Paul L. Goldberg

Paul L. Goldberg, PhD

  • Associate Dean of Humanities
  • Chair of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Professor of Spanish
Media Expertise:
  • International Relations
  • Arts & Culture

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Spanish and Portuguese (2000)
    University of New Mexico (NM)
  • BA Hispanic Studies (1994)
    Connecticut College, New London (CT)

About Me

I received my BA in Hispanic Studies from Connecticut College and my PhD in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of New Mexico. My research interests currently focus on Mexico and Brazil, and I teach all levels of Spanish language, literature, and culture. As an undergrad, I spent over two years living and studying in Guayaquil, Ecuador where I developed a love for the Spanish language and the stunning beauty of the Andes. I began my scholarly career researching diasporic literature emerging from enclaves of post-World War II Jewish refugees in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru. My interest in Latin American immigrant literature has evolved to consider more recent discursive representations of human travel, migration, and dislocation in both Mexico and Brazil. I am particularly fond of incorporating web-based video conferencing platforms into all my courses, which serve to facilitate frequent one-on-one online conversations between Widener students and their university counterparts in Latin America and Spain.

Research Interests

My research interests include 19th- and 20th-century narrative works. I have published articles on works of literature from the Andean region and Mexico as well as on Latin American Jewish writers, Latin American globalization, and so-called narco-literature.


  • “Cartel Mapping, Narco-Panopticism, and Geography in Contemporary Mexican Narratives of Drug Trafficking.” Chasqui: Revista Literatura Latinoamericana. 48.1 (May 2019): 104-30. Print.

  • “Narco-Pastoralism: Drug Trafficking, Ecology and the Trope of the Noble Campesino in Three Mexican Narconovelas.” ISLS: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 23.1 (April 2016): 30–50. Print.

  • “The Intrusion of Memory: Madness and the Allegory of the Dysfunctional State in Laura Restrepo's Delirio” Crítica Hispánica 34 (Spring 2013): 63-77. Print.

  • "Reading the Road Trip in the Age of Globalization: Travel and Place in Pablo Soler Frost's Yerba americana." Confluencia-Revista Hispanica de Cultura y Literatura 28.2 (2013): 19–36. Web.

  • "Narcos, Globalistas, and the Aesthetics of Deterritorialization in Luis Felipe G. Lomeli's Todos santos de California." Chasqui 37.1 (2008): 49–65. Web.

  • "Los silencios contados: The Force of Absence and the Articulation of Silence in Margo Glantz's Las genealog as and Marjorie Agosn's Sagrada memoria: Reminiscencias de una nia jud'a en Chile." Monographic Review/Revista monográfica 21 (2001): 315–326.


  • Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences (2011)