College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

Carment R. Lugo-LugoCarmen R. Lugo-Lugo

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Washington State University

Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo was born and raised in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. She spent her childhood among loving relatives and adoring parents, mostly by the beach. Carmen loves the sound of the (Atlantic) ocean and gets mesmerized by the sound of rustling trees against the wind. These days she spends her free time (beautiful oxymoron) with her partner Mary, their mini schnauzer Emmy, and their cat CeeCee.

Carmen obtained her B.A. in sociology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. Her M.A., also in sociology, is from Washington State University, and her Ph.D. is in American studies from Washington State University as well. She has published a number of books and scholarly articles (some of them are listed below).

Research Interests

  • Puerto Rican and Latina/o studies
  • Race and gender in popular culture
  • Latina/o literature and constructions of ethnicity and gender
  • Colonialism/imperialism and empire
  • Post–9/11 cultural and rhetorical productions
  • Race relations in the U.S.

Teaching Interests

Carmen uses literature, history, sociology, ethnic studies, popular culture, and a little bit of luck to teach about issues of race and structural inequalities. On a broad level, she teaches about the relationship between social markers and identities (such as gender, race, class, sexuality, etc.), privilege, power, and the resulting unequal distribution of resources.

Selected Publications

Books
  • Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K. and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo. Under contract.  Projecting 9/11: Productions of Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Recent Hollywood Films. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • King, C.R., Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. 2010.Animating Difference: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary Films for Children. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K. and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo. 2010. Containing (un)American Bodies: Race, Sexuality, and Post–11 September 2001 Constructions of Citizenship. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. 2009. A New Kind of Containment: "The War on Terror," Sexuality, and Race Edited Collection. Kenilworth, NJ: Rodopi Press.
Book Chapters
  • Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K. and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo. 2013. "The Monster Within: Post-9/11 Narratives and Threat and the U.S. Shifting Terrain of Terror." In Monstrous Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader. Marina Levina and Diem-My Bui, Eds. New York: Continuum.
  • Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K. and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo. 2013. "Elisions of Race and Stories of Progress: Planet 51 and Princess and the Frog." In Race, Philosophy, and Film. Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo and Dan Flory, Eds. New York: Routledge.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. 2012. "A Prostitute, a Servant, and a Customer Service Representative: A Latina in Academia." Presumed Incompetent. Edited by Angela P. Harris, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, et al. Logan: Utah State University Press, Pp. 40-49.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R., and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. 2012. "'Look out New World, Here we Come'?: Race, Racialization, and Sexuality in Four Children's Animated Films by Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks." In Cinematic Sociology: Social Life in Film, Second Edition. Jean-Anne Sutherland and Kathryn Feltey. Thousand Oakes: Sage. Pp. 261-271.
Refereed Articles
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. Forthcoming. "Containing (Un)American Bodies in Arizona through Senate Bill 1070." Peace Review. Vol. 26.2.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. 2012. "An Island in Raw Skin: Vieques and the Transnational Activist Challenge to Puerto Rico's Colonial Invisibility." Latino Research Review. Vol. 8:1-2, Pp. 209-230.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. 2012. "'Ricky Martin ain't no Dixie Chick': Notes on Citizenship and Invisibility." Centro Journal. Vol. 24:1, Pp. 68-89.
  • Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K., and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo. 2011. "Post–9/11 Discourses of Threat and Constructions of Terror in the Age of Obama." Altre Modernitá.: Rivista di Studi Letterari e Culturali. Vol. 9/11/2001, Pp.261–278.
    http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/AMonline/issue/view/211/showToc.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. 2011. "9/11 Goes to the Movies: The Mythological Reverberations of 'the Day that Changed America.'"Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture. Vol.11:2.
    http://reconstruction.eserver.org/112/Lugo-Lugo.shtml.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. and Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary. 2011. "Bare Biceps in the White House: The First (Black) Lady and a New Kind of Threat." Women's Studies Quarterly. Vol. 39:1–2. Pp. 200–217.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. 2010. "Writers of the Colony: Feminism via Puerto Ricanness in the Literature of Contemporary Women Authors on the Island."Journal of Latino Latin-American Studies. Vol. 7:3. Pp. 101–120.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. 2010. "475° from September 11th: The Browning of Terror, Same-Sex Marriage, and Immigration." Journal of Cultural Studies. Vol. 24:2. Pp. 234–255.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. 2009. "Black as Brown: The 2008 Obama Primary Campaign and the US Browning of Terror." The Journal of African American Studies. Vol. 13:2. Pp. 110–120.
  • Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K. and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo. 2008. "Citizenship, Immigration, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Browning of Terror." Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice. 20:3.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. and Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo. 2008. "'Look Out New World, Here We Come?': Race, Racialization and Sexuality in Four Children's Animated Films by Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks." Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. 8:4.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. 2008. "'So you are a Mestiza': Exploring the Consequences of Ethnic and Racial Clumping for Latinas in the US Academy."Ethnic and Racial Studies. 31:3. Pp. 611–628.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. 2006. "U.S. Congressional Rhetoric and the Invisibility of Coloniality: The Case of Puerto Rico's Political Status." Centro Journal. 26:11. Pp. 124–145.
  • Leonard, David J., and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo. 2005. "Reinventing Women, Sexuality, and the Black Breast: Seeming Acts of Transgression in Popular Culture and their Consequences (The Case of the 2003 VMA and the 2004 Superbowl Half-Time Show)." Transgression and Taboo: Critical Essays. Edited by Vartan P. Messier and Nandita Batra. Pp. 95–114.
  • Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R. and Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K. 2005. "'The War on Terror' and Domestic 'Terrorism': Same Sex Marriage and U.S. State Discourse in the 2004 Presidential Election." International Journal of Contemporary Sociology. 42:2. Pp. 227–248.
  • Bloodsworth-Lugo, Mary K., and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo. 2005. "The War on Terror and Same-Sex Marriage: Narratives of Containment and the Shaping of U.S. Public Opinion." Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research. 30:4. Pp. 469–488.

Contact Dr. Lugo-Lugo

clugo@wsu.edu
509-335-2889
Wilson-Short Hall 116

Spring 2014 Office Hours

Tuesday: 12:00–1:15 p.m.
Thursday: 12:00–1:15 p.m.
and by appointment

Course Materials

Spring 2014
Past Courses

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