Aaron Lacayo

Assistant Professor




Campus Box 0411


McKnight Hall
Room 33 A
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


PhD Rutgers University
MA Rutgers University
BA New York University

Academic Focus

Contemporary Latin American literature & cinema, literary translation, animal studies and environmental humanities

Aarón Lacayo is an Assistant Professor and Mellon Faculty Fellow at Gettysburg College in the Spanish Department. He holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature with a certificate in Cinema Studies and a M.A. in Spanish, both from Rutgers University. His research and teaching interests include contemporary Latin American literature and cinema, literary translation, animal studies and the environmental humanities. His current research focuses on the intersections of ecology, politics and violence in contemporary Central American cinema. He has published articles about contemporary cinema, poetry and translation. He has also translated the Salvadorean novella, La han despedido de nuevo (They Have Fired Her Again) by Claudia Hernández and Gordon Matta-Clark’s visual poetry, Art Cards/Fichas de arte.

“A Queer and Embodied Translation: Ethics of Difference and Erotics of Distance.” Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 51.2 (2014), 215-230.

“Nomadic Translations: (G)hosting in Amelia Rosselli’s Variazioni belliche,” Carte Italiane, Vol. 9 (2014), 107-117.

They Have Fired Her Again/La han despedido de nuevo. Claudia Hernández. Sangría Editora, 2016.
Art Cards / Fichas de arte. Gordon Matta-Clark. Sangría Editora, 2013.

Courses Taught at Gettysburg College:

Spanish 306: After the War: Memory, Violence & the Body in Central American Literature & Film Spanish 301: The Contemporary Short Film: Themes and Techniques                                   Spanish 345: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis                                                 Spanish 320: Topics in Latin America: Ecological Perspectives
Spanish 201: Intermediate Spanish I
Spanish 102: Elementary Spanish II