Marisel Moreno is the Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor of Latina/o Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame.  Issues of race, gender, and ethnicity are central to her work, which also examines the literary and cultural production of Afro-Latinos and the so-called “Other” Latinos (Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Peruvians).  She has published articles in Afro-Hispanic Review, CENTRO, The Latino(a) Research Review, Latino Studies, Hispanic Journal, and Sargasso, among others. She was a recipient of the American Association of University Women Fellowship in 2009-2010. 

Thematic Interests

Caribbean Latino/a literature and culture, Afro-Latino/a and Afro-Latin American literatures, the “Other” Latinos (Central American and South American), women’s literature, migration, race, gender, ethnicity, and biculturalism, service-learning and community-based learning pedagogy.

Current Research

Representations of migration and marginality in Afro-Dominican, Peruvian, and Salvadoran literatures in the U.S.


Journal Articles

“‘Swimming in Olive Oil’: North Africa and the Hispanic Caribbean in the Poetry of Víctor Hernández Cruz,” Hispanic Review 83, 3 (Summer 2015)
"Writing the Puerto Rican Rural Experience in the Midwest: An Interview with Fred Arroyo," CENTRO Journal (Center for Puerto Rican Studies) 27, 1 (Spring 2015)
“‘Burlando la Raza’: La Poesía de Escritoras Afrodominicanas en la Diáspora,” Camino Real: Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas 3, 4 (2011)
“Los Derechos Humanos en Erzulie’s Skirt de Ana Lara,” Global: Revista De La Fundación Global Democracia Y Desarrollo [República Dominicana] 42 (2011)
“Family Matters: Revisiting la gran familia puertorriqueña in the Works of Rosario Ferré and Judith Ortiz Cofer,” Centro Journal 21, 2 (Fall 2010)
“The Important Things Hide in Plain Sight: A Conversation with Junot Diaz,” Latino Studies 8, 4 (2010)
“The Tyranny of Silence: Marianismo as Violence in the Works of Alba Ambert and Annecy Baez,” The Latino(a) Research Review (SUNY) 7, 3 (Summer 2010)
“Dominican Dreams: Diasporic Identity in Angie Cruz’s Let It Rain Coffee,Sargasso: Quisqueya: La República Extended 2008–09 II (University of Puerto Rico)
“Bordes líquidos, fronteras y espejismos: El dominicano y la migración intra-caribeña en boat people de Mayra Santos Febres.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (University of Puerto Rico) 34, 2 (2007)
“Debunking Myths, Destabilizing Identities: A Reading of Junot Díaz’s ‘How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie,’” Afro-Hispanic Review 26, 2 (Fall 2007)


El arte al servicio del pueblo/Art at the Service of the People: Carteles y Libros de la División de Educación de la Comunidad (DIVEDCO), Snite Museum Exhibit Catalogue, (with Thomas F. Anderson, Spring 2012)
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