Chris Harris was appointed Honorary Professor in Hispanic Studies in 2018. He is a specialist in twentieth and twenty-first century Mexican Studies, an Assistant Editor at the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (LUP), and an experienced academic leader whose recent contributions include serving as Conference Secretary for the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland/AHGBI (2012-2017), and as Head of Department for Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool (2012-16). He is a trained and dedicated Athena SWAN assessor for post-2015 awards in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Chris has primary research interests in Mexican cultural politics, literary masculinities, gender theory, critical theory and ethical criticism. He has published on Mexican authors such as Azuela, Rulfo, Castellanos, Mastretta, González de Alba and Poniatowska, on the cultural politics of the Mexican Revolution and the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre, and has used interpretative frameworks that range from R.W Connell's sociological theorisation of masculinities to Raymond Williams' structures of feeling, Edward Said's contrapuntal reading, and Heidegger's commentaries on the fore-structures of understanding in Being and Time.
Chris is currently leading on the project: Border Masculinities: Cross-Disciplinary Dialogues and New Directions. This is a co-edited book with Dr Amit Thakkar and Dr Brian Baker, both from Lancaster University. With multiple types of border as a thematic anchor, the project brings together scholars whose research collectively crosses disciplines and encompasses new work on topics as diverse as: men and rock-climbing in the US; gay men in Chinese popular television, and dictators in Francophone African Literature. The project also examines new research directions in the field of critical studies of men and masculinities.
- Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA, 2018).
- Level 7 Certificate, Institute of Leadership and Management/ILM, University of Liverpool, 2013.
- PhD in Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, 1993.
- BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (Spanish and French), University of Liverpool, 1985.