Richard Reitsma

Chair/Associate Professor

BA: English. Grand Valley State University
MA: Comparative Literature. Purdue University
PhD: Comparative Literature. Washington University-St. Louis. 2408 Office: CT 1015

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. His current research and teaching concentrates on gender and minority representation in literature and film of the American South, U.S. Latinos, and Latin America. Richard's teaching focuses on issues of (im)migration, gender/sexuality, and race in Latin America and the greater Spanish Speaking world. Dr. Reitsma directs the study abroad programs in Cuba and Costa Rica. He is currently working on Sexuality, Masculinity, and the State in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Richard is also developing several new projects, one looking at how Buffalo industry profited from slavery in the Caribbean, and another on Border Studies issues. Dr. Reitsma also runs the Latino/LGBTQ Speakers Series. He serves as club co-advisor to Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honors Society), LASAF (Latin American Students & Friends), and UNITY (Gender & Sexuality Alliance).


Interviewing While LBGTQ: The Questions and Issues You Should Think About on the Academic Job Market.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. 61.30 6 April 2015. (11pages)

“Literature, Gay Men’s.” International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, Eds. Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. 2015. 700-705.

World Film Locations: Havana: Ed. Ann Marie Stock. Bristol, UK : Intellect Books. 2014: 3 Mini Essays:

  • “The Last Days of the Victim/Los últimos días de la victima.” 66-67.
  • “Before Night Falls/Antes que anochezca.” 70-71.
  • “Honey for Oshun/Miel para Oshun.” 72-73.

“Queer (In)Tolerance in Children’s Animated Film.” Queer Love in Film and Television, Critical Essays. Eds. Pamela Demory and Christopher Pullen. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2013. 129-138.

“Quo vadis, queer vato? Queer and Loathing in Latino Cinema.” LGBT Transnational Identity and the Media. Ed. Chris Pullen. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 231-241.