Robert Franco

Robert Franco



I am a historian of twentieth-century Mexico, with a speciality in politics, gender, sexuality, and culture. My dissertation explores the issues of homophobia, heterosexism, and antagonism towards sexual politics in Mexico's left-wing parties and organizations.

I graduated with a B.A. in History (summa cum laude and departmental honors) from the University of Pennsylvania where I was a Mellon-Mays Foundation and Penn Humanities Forum fellow. At Duke University, I am a Deans Graduate Fellow and received my M.A. in 2017. My primary advisor is Dr. Jocelyn Olcott.

Franco, Robert. “Transgressing Che: Irina Layevska Echeverría Gaitán, Disability Politics, and Transgendering the New Man in Mexico, 1964–2001.” Radical History Review, vol. 2020, no. 136, Duke University Press, Jan. 2020, pp. 75–97. Manual, doi:10.1215/01636545-7857271. Full Text

Franco, Robert. ““Todos/as somos 41”: The Dance of the Forty-One from Homosexual Reappropriation to Transgender Representation in Mexico, 1945–2001.” Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 28, no. 1, University of Texas Press, Jan. 2019, pp. 66–95. Crossref, doi:10.7560/jhs28103. Full Text