Rubén Gallo

Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., Professor in Language, Literature, and Civilization of Spain
Office Phone
337 East Pyne
Office Hours

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  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University
  • B.A. in English from Yale University


Rubén Gallo is the Walter S Carpenter Jr. Professor in Latin American Literature at Princeton University, where he has taught since 2002. He is the author of many books on Twentieth Century culture, including Mexican Modernity: the Avant-Garde and the Cultural Revolution (MIT Press, 2006, winner of the MLA’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize), Freud’s Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis (MIT, 2010, winner of the Gradiva Prize), Proust’s Latin Americans (Hopkins, 2014). He is also a novelist and was published two books on Cuba: Teoría y práctica de la Habana (2017) and Muerte en La Habana (2021). His work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese. He is a member of the board of the Freud Museum, Vienna, and in 2020 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Selected Publications


  • New Tendencies in Mexican Art: the 1990s (Palgrave, 2004)
  • Mexican Modernity: the Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution (MIT, 2004)
  • The Mexico City Reader (Wisconsin, 2005)
  • Heterodoxos mexicanos: una antología dialogada (with Ignacio Padilla, FCE, 2006)
  • Freud’s Mexico: into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis (MIT, 2010)
  • Proust’s Latin Americans (Hopkins 2014)
  • Conversación en Princeton con Mario Vargas Llosa (Alfaguara, 2017)
  • Teoría y práctica de La Habana (JUS, 2017)
  • Una pequeña ciudad mexicana en La Habana (Hypermedia, 2020)
  • Muerte en La Habana (Vanilla Planifolia, 2021)
  • Havana Modern: Critical Readings on Cuban Architecture (Arquine, 2022)