Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui's research interests include Latino/a Literature and Culture, XXth-Century Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, gender theory and sexuality studies, and psychoanalysis. He is the author of Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature(Palgrave, 2002), and has also published articles on sexuality, queer identities in Latino/a America, and melodrama.
Prof. Sifuentes-Jáuregui teaches a variety of undergraduate courses on Latin American and U.S. Latino/a literature, film, performance theory, and cultural practices. His graduate seminars include topics such as melodrama as hegemonic discourse in Latin American cultures; deconstruction and master narratives; interrogating critical concepts in gender and queer theory as they relate to a broad American context; representations of race, sexuality and gender in the cultural production of the nation; also, U.S. Latino/a identities and postcolonial theory. Presently he is working on two research projects: One is entitled "The Avowal of Difference: Queer Latino American Narratives"; in it he looks at strategies of queer self-figuration in Latin American and Latino texts, particularly looking at the role of silence and disavowal. The other project deals with the relationship between of melodrama and masochism in a series of Latin American novels, films, and essays.