Graduate Student, ELSO Writing and Presenting Tutor
Elías Beltrán is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. His research centers on identifying a Caribbean Chinese ‘literature’ in the Hispanophone Caribbean and the presence of the Chinese in the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo dictatorship and its enduring legacy. Among his research interests are Liberalism, empire, time, history, postcolonial theory and trauma. Elías is a fluid Spanish-speaker and fumbling along as he somewhat learns Mandarin.
Subdicipline/Research Area: Postcolonialism and decolonization; trauma; dispossession, and migration. Literature of the Caribbean (with an emphasis on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean) and exploring Chinese migration to the Caribbean and its social, cultural, historic and literary significance to the region.