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Julie Ann Ward

Assistant Professor, 20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature

Kaufman Hall 120


Julie Ann Ward joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in 2014 as Assistant Professor of 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American Literature. Her research focuses on representations of the real in contemporary Latin America, with a particular focus on Mexican drama, narrative, and performance. Dr. Ward’s publications on this topic have appeared in Theatre Journal, TransModernity, Latin American Theatre Review, Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, and Paso de Gato, as well as the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy and the Routledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Latin American Culture. She is the General Editor of student-generated Open Educational Resource, the Antología abierta de literatura hispana. Her current book project, A Shared Truth: The Theatre of Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol, is under contract to the University of Pittsburgh Press' series Latino and Latin American Profiles.

Affiliate Faculty in International and Area Studies

Core Affiliate Faculty in Women and Gender Studies

Faculty Ally

Selected Publications

2017 “Making Reality Sensible: The Mexican Documentary Theatre Tradition, 1968-2013.” Theatre Journal, vol. 69 no. 2, 2017, pp. 197-211. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/tj.2017.0024

2017 “Affective Suffrage: Social Media, Street Protests, and Theatre as Alternative Spaces for Political Self-Representation in the 2012 Mexican Presidential Elections.” TransModernity, vol. 7, no. 2, 2017, pp. 97-118.

"Staging Postmemory: Self-representation and Parental Biographying in Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol's El rumor del incendio” Latin American Theatre Review 47.2 (2014): 5-23.


PhD University of California, Berkeley 2013

MA University of Kansas 2008

BA University of Tulsa 2005


Contemporary Latin American literature, Theatre of the real, Auto/biography, Autofiction, Mexican theatre, Mexican narrative, Border Studies

Courses Taught

Spanish Grammar through Written Communication

Spanish Grammar through Conversation

Introduction to Hispanic Literature and Culture

Hispanic Cinema Studies

Senior Capstone

Mexican Border/s (Graduate Seminar

Spanish-American Drama (Graduate Seminar)

Contemporary Literary Criticism (Graduate Seminar, MLLL)