Richard Reitsma, PhD Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Modern Languages Department

Richard Reitsma, PhD

Office: CT-1015
Phone: 888-2408

Richard Reitsma, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, received his M.A. from Purdue University, his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and studied abroad in Cuba, Mexico, and France. His doctoral research focused on issues of gender, sexuality, and race in plantation literature of the American South, Cuba and Puerto Rico.  At Canisius, Richard teaches Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Honors courses. A longtime judge for the Lambda Literary Awards, his current research concentrates on gender and minority representation in literature and film of the American South, U.S. Latinos, and Latin America. He is currently co-editing, along with Townes Coates, an anthology of essays entitled No Perfect Witness:  Being Gay, Talking God, and Fighting Back.  Recent research and publications include an examination of messages of diversity and tolerance in children’s animated movies, an exploration of the tensions between sexuality and ethnic identity in Latino film, and “Lethal Latin Lovers: Sex and Death in Latin American Cinema.”  

Prior to coming to Canisius, Reitsma taught Latin American Studies at The Johns Hopkins University; Spanish and Latin American Studies at Gettysburg College; and Literature of the Americas at The College of William and Mary.