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Vanessa Valdés

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese


Division of Humanities and the Arts


Foreign Languages & Literatures


NAC 6/331D

p: 212-650-6279


  • Profile

    Vanessa K. Valdés,Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, B.A. Yale University. Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research interests include twentieth–century Latin American women's narrative; comparative studies of the literatures of the Americas, particularly Afro-Hispanic and African-American Literature; Caribbean Literature and Latina/o Literature. Her articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Hispania, Chasqui, MELUS Journal, CLA Journal, Callaloo, PALARA, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, and Wadabagei. She is the editor of The Future Is Now: A New Look at African Diaspora Studies (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) and Let Spirit Speak! Cultural Journeys through the African Diaspora (SUNY Press, 2012).  She is the author of Oshun's Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas (SUNY Press 2014). She has taught at Vanderbilt University.
  • Education

    Ph.D., Vanderbilt University.

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