Vanesa Miseres is associate professor of Spanish at the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Latin American literature, with an emphasis on South America.  Her areas of research are travel writing, war literature, women writers, gender, cultural, and food studies. 

Her first book, Mujeres en tránsito: viaje, identidad y escritura en Sudamérica (1830-1910) received the Honorable Mention for the Victoria Urbano Critical Monograph Prize, awarded annually by the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Miseres is also launching a new book project on Latin American women writing on war, from the Latin American independence period to World War II. 

KDR Assistant:
Jillian Brunner

Thematic Interests

Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Latin American literature; women writers; 19thcentury women in journalism; travel literature; war literature; food studies; cultural and gender studies

Current Research

South American women travelers/Female representation of war in South America/Influence of foreign travelogues in Andean costumbrismo.

Research Sub-Discipline


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • Premio Roggiano para la Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, International Institute of Latin American Literature, for best book of Latin American literary criticism published between 2016 and 2017 (2018)
  • Mendel Fellowship, Lilly Library of Indiana University, for book project on Latin American women writing on wars (2017)
  • Global Gateway Faculty Research Award, University of Notre Dame, for book project on Latin American women writing on wars (2017)