Robert D. Aguirre (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Provost and Professor of English at the University of Windsor, Ontario.  Between 2012-18, he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of English at James Madison University. He was on the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan from 1997-2018, serving as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2012-2018. He has also taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and UCLA. A scholar of the literary and cultural dimensions of the Atlantic World, he is the author of Informal Empire: Mexico and Central America in Victorian Culture (2004) and Mobility and Modernity: Panama in the Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Imagination (2017), as well as essays on Latino literature, museums, travel literature, and, more recently, photography. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Huntington Library, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and Brown University.


B.A., English, UC Santa Barbara

Ph.D., English and American Literature and Language, Harvard

Other Publications

Books (peer-reviewed)

Mobility and Modernity: Panama in the Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Imagination (Ohio State University Press, 2017).

[Reviewed in: The Americas (2019); Nineteenth-Century Literature (2019); Journal of British Studies (2018); Victorian Studies (2019); American Literary History (2019)].

 Informal Empire: Mexico and Central America in Victorian Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2005).

[Reviewed in: Hispanic American Historical Review (2006); Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism (2006); Americas (2006); Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies (2006); American Literature (2006); Studies in English Literature (2006); Journal of Trans-Atlantic Studies (2006); Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History (2006); Victorian Studies (2006); Journal of British Studies (2006); Review of English Studies (2006); Material Culture (2006); Clio (2006); Victorian Literature and Culture (2015; review of prominent work in the field)].


[Chapter 4 translated in Yaxkin 35.1 (2009): 217-270, journal of the Instituto Hondureño de Antropología e Historia, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.]


Articles and Book Chapters

“Wide Angle: Muybridge, the Americas, and Trans-indigenous Representation,” Victorian Literature and Culture 49.1 (2021):1-18.

“Victorian Literature and Latin America,” in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literatures, ed. Dino Franco Felluga et al. (2015) Blackwell Reference Online.  25 September 2015.

“’Affairs of State’: Mobilities, Communication, and Race in Trollope’s The West Indies and the Spanish Main,” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 37.1 (2015): 1-20.

“The Work of Archaeology: The Maudslays in Late Nineteenth-century Guatemala,” in Entangled Knowledges: Scientific Discourses and Cultural Difference, ed. Klaus Hock and Gesa Mackenthun (Münster: Waxmann, 2012), 229-246.

“Mexico, Independence, and Trans-Atlantic Exchange, 1822-24,” in BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History, ed. Dino Franco Felluga, extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. Web. [accessed 9/20/2012].

“William Bullock (1780–1844): British Museum Curator and Showman in Mexico,” in The Human Tradition in the Atlantic World, 1500-1850, ed. Karen Racine and Beatriz G. Mamigonian (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010): 223-35.

“Behind the Gallery Doors,” Publications of the Modern Language Association, 125.1 (2010): 129-133.

“Frederick Catherwood,” Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

“Agencies of the Letter: The British Museum, the Foreign Office, and the Ruins of Central America,” Victorian Studies 46.2 (2004): 285-96.

“Exhibiting Degeneracy: The Aztec Children and the Ruins of Race,” Victorian Review 29.2 (2003): 40-63.

“Annihilating the Distance: Panoramas and the Conquest of Mexico, 1822-1848,” Genre: Forms of Discourse 35.1 (2002): 25-54.

“Cold Print: Professing Authorship in Trollope’s An Autobiography,Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 25.4 (2002): 569-593.


Short Academic Pieces

“Plutarch’s Lives,” in Classical Literature and Its Times, ed. Joyce Moss (Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2006), 301-12.

“Andrea Camilleri’s Excursion to Tindari,” in World Literature and Its Times 7: Italian Literature and Its Times, ed. Joyce Moss (Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005), 151-159.

“Richard Francis Burton and Henry Morton Stanley,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature,” ed. David Scott Kastan, et al., 5 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).

“Anthropology and Ethnology,” in The Encyclopedia of the Victorian Era, ed. James Eli Adams et al., 4 vols. (Danbury, CT: Grolier Academic Press, 2004).

“Victor Martinez’s Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida,” in Literature and its Times: Supplement, ed. Joyce Moss, 2 vols. (Farmington Hills: Gale, 2002), 2:367-77.

“Richard Rodriguez’s Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father,” in Latin American Literature and its Times, ed. Joyce Moss (Farmington Hills: Gale, 1999), 85-94.

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