Roberta Hurtado

Assistant Professor


316 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Spring 2018
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 102/870 TR 9:35-10:55 231 Marano CC

ENG 337/800
ENG 537/800

TR 11:10-12:30 231 Marano CC

ENG 381/800
ENG 581/800

TR 2:20-3:40 306 Marano CC

ENG 102 COMPOSITION II-Practice in college level writing, includes preparation of a research paper.

ENG 337/ENG 537 ST: AMERICAN ETHNIC 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 381/ENG 581 NARRATIVE THEORY-Political turmoil at the micro and macro levels in the Americas during the twentieth century gave rise to a new genre: testimonio.  Yet, while this genre enabled members of the subaltern classes of the Americas an opportunity to speak, its emergence also gave way to major criticism and critique that involved international discrediting attempts and the staking of political boundaries within different scholarly camps. This course considers what the genre, in its original form, created in terms of literary articulations, as well as considering more contemporary shifting within this genre to allow for more expansive adaptations. We will engage questions pertinent to understanding the shifts that this genre has undertaken, and also questions regarding why it created such embroiled disputes. For instance, is there any point in “speaking” about an experience? What is at stake when exposing injustice? Who is allowed to speak about injustices, and to what ends? This course is reading and writing intensive.