Rubén Gallo

Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., Professor in Language, Literature, and Civilization of Spain
ON LEAVE 2023-2024
Office Phone
337 East Pyne
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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 American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of the Freud Museum, Vienna.



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

Selected Publications


Books in English

Books in Spanish

Books in French

  • Mexico: Chroniques littéraires d’une mégalopole baroque (Autrement, 2007)
  • Freud au Mexique (Éditions Campagne Première, 2013)
  • Proust Latino (Buchet Chastel, 2019)

Book in Italian

  • Un Edipo Stalinista (Il Saggiatore, 2013)