YOMAIRA C. FIGUEROA

Michigan State University  | Department of English C-604 | 619 Red Cedar Road | East Lansing, MI 48824 | yomairaf@msu.edu

[ abbreviated curriculum vitae | updated spring 2017 ]


EDUCATION

2014    Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley

2009    M.A. Ethnic Studies, University of California at Berkeley

2007    B.A. English; Puerto Rican & Hispanic Caribbean Studies; Women's & Gender Studies, Rutgers University

RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS

Twenty & Twenty-first century Latino Caribbean and Afro-Hispanic Literature; Latinx Studies; African & Afro-Diasporic Literature; Cultural Studies; Comparative Ethnic Studies; Women of Color Feminisms; Gender and Trans Studies; Diaspora/Exile Literature; Comparative Migration and Immigration; Colonialism and Decolonization; Postcolonial and Decolonial Literature.

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2014 - Present    Tenure-Track Assistant Professor | Michigan State University | English | African American & African Studies

2013 - 2014        Full Time Instructor | Rutgers University | Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies

2011 - 2013        Learning Community Coordinator | Rutgers University | Institute for Research on Women 

2008 - 2010        Instructor | University of California at Berkeley | Department of Ethnic Studies 

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

“The Life Work of Ana Celia Zentella: Anthropolitical Linguistics, Bilingualism, and Linguistic Communities at a Crossroads.” CENTRO Journal, 28 No. 1, 2016 (76-195).

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 2015 Diversity Essay Prize Winner: “Faithful Witnessing in Decolonial Readings of Shadows of Your Black Memory and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, 30 No. 4, 2015 (641-656).

“Reparation as Transformation: Radical Literary (Re)imaginings of Futurities Through Decolonial Love.” Journal of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 4 No. 1, 2015 (41-58).

BOOK REVIEWS

“Afro-Latinxs on the New York Scene: Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper & Sofia Quintero’s Show and Prove.” SX Salon, 23, 2016 http://smallaxe.net/sxsalon/reviews/afro-latinxs-new-york-scene.

PUBLICATIONS IN PROGRESS

Decolonial Diasporas: Radical (Re)mappings of Afro-Latinx & Afro-Hispanic Literature. Book Manuscript, under advance contract.

"[title redacted]" Co-authored Peer Reviewed Book Chapter, Under Review.

“Missed Connections: Locating Decolonial & Postcolonial Feminist Resistance.” In Preparation.

“A Case for Relation: Afro-Latinx and Afro-Hispanic as Black Atlantic Archive.” In Preparation.

“Caramel & Queer”: U.S. Latinx Literature, Anti-Blackness, and Relations Across Difference.” In Preparation.

“Junot Díaz.” Entry for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latina/o Literature. In preparation.

ACADEMIC AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS

2017-2018        Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 

2017-2018        Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement 12-month Fellowship (declined)                                                 

2016 - 2017      LASA Latina/o Studies Section Dissertation Award Honorable Mention     

2016 - 2017      GSAH Global Perspectives Colloquia Grant                                                     

2015 - 2017      Duke University Mellon Mays SITPA Scholar                                                 

2015 - 2016      Hypatia Journal Diversity Essay Prize Winner                                                

2013 - 2014      UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department Travel Grant                

2013 - 2014      Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Honorable Mention                           

2012 - 2013      UC Berkeley Metro New York Leaders Fellowship                                          

2010 - 2011      UC Berkeley Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship                                                       

2008 - 2009      Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention                     

2008 - 2012      UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Research Grant                               

2007 - 2009      UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship                                                                

2006 - 2016      Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Scholar                           

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS 

American Studies Association

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora

Caribbean Philosophical Association

Caribbean Studies Association

Critical Ethnic Studies Association

Latin American Studies Association

Modern Languages Association

National Women’s Studies Association