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Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Humanities Department (dhe)
27 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 444‐8612
Dr. Jose B. Gonzalez
Professor, Chief of English/Foreign Languages Section
Department of Humanities
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

A national award-winning educator, Jose B. Gonzalez, Ph.D., was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and immigrated to New London, Connecticut at the age of eight. He has been a featured speaker at colleges, universities, and organizations throughout the country and has contributed critical and nonfiction essays to such journals as New England Quarterly and to National Public Radio. He has published poetry in such journals as Callaloo, The Teacher's Voice, Palabra, Acentos Review, and Colere, and anthologies including Coloring Book, Nantucket: A Collection, and Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, which he also co-edited. His work recently appeared in a special edition of Ocho featuring Latino poets. He has received national and regional awards for his teaching, his efforts to improve the conditions of Latinos pursuing a college degree or a career in higher education, and for his poetry. He is also the founder and editor of  

  • Ph.D. in English, University of Rhode Island
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English, Brown University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bryant College

Courses Taught:
  • Humanities in World Literature
  • Composition and Speech
  • Writing About Literature
  • Latino Literature
  • Latinos in Film

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • Hispanic Heritage Hypocrisy,” Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education” October 2009
  • “After the Honduras-El Salvador Soccer War of 1969,” “Brown University Librarian Strike—1990,” and “i couldn't for a teenaged bully's death” (poems), Acentos Review, December 2008
  • ”Fleeing from Work,” “Football for the First Time,” and “The Art of Flipping” (poems), Ocho, Number 15, Special Issue on Latino Poets, edited by Francisco Aragon, January 2008
  • "Jesus Colon's Truth-Seeking Disciple: An Interview with Martin Espada," Latino Studies 2007, 5, (123-128)
  • “Sociology 101: Essay on Illegal Immigration,” The Teacher’s Voice. Spring 2006, Volume 2, Number 1
  • “Elvis in the Inner City,” Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora and Arts and Letters, Volume 29, Number 3, Summer 2006
  • “In the Company of Books” and “The Thanksgiving of No Mas,” Palabra: A Journal of Hispanic/Latino Literary Art, August 2006
  • Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature. New York: Longman, 2006. Includes original poems, “Autobrownography of a New England Latino,” “Caribbean Fresco,” and “Because No One Should Ask, ‘Chavez Who?’”
  • “A Bilingual Conundrum.” All Things Considered, National Public Radio, October 6, 2005
  • Entries in Encyclopedia of Ethnic American Literature, on Julia Alvarez, Junot Diaz, Martin Espada, Oscar Hijuelos, and Judith Ortiz Cofer, Greenwood Press
  • “Stealing Shakespeare.” Coloring Book: An Eclectic Anthology of Fiction & Poetry by Multicultural Writers. Rattlecat Press, 2003
  • “A Striped Basilisk Lecture” (poem). The Leaflet. Vol. 102, Number 2, Spring 2003
  • “Harnessing the Power of the Spoken Word.” The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. 16 June 2003. Volume 13, number 18
  • Poetry by the Finalists. Poet-of-the-Year Competition. 2002. New England Teachers of English. October 18, 2002
  • “Book Review of Jose Can You See: Latinos On and Off Broadway.” MELUS: The Journalof the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. Winter 2002
  • “Lola’s Pupusa Stand” (poem). Colere: A Journal of Cultural Exploration. 2002
  • “Nantucket Schools” (poem). Nantucket: A Collection. White Fish Press, 2001
  • "Caribbean Fresco" (poem). Calabash. September, 2000
  • "Book Review of Migrant Song." College Literature. June, 1999
  • "Breaking the Silence: Discussing Race and Ethnicity in the Classroom," The Teaching Professor. May, 1998

  • 2009 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Outstanding Latino Faculty of the Year
  • 2006 New England Teachers of English Poet of the Year
  • 2003 Higher Education Multicultural Faculty of the Year