Roberta Hurtado

Assistant Professor


316 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

FALL 2019
Tuesday & Thursday
12:45 - 1:45
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 238/800 TR 9:35-10:55 212 Park Hall
ENG 337/800 TR 2:20-3:40 225 Marano CC
ENG 343/800 TR 11:10-12:30 306 Marano CC

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 337 TOPICS IN AMERICAN ETHNIC LITERATURE: Latino Literature: But is it Sexy? - Among the stereotypes for Latinos and Latin Americans is the one of the great lover: for women, the sultry seductress and for men, the valiant seducer. While these stereotypes are not new in this millennium, they have roots that stretch back centuries and that have led to their current incantations in contemporary U.S. popular culture. In this course, we will consider representations of sex and sexuality, heteronormativity, and challenges to the exoticizing of Latino bodies in the U.S. that render images of Latinos as sexual commodities. We will consider the distinctions between eroticism and pornography that exist in these conversations, and how it manifests as an integral component to reimagining identity in our current era. Students will have the opportunity to conduct daily readings and writings, produce in-class presentations, construct reflective midterm papers, and complete rigorous end-of-semester thesis driven essays. This course is reading and writing intensive, and students must fulfill any and all prerequisites to enroll and remain in this course.

ENG 343 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVEL: 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 237/800 TR 9:35-10:55 306 Marano CC

ENG 343/800

TR 11:10-12:30 306 Marano CC

ENG 356/800

TR 2:20-3:40 332 Sheldon Hall

ENG 237 ETHNICITY & CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN LITERATURE-Artistry of Dissent: 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-Stories in the Flesh: A well-known saying is that “we are our ancestors’ wildest dreams.” But in what ways do we carry the narratives of our predecessors in our flesh? In what ways do their experiences remain with us, and in what ways do our current actions engage with their possible “dreams” and in other ways create nuanced stories that alter how to interpret and narrate the lives of community members? And, most importantly, in what ways does the flesh tell a story in the present moment? In order to engage these questions, students will read novels by authors based in the Americas and who come from communities such as Vietnamese-U.S., African American, Latino, and Native American/Amerindian. Assignments include daily readings and writings, a midterm paper, presentations, and a final research argument project. Students must fulfill all requirements in order to enroll and remain in this course.

ENG 356 LATINA WRITINGS AND THEORIES-(Re)Claiming Voice y Cuerpo: Latina feminist theories in the twentieth century emerge as manifestations of hundreds of years of nuanced and intricate experiences. But what is a Latina? What are the things that Latinas have experienced and what are the social formations that they have not only encountered but also actively resisted and subverted? Also, and just as important, what are the gaps that have emerged in historical narratives regarding Latinas? How have Latina feminists attempted to reclaim those gaps as methods of subversion and at other times used the spaces created by those gaps to formulate nuanced understandings of healing and empowerment and thereby directly challenge the very structures of power that create a coloniality of power? This course considers these questions as we explore different formations and iterations of Latina feminist “thought and expression.” Assignments include daily readings, daily writings, midterm papers, presentations, and final research argument papers. This course is reading and writing intensive, and students must have fulfilled all requirements in order to enroll and remain in this course.