Zorimar Rivera Montes is Assistant Professor of Latinx Literatures and Cultures in the English and Spanish departments. She studies Caribbean Latinx cultural literatures and popular cultures of the late 20th and 21st century. Her research focuses on Puerto Rican cultural texts under the combined forces of neoliberalism and coloniality, studying the impacts of colonial neoliberalism on aesthetic products. Her teaching interests include Latinx studies as a critical pedagogy, contemporary Latinx literature and popular culture, migration, borders and diaspora, popular music and performance, Caribbean decolonial thought, and labor and late capitalism in popular culture.
Before joining Tulane, she was an Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and has also worked as an instructor at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, and as instructor and curriculum coordinator for Northwestern University's Prison Education Program. She is currently Chair of the Puerto Rico Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and has served on the board of the Puerto Rican Studies Association.