Jason Cortés was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. He completed his B.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez-Campus; M.A in Comparative Literature at Penn State University; and Ph.D. in Spanish American Literature also at Penn State. Prior to Rutgers, he held academic appointments at Yale University, Brown University, and UMass-Boston. His areas of interest include: Caribbean literature, US Latina/o literature, Puerto Rican literature and culture, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, and Critical Theory.
He has published articles in Caribbean and Latin American literature and culture in topics ranging from masculinity and modernity, violence and ethics, to death and necrophilia, and mourning and trauma. His published research has appeared in such prominent journals as Latin American Theatre Review, Hispanic Review, Revista Iberoamericana, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Centro Journal, and Revista Hispánica Moderna.
His book Macho Ethics: Masculinity and Self-Representation in Latino-Caribbean Narrative (Bucknell UP 2014) examines the vicissitudes and ambiguities behind literary authorship and authority in the narrative prose of four major Caribbean authors: the Cuban Severo Sarduy; the Dominican American Junot Díaz; and the Puerto Ricans Luis Rafael Sánchez and Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá. Other book projects include: Tales of Disposability: Puerto Rico in the Post 9/11 Era and Loving Death: The Necrophilic Imagination in Latin/o America.