Kristy Ulibarri

Kristy L Ulibarri

Assistant Professor

What I do

Kristy L. Ulibarri is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Literary Art who studies and teaches Latinx literary and cultural studies. She is also affiliate faculty with the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program.


Latin@/x literature, multiethnic literature, race and ethnicity, sexuality, cultural studies, literary and cultural theory

Professional Biography

Kristy L. Ulibarri received her Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and teaching primarily concentrate on Latinx literature and culture, im/migrant narratives, speculative fiction, and cultural studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled _Visible Borders, Invisible Economies: The Living Dead of Latinx Narratives_, which delineates the relationship between contemporary Latinx cultural production, free-market economies, and national security in the U.S. under NAFTA. Her work appears or is forthcoming in _Art Journal_, _Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies_, _Feminist Review_, _Latino Studies_, and the _Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature_.


  • Ph.D., English Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
  • MA, English, University of Northern Colorado, 2005
  • BA, English, University of Northern Colorado, 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • Latina/o Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association


I am currently finishing a book project entitled Visible Borders, Invisible Economies: The Living Dead of Latinx Narratives. This book considers the role of Latinx narratives--from prose to photography to film--in revealing the strategic and violent relationship between border fortification and free-market economy. I am also at the early stages of a second book project, tentatively titled The Cultural Politics of Agua: Latinx Romanticisms, Utopian Desires, and Speculative Economies, that considers the figure of water in Latinx literature and film since the 1960s and the growing speculative economy of water futures.

Featured Publications

Ulibarri, K. L. (2019). "Documenting the U.S.-Mexico Border: Photography, Movement, and Paradox". Art Journal. Art Journal.
Ulibarri, K. L. (2018). "Quotidian Inequality: Free-Market Logic in Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's _The Dirty Girls Social Club_ and Helena María Viramontes' _Their Dogs Came with Them_". Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 43(1), 121-148.
Ulibarri, K. L. (2012). Neoliberalism. In F. R. Aparicio & S. Bost (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature (pp. 152-161). London, England: Routledge.


Ulibarri, K. L. (2019). Dreaming of Deportation: Imagining Otherwise in Maceo Montoya’s The Deportation of Wopper Barraza . Latino/a Literary Theory and Criticism. John Jay College, NYC.
Ulibarri, K. L. (2018). The Latinos Are Coming!: Visible Immigrant Bodies and Invisible Labor in Urrea and Henríquez. RMMLA. Cheyenne, WY.
Ulibarri, K. L. (2018). "_Homo æconomicus_, the Capitalocene, and Temporality in Alex Rivera’s _Sleep Dealer_". Latina/o Studies Association. Washington, DC.
Ulibarri, K. L. (2018). The “Brown Peril” as Malthusian Catastrophe: Im/migrant Labor in Cristina Henriquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans. Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Barcelona, Espana.
Ulibarri, K. L. (2018). The Cultural Politics of Agua: Latinx Narratives and Water Futures. American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA). UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.


  • DULCCES Research and Creative Work Grant , DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship
  • Internationalization Grant, DU Office of Internationalization