Marisel Moreno

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Marisel Moreno is Associate Professor of US Latino/a Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. She received her Ph.D. in 2004 from Georgetown University. 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. Prof. Moreno’s teaching and research interests include Afro-Latino/a, US Central American and Latino/a-Caribbean authors (Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban authors in the US). Issues of immigration, race, gender, and ethnicity are central to her work.  She has published articles 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. In Spring 2012 she co-organized and co-curated 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. Prof. Moreno is a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Latino Studies and the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and affiliated faculty in Gender Studies.


In 2011 she received the Indiana Governor’s Award for Service-Learning and in 2016 she received the prestigious Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award given by Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. Prof. Moreno has taught courses at various levels, including University Seminars (“Banned US Latino/a Literature”), upper-level Spanish courses (“Race and Ethnicity in US Latino/a Literature,” “Borders and Bridges,” “Migrant Voices”), and graduate seminars (US Latino/a Literature and Culture”), among others. Since Fall 2010, she has designed and taught five upper-level Spanish Community-Based Learning (CBL) courses in partnership with La Casa de Amistad, where her students have completed more than 5,000 hours of service over the years. Prof. Moreno’s chapter “Keeping It Real: Bridging US Latino/a Literature and Community Through Student Engagement” is forthcoming in Civic Engagement in Diverse Latino Communities: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action (Peter Lang). She has written several short pieces on CBL, teaching Latino literature, and immigration.


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Department of Romance Languages and Literature
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall