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Vanessa K. Valdés

Associate 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 is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at The City College of New York – CUNY. Her research interests include comparative studies of the literatures of the Americas, particularly Afro-Hispanic, African-American, Spanish Caribbean, and U.S. Latina/o Literatures. She currently serves as Book Review Editor of s/x salon, an online literary salon on Caribbean literature and culture. 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, LSE Review of Books, 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). 

  • Education

    Ph.D. Vanderbilt University in Spanish and Portuguese

    B.A. Yale University in English

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