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Assistant professor of English at the U. of C.
Lives in: Uptown
Education: Raúl received his B.A. from the University of Texas, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford.
“I never thought I would become a professor at the University of Chicago. I’m the first to go to college. My father was an immigrant from Mexico, and my mother was a farm worker when she was young. I think back about the things that I’ve done, and it’s like, wow.”
“I did four triathlons in 2006. I almost started crying after some of them. I’ve never done anything so trying—other than my academic work.”
“What is that phrase? ‘The pessimism of the intellect and the optimism of the will.’ I see inequality in this world, and I have a desire to transform that.”
“When I was five years old, I told my sister that I had this crush on a boy. I just thought it was a normal thing. And I had a crush on Menudo. We actually saw them in concert, and I was definitely just as excited as my sister.”