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Bey West
Assistant Professor
World Languages and Cultures
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Latina/o and Latin American Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4755
Literary Historiography, Latin American Literatures and Cultures, The Caste Wars of Mexican Southeast, Contemporary Mayan Literature, Critical Theory (Feminist Theory)
Courses Taught
See CV for full list of courses
Research Interests
Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Yucatan Studies, Mayan Studies, Gender & Race Studies, Trans* Studies, Feminism

Ph.D. Spanish, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 2016
M.A. Spanish, Ohio University, Athens, OH 2007
B.A. Spanish, Ohio University, Athens, OH 2005

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles:
“Yucateco Pirate Novels and the Discourses of the Mayan Rebel in the Nineteenth-Century Creole Imaginary.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Washington University, St. Louis. Forthcoming. 

Book Chapters:
"A Neoliberal Love Spell: Race, Tourism and the Yucatan Peninsula and an Analysis of Televisa’s Sortilegio." In Mobilized Identities: Mediated Subjectivity and Cultural Crisis in the Neoliberal Era. Ed. Cameron McCarthy. Champaign, IL: Common Grounds Publishing, 2014

Selected Exhibitions


“La literatura en español de Chicago: imaginarios de resistencia y resiliencia.” La cuarta feria del libro de Chicago, Virtual. Oct 16 2021.

Marín, Pedro Pablo, host. “El barroco latinoamericano y la imagen-como-presencia.” Xochipilli Magazine, Season 1, Ep 1. Sept 21 2021.

“A Hemispheric Perspective of US Policing Practices: Borders, (Im)migration and Criminalization.” December 2nd, 2020. FUND Students, Defund Police. Pedroso Center, Northeastern Illinois University, Virtual (COVID-19).

“Literatura de inmigración: Exploring the Midwest’s Spanish-Language Literary Production.” 20 Feb 2019. Western Carolina University: The Josefina Niggli Latinx Speaker Series. Invited Speaker.

Hyland, Steven, host. “Mayan Studies Today with Sarah West and Sarah Williams.” Historias, 11 Aug. 2019. Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies [SECOLAS], 2019.

Yucatán Caste Wars in “Contemporary” Maaya T’aan Bilingual Literature: En busca de María Uicab (Rosado Rosado and Chablé Mendoza) and Cecilio Chi’ (Gomez Navarrete). Latin Ameriican Studies Association Conference. San Francisco. May 5-8, 2022.


“In Chan Kaajalo’ob: Orality, Identity, and the Cultural Production of Mayan Latinxs.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. Virtual (COVID-19). March 27-30, 2021.

“Aproximaciones académicas a la literatura en español de Chicago”. Latino Studies Association. Pending (postponed due to COVID-19).

“Literary Visions of the Caste War in Eligio Ancona’s La Mestiza (1861).” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. Oaxaca, Mexico. March 27-30, 2019.

“The Voices of Yucatán’s Caste War Rebels: a Literary Perspective.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. Oaxaca, Mexico. March 27-30, 2019.

“Mayanism, Caste War and the Mexican Revolution: The Shifting Discourses of Race in the Literatures of Early Twentieth-Century Yucatán.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. Nashville, Tennessee. March 8-11, 2018.


Assistant Professor, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois

Visiting Instructor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

Adjunct Professor, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Instructor, Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, Mérida, Yucatán, México
Colegio de Negocios Internacionales, Mérida, Yucatán, México
Study Abroad Instructor, Ohio University, Mérida, Yucatán, México

Teaching Assistant, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

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