Rita Palacios

Name Rita M. Palacios
School School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) - Accounting, Audit and Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) - International Business Management
  • Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Engineering - Electronic Systems Engineering
Academic and Professional Designations PhD, Spanish
Title Professor
Courses Taught
  • SPAN71010
  • SPAN72010
  • SPAN73010
Areas of Expertise & Interest

Contemporary Maya Literature and Culture 

  • Latin American Studies 
  • Gender and Cultural Studies

Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities
  • Assistant Professor of Spanish, Concordia University
  • Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature, California State University, Long Beach
Major research projects, scholarly activities, and/or publications

Select Grants and Research Projects

  1. Conestoga New and Emerging Research Grant (CNERG), Project title: "From Huehuetla to Turtle Island: A Collaborative Model for Indigenous Language Preservation and Revitalization" January 2023-May 2023.
  2. Faculty Mobility for Partnership Building Grant, Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), Global Affairs Canada. 2022-2023.
  3. eCampus Ontario, Central Virtual Learning Platform Support Grant for OER development. October 2021-February 2022.

Select Publications
  • Palacios, Rita M. and Paul Worley. Unwriting Maya Literature: Ts'íib as Recorded Knowledge. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2019, 2022.
Journal articles and book chapters
  • “Central America: Poetry.” Handbook of Latin American Studies No.76. Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. University of Texas Press, 2023. 391-392.
  • “Recentering the World: Reading Maya Literatures through Xocom Balumil,” co-authored with Paul M. Worley. Central American Literature as World Literature. Edited by Sophie Esch. In press.
  • “Belonging Beyond Nations Indigenous Writers Rewriting Latin America,” co-authored with Paul M. Worley. Teaching Indigenous Studies of and in Latin America. Edited by Tracy Devine Guzmán. Modern Language Association. Forthcoming.
  • “’We are the canon’: On Reconceptualizing Hispanic Studies from Indigenous Studies,” co-authored with Juan Castillo Cocom and Paul M. Worley. Tearing Down Disciplinary Barriers: Dialogues between Hispanic Studies and Indigenous Studies. Edited by Gloria Chacón, Juan Guillermo Sánchez, and Lauren Beck. Forthcoming.
  • “Maya Literature” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. November 2022. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.013.1295
  • “Las palabras pintadas de Comalapa: Ts’íib en la obra de Negma Coy y Edgar Calel.” (Comalapa’s Painted Words: Ts’íib in Negma Coy’s and Edgar Calel’s Work). Co-authored with Paul M. Worley. Cuadernos de Literatura, vol. 26, 2022.
  • “Maya Poetry from Guatemala: Moving Beyond the Written Word.” Approaches to Teaching Central American Literature. Edited by Gloria Chacón and Mónica Albizúrez. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2022. 148-160.
Additional information
Rita is a passionate teacher who enjoys challenging her students to think beyond language. She loves to laugh with her students and sees learning opportunities everywhere.