Roberta Hurtado

Assistant Professor


316 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2018
Monday & Wednesday
1:45 - 2:45
or by appointment

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 237/800 MWF 11:30-12:25 323 Marano CC

ENG 343/800

MW 3:00-4:25 323 Marano CC

ENG 360/810

MWF 12:40-1:35 323 Marano CC

ENG 237 ETHNICITY & CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN LITERATURE-In this course, we will critically engage the literary production of different ethnic groups within the U.S. throughout the twentieth century for cultural, historical, legal, social, and political representations of resistance, or what Martín Espada describes as an “artistry of dissent.”  We will explore how ethnic identity is defined within these texts, and other spheres of identity that influence subject formation such as gender, race, socio-economics, and sexual orientation. As a class, we will attempt to master discourses pertinent to studying “multiethnic” literature, specifically, and literature as a whole.  We will ask questions such as: how is “ethnicity” defined in these texts? What is the role of literature in describing the different subject positions these authors and/or literatures represent? How do these texts define the role of “ethnic bodies” and psyches within socio-political contexts? To assist in answering these questions, students are responsible for one research project on a chosen author from the course-reading list. Students will also write one midterm paper on a topic of their choice. In addition, a unique, original full length final paper that grapples with the concepts we have discussed over the course of the semester will be due as the semester closes. Students must complete all prerequisites to enroll and remain in this course.

ENG 343  20TH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVEL-Present History/History in the Present: An event, generally, is treated as having happened in the past once it is concluded. Indeed, the event itself is now part of history. But what does this temporal framing mean in terms of a person and community’s relationship to the past and the events that history contains? In this course, we will consider how history is alive in the present, conjuring “hauntings” that are both tangible and metaphorical. We will also consider what role the “novel” genre plays in the creation of narrating this connection between the past and present, as well as how the issue of “storytelling” can become a way to resituate an individual’s relationship to history in the present. We will engage questions regarding how challenging concepts of time as irrevocably linear can function as decolonial tools for empowerment. We will read literature from such communities as the Choctaw Nation, Nuyorican, Chicano, and more. You will have the opportunity to create a midterm paper, final paper, daily writings, presentations, and complete daily readings. This course is reading and writing intensive. You must fulfill all requirements to enroll and remain in this course.

ENG 360 LIT GLOBAL: ANTI/DECOLONIAL LITERATURE-The year 1492 marks a major shift in global history. It is both the year of the Moors defeat 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 both 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.