Sarah Quesada is an assistant professor of English and a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Latino Studies. Her research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century Latinx and Latin American literatures, Francophone West African literature, decolonial and spatial theory, and heritage tourism of the African diaspora.

Quesada is currently working on a book, titled Atlantic Creatures: Textual Memorials of Latinidad, which explores the relevance of Atlantic African historiography to Latinx identity. The project explores the uneven distribution of slave trade memory across the Atlantic by drawing comparisons between West African heritage sites and Latin American and Latinx storytelling.

Quesada is a former postdoctoral associate in the department of Latina/Latino studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an American Council of Learned Societies Andrew Mellon fellow. She holds an MA from the University of Georgia and a PhD from Stanford University.


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