Roberta Hurtado

Assistant Professor


316 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Tuesday & Thursday
12:45 - 1:45
or by appointment

Spring 2019 Schedule

I completed my Ph.D. in Texas, where I was active in both the social justice and art communities. From there, I spent time in New Orleans.


My research focuses on Latina/o Literature and Culture, with an emphasis on Puerto Rican women's literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. I work with Chicana and other women of color Third Space Feminist Theories, as well as Decolonial Feminist Theory.



Refereed Journal and Anthology Publications

“Somewhere deep in this flesh.” Inaugural Anthology. Third Woman Press. forthcoming.

“Violent Effects: Domestic Violence and Subversive Discourses.” Diálogo–Special Issue (Fall 2014): 7-16.

“Breaking Borders: Transethnic Dialogue Between Julia de Burgos and Gloria Anzaldúa as a Third Space Feminist Methodology to Reach Conocimiento.” El Mundo Zurdo 3 (2013): 273-89.

“When Being Is Not A Burden: Naomi Ayala and the Re-Embodying Poetics of Neo- Riqueña Discourse.” Journal of South Texas English Studies 2.2 (2011)

Book Reviews:

“Gathering Parts: Olga Trujillo’s Sum of My Parts and the Politics of Telling to Heal.” Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of MALCS (2013): 216-21.

Non-Refereed Publications:

“Spinning San Antonio: Latina/o Resistance to Cultural Erasure in the Heart of San Antonio.” La Voz de Esperanza 25.5 (June 2012): 3-4.


“Teaching Latino Literature: A Revolutionary Act?,” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference: March 2016, Hartford, CT (forthcoming)

“Sentient Transgression: A Praxis of Empowerment and Healing,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference: November 2014, San Juan, Puerto Rico

“No-Place Spaces: Contemporary Mappings of Place and Space in Latina Literature,” American Literary Association: Latina/o Symposium: March 2014, San Antonio, TX

“Subversive Enfleshment: Judith Ortiz Cofer and Re-Membering Puerto Rican Women’s Bodies Beyond Colonial Matrices,” American Studies Association Conference: November 2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico

“Breaking Borders: Transethnic Dialogue Between Julia de Burgos and Gloria Anzaldúa as a Third Space Feminist Methodology to Reach Conocimiento,” El Mundo Zurdo: International Conference on the Life and Works of Gloria Anzaldúa: May2012, San Antonio, TX

Awards and honors


  • Faculty Teaching and Research Collections Grant, SUNY Oswego, Spring 2016
  • College of Liberal and Fine Arts Conference Travel Grant, SUNY Oswego, Spring 2016
  • Early Start Program Grant, SUNY Oswego, Summer 2015
  • Ford Foundation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship Ranked Alternate with Honorable Mention, Spring 2011 and 2012
  • Honorable Mention, College English Association, Spring 2010


University of Texas San Antonio, Ph.D., English and Latina/o Studies, 2013

     Dissertation Title: Not Flesh of Empire: Psycholocal Enfleshment in Puerto Rican Women’s Literature.

     Chair: Dr. Sonia Saldívar-Hull

     Committee: Dr. Norma Alarcón, Dr. Josephine Méndez-Negrete, Dr. Bernadette Andrea, Dr. Kinitra Brooks

University of Texas San Antonio, M.A. with Honors, English, 2010

University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.A./Ph.D—transfer to University of Texas

Ithaca College, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, English, 2007

Classes taught


ENG 102/860 TR 11:10-12:30 323 Marano CC

ENG 238/800

TR 2:20-3:40 212 Park Hall

ENG 360/800

TR 9:35-10:55 323 Marano CC

ENG 343/800
ENG 395/850

S 12:00-3:00 Q4 3/25/19-5/10/19 306 Marano

ENG 102 COMPOSITION II-This course is designed to develop fundamental writing skills, emphasizing sentence, paragraph, and essay structure as well as standard American conventions of grammar, spelling and punctuation.

ENG 238 INTRODUCTION TO LATINA/O/X CULTURE AND EXPRESSIONS-What does it mean to be “Latino,” and how does one “express” that meaning? In this course, we will consider creative and scholarly works that use different written and visual strategies to explore the experience of being “Latino.” We will consider questions such as: how do race and geographic location impact how identity is defined; how do gender and sexual orientation impact social experience; and how can creative acts both express social phenomenon as well as provide visionary gestures towards social justice? Students will conduct daily readings, daily written responses, a midterm paper, a final project, and in-class presentations. Students are required to have fulfilled all requirements to enroll and remain in this course. This course is reading and writing intensive.

ENG 360 LITERATURE IN GLOBAL CONTEXT-The year 1492 marks a major shift in global history. It is both the year that the Moors were defeated in Granada as well as the invasion of Iberian conquistadors into the Americas. Such shifts are monumental for not only what they meant at the time but also their long lasting ramifications. In this course, we will consider these ramifications as they are depicted within Anticolonial, Postcolonial, and Decolonial thoughts. We will consider literature and theory that grapples with the legacies of colonization as well as resistance to Western European coloniality. This course includes a midterm paper, a final paper, presentations, and daily scheduled readings and writing. This course is reading and writing intensive, and students must complete all prerequisites to enroll and remain in this class.