Natural Sciences course taught by Professor Nathan Lents of the Department of Biology.