Salvador Lopez Rivera is a sixth-year PhD (ABD) candidate in French language and literature with a certificate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. In 2017, he received a B.A. in French and Francophone studies from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.
His primary research interest is contemporary French literature; his dissertation titled “The France No One Cares About” critiques literary texts documenting life in deindustrialized spaces in France in the 21st century with the help of intersectional feminism. He has presented papers on the work of French writer Édouard Louis in conferences in France and the United States. He is also interested in cultural studies, particularly in approaches like affect theory, feminist, ethnic, and queer studies, new materialism, and postcolonial studies.
He has taught different levels of French language and culture, introduction to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and tutorials in academic writing for international graduate students. He has worked in the humanities digital workshop organized by the College of Arts and Sciences and is co-convener of the biyearly Works in Progress colloquium for graduate students in the Romance languages department. He was the graduate senator for the Romance Languages department and a TESOL fellow with CAPS (formerly University College) in the 2022-2023 academic year. This year, he is a graduate fellow at the Center for the Humanities.
Salvador's research has been featured in the journals Review of Contemporary French Fixxion and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: Sites.