• Luis Mora-Ballesteros
  • Spanish Language Program Coordinator
  • PhD Simon Bolívar University
  • Office: AB- 5167
  • Office Hours: MW 2:30- 3:30 pm AB-5167

Luis Mora-Ballesteros has a PhD in Literature and MSc in Latin-American and Caribbean Literatures. Dr. Mora-Ballesteros is an international early career scholar with a range of international experiences teaching at the college level in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

Before joining Rutgers University, Dr. Mora-Ballesteros taught Spanish and Latin-American and Caribbean Literature in Venezuela for seven years; Spanish as a Foreign Language in Costa Rica; Spanish at Holy Family University; Spanish and Hispanic-American Literature in Translation at CUNY, Spanish for Healthcare and Afro-Hispanic Literature at Monmouth University and Creative Writing in Spanish at Bard Early College Manhattan.

His research focuses on intersections between governance regimes and 21st-century Central and South American and Afro-Caribbean fiction. His academic and research interests include Spanish for Health Care Professionals and Creative Writing in Spanish. He leads the independent scholar group Global Studies Academic Forum (GLOBALSFOR).

As a Spanish Language Program Coordinator at Rutgers University, his responsibilities include directing curricular, administrative, and staffing matters related to the Spanish language program. He coordinate Lecturers, Teaching Assistants, and Fellows. Previously, he was Spanish 102 coordinator at Monmouth University and served as an Online Learning Peer Faculty Mentor at the Kingsborough Center for e-Learning. He was also the coordinator of the Spanish within the Equal Opportunities Program within the Dean’s Office for Outreach Programs at Simon Bolivar University (PIO-USB), where the majority of students were from public schools located in zones of exclusion in the Great Metropolitan Area of Caracas.

Dr. Mora-Ballesteros is a Venezuelan-American author and doctor in Literature who has developed his career as a writer alongside his work as a literary critic, promoter, and lecturer in Spanish. He is the author of the novels Díptico de la frontera (2020), La sombra del comandante (2021), and Ya no es posible el Sur (forthcoming), and the critical essays Prácticas críticas. Apuntes sobre literaturas urbanas del Caribe hispánico (2022), and City, dystopia and games of control in the Latin American novel at the beginning of the 21st century (forthcoming). He was coeditor of the volumes Transgresiones en las letras iberoamericanas: visiones del lenguaje poético (2021) and Diásporas, éxodos y representaciones en el arte y la literatura hispanoamericanos (2023). Books reviews and papers of his creative work have appeared in the journals Contexto, Letralia, Argus-a, Revista Brasileira do Caribe, Estudios de Teoría Literaria, and Latin American Literature Today.

SCHOLARLY ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS (LAST FIVE YEARS)

  • “Las formas del país en Cartas de renuncia de Arturo Gutiérrez Plaza”. En Transgresiones en las letras iberoamericanas: visiones del lenguaje poético. Argus-a. California, 2021
  • “Preface” en Yánez, Adelso. Modalidades discursivas en el género del realismo social latinoamericano: estudio pragmático y sociocrítico. Peter Lang: Berlin, 2021
  • “Memoria y fractura social en El ruido de las cosas al caer de Juan Gabriel Vásquez.” Argus-a, California, 2021 Vol. XI (42).
  • “Rhetoric and Imagery of the Caracazo in La última vez and its Link to the Political Narrative of Chavismo.” IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities, Japan, 2020 Vol. 7(1).
  • “Tendencies of the Venezuelan urban novel. Towards a contemporary imagery of infernal city.” Argus-a, Argentina, 2019 Vol. IX (34).
  • “Narrative/compositional strategies in La biografía difusa de Sombra Castañeda.” Context: Annual Journal of Literary Studies, Venezuela, 2015 Vol. 21: 125-138.

PRESENTATIONS/INVITED TALKS (LAST FIVE YEARS)

2023

  • University Javeriana “Ciudad, distopía y juegos de control en la novela hispanoamericana del Siglo XXI”, Bogotá, Colombia, August 2023
  • Instituto Caro y Cuervo “Ciudad, distopía y juegos de control en la novela hispanoamericana del Siglo XXI”, Bogotá, Colombia, August 2023
  • Universidad del Rosario “Díptico de la frontera”, Bogotá, Colombia, August 2023
  • Canadian Association of African Studies Conference, “Awareness of Afro-Hispanic culture through the lens of its literature, history, and artistic expressions”, Toronto, CA, June 2023.
  • New Jersey International Book Fair, Union City, NJ, June 2023
  • «Memorias, intercambios y representación en Llévame esta noche (2020), de Miguel Gomes». I Congreso Internacional: Humanidades en Tiempo Presente, Caracas, Venezuela, May 2023
  • «The African Presence in Latin America with Luis Mora-Ballesteros» Black And African Diaspora Forum United (BADFU) Season 6 Episode 7, March, 2023
  • NeMLA “Afectos entre Caracas, Salamanca y Figueira da Foz en Llévame esta noche (2020) de Miguel Gomes”, Niagara, NY, March 2023
  • “The Afro-Caribbean Connection: Tracing African Roots in the Afro-Hispanic Culture”, African Diaspora Studies Minor Event, Monmouth University, NJ, March, 2023
  • Moderator on «The Afro-Hispanic Reader an Anthology (English and Spanish Edition)” by Antonio Di Tilis. Monmouth University, NJ, February, 2023

2022

  • “Una trilogía de la frontera en la novelística venezolana contemporánea”. 7th Caracas Book Fair - FLOC Andrés Bello Catholic University, December, 2022.
  • “III Jornadas Académicas de Literatura Centroamericana”. Departamento de Letras, Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, October 2022

2021

  • “A celebration of Latino Lives in Long Branch”. Long Branch Free Public Library, Long Branch, NJ, October 2021 2020
  • " QUENCH: Global Studies: Latino, Latinx, and Caribbean Cultures in the United States.” Monmouth University, NJ, September 2020
  • Aula De Abertura: “Díptico Da Fronteira” Uma Crônica Transfronteiriça Sobre As Migrações Colombiano Venezuelanas, Universidade Federal do Tocantins, Brasil, September 2020

ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMITTEES

  • Northeast Modern Language Association NeMLA
  • Canadian Association of African Studies
  • Journal of the School of Letters at Andrés Bello Catholic University
  • Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Literature at the University of Los Andes
  • Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Literature Research Center
  • International Network of Comparative Literature Researchers (REDILIC)