PhD Comparative Literature
Erika Rodriguez's interests include nineteenth-century Iberian literature and culture, disability studies, queer theory, and women, gender, and sexuality studies. Her dissertation, entitled "Crip Time in Fin-de-siècle Spain: Disability, Degeneration, and Eugenics," examines works by Emilia Pardo Bazán, Benito Pérez Galdós, and Sofía Casanova.
She received the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016-2017 and the Graduate Student Leadership Award from the Association of Women Faculty in 2018. She is a proud member of the Edward A. Bouchet Honor Society.
Erika is one of the founding members and co-president of the Association of Gender Minority and Women Graduate Students (GeMWGS), an intersectional and interdisciplinary group dedicated to improving gender climate issues across campus through a variety of initiatives, including pedagogy workshops and mentorship panels. She is also currently a convener for the Disability Studies Reading Group and served as a convener for Spatial Theory Graduate Student Reading Group (2014-2017), both of which have been sponsored by the Center for the Humanities Reading Group Grant.