Marisel Moreno

Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor of U.S. Latino/a Literature

Marisel Moreno

B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D. Georgetown University
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies
Faculty Fellow, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Gender Studies and Africana Studies

Research Profile

MARISEL MORENO, Ph.D. 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. She was a recipient of the American Association of University Women Fellowship in 2009-2010.  Her first book, Family Matters: Puerto Rican Women Authors on the Island and the Mainland, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2012.  In 2011 she received the Indiana Governor’s Award for Service-Learning and in 2016 she received the Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award given by Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Prof. Moreno’s teaching and research interests include Latina/o-Caribbean authors (Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban authors in the US), as well as Afro-Latina/o and U.S. Central American cultural production. Issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class are central to her work. Her articles have been published in Hispanic Review, Latino Studies, Studies in American Fiction, Afro-Hispanic Review, CENTRO, The Latino(a) Research Review, MELUS, Hispanic Journal, and Sargasso, among others. Her book chapter "Keeping It Real: Bridging US Latino/a Literature and Community Through Student Engagement" was published in Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities: Learning From Social Justice Partnerships in Action (Peter Lang 2018). She has co-created and co-organized, with Thomas F. Anderson, the online awareness micro-course Listening to Puerto Rico, a collaboration between the Universities of Notre Dame and Michigan, which is based on interviews filmed in Puerto Rico in June 2018 with survivors of the Hurricane. In Spring 2012 she co-organized and co-curated with Thomas F. Anderson an exhibit on Puerto Rican graphic art at the Snite Museum, and co-authored the exhibit catalog Art at the Service of the People: Posters and Books from Puerto Rico’s Division of Community Education / Arte al servicio del pueblo: Carteles y libros de la División de Educación de la Comunidad de Puerto Rico. This exhibit traveled to California Lutheran University in 2017, and is on display at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture from August 2018 through March 2019. Prof. Moreno is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies, the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Kaneb Center, and is Affiliated Faculty in Gender Studies and Africana Studies. She is currently working on her second book project, provisionally titled Bordering the Archipelago: Undocumented Migration in the Cultural Production of the Hispanic Caribbean and Its Diaspora.

Family Matters: Puerto Rican Women Authors on the Island and the Mainland.  University of Virginia Press, August 2012.
Book Chapter:

“Keeping It Real: Bridging US Latino/a Literature and Community Through Student Engagement” in Civic Engagement in Diverse Latina/o Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action, Edited by Mari Castañeda and Joseph Krupczynski. Peter Lang, February 2018.


Articles in Refereed Journals:


“The ‘Art of Witness’ in US Central American Cultural Production: An Analysis of William Archila’s The Art of Exile and Alma Leiva’s CeldasLatino Studies 15.3 (Fall 2017): 287-308.


“The Untold Midwestern Puerto Rican Story: Fred Arroyo’s Western Avenue and Other Fictions.” Studies in American Fiction 42.2 (Fall 2015): 269-289.


“‘Swimming in olive oil’: North Africa and the Hispanic Caribbean in the Poetry of Víctor Hernández Cruz.” Hispanic Review 83.3 (Summer 2015). 299-316.


"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): 146-165.


“‘I am an American Writer:’ An Interview with Daniel Alarcón.” With Thomas F. Anderson.  MELUS Journal 39.4 (Winter 2014): 186-206.

“Los derechos humanos en Erzulie’s Skirt de Ana Lara.” GLOBAL: Revista de la Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo 8.42 (Sept.-Oct. 2011): 38-46.
“’Burlando la raza:’ La poesía de escritoras afrodominicanas en la diáspora.” Camino Real: Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas (Instituto Franklin, U de Alcalá) 3.4 (2011): 169-192.
“Family Matters: Revisiting la gran familia puertorriqueña in the Works of Rosario Ferré and Judith Ortíz Cofer.” CENTRO Journal (Center for Puerto Rican Studies) 22.2 (Fall 2010): 74-105.
“The important things hide in plain sight: A Conversation with Junot Diaz.” Latino Studies  (Palgrave) 8.4 (2010): 532-542.
“The Tyranny of Silence: Marianismo as Violence in the Works of Alba Ambert and Annecy  Baez.” The Latino(a) Research Review (SUNY) 7.3 (2009-2010): 121-144.
“Dominican Dreams: Diasporic Identity in Angie Cruz’s Let It Rain Coffee.” Sargasso 2008-2009, II “Quisqueya: La República Extended” (University of Puerto Rico): 101-116.
“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): 17-32.
“Debunking Myths, Destabilizing Identities: A Reading of Junot Díaz’s ‘How to Date a  Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie.’” Afro-Hispanic Review (Vanderbilt  University) 26.2 (Fall 2007): 9-23.

Contact Information

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Mailing Address:
University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556