Marisel Moreno

Associate Professor of Spanish

Marisel Moreno

Faculty Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies
Faculty Fellow, Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Gender Studies and Africana Studies


B.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D. Georgetown University

Research Profile

Prof. Moreno teaches US Latino/a 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 as part of the New World Series by the University of Virginia Press (August 2012), and was also selected for the American Literatures Initiative.  In 2011 she received the Indiana Governor’s Award for Service-Learning in recognition of “her pioneering work creating the first senior-level Spanish literature course in the College of Arts and Letters that features a required community-service component at La Casa de Amistad.” Her service-learning or community-based learning courses—“Migrant Voices: US Latino Literature” and “Race and Ethnicity in US Latino Literature” were designed with course development grants from the Center for Social Concerns and the Institute for Latino Studies.  Prof. Moreno’s teaching and research interests include Latino-Caribbean authors (Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban authors in the US ).  Issues of race, gender, and ethnicity are central to her work, which also examines the literary and cultural production of Afro-Latinos and the so-called “Other” Latinos (Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Peruvians).  She has published articles in Afro-Hispanic Review, CENTRO, The Latino(a) Research Review, Latino Studies, Hispanic Journal, Sargasso, among others.  In Spring 2012 she co-organized and co-curated an exhibit on Puerto Rican graphic art at the Snite Museum titled 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.  Prof. Moreno is a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Latino Studies and the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies.


Family Matters: Puerto Rican Women Authors on the Island and the Mainland.  University of Virginia Press, August 2012.
Articles in Refereed Journals:


“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.


“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
-09, 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