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Sarah Quesada, Assistant Professor

Sarah Quesada

Sarah Margarita Quesada is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. Her main interests are literatures of the Global South, specifically Latinx, Latin American and African literatures. She works at the intersection of Atlantic world studies, African diaspora studies, and World Literature. Her book The African Heritage of Latinx and Caribbean Literature (forthcoming with Cambridge Studies in World Literature and Culture, Cambridge UP) examines the engagement of the most widely read Latinx and Latin American authors of the last fifty years with Franco/Anglo/Lusophone African writers and historiography in order to identify the African derived causes of a “Latin” excision from Africa. The book examines the era of Slave Trade, 19th century imperialism, Black internationalism, and the rise of UNESCO heritage tourism. Her research has appeared in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of CriticismThe Oxford Handbook of Latino Studies, the Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination (Duke UP 2016), Latino StudiesAfro-Hispanic ReviewOxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies, the Journal of Haitian Studies, among other places. She is a former co-chair representative for Latino Studies in the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).
In 2021, she joined the editorial board of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism journal published with Duke UP.

Her second book project is focused on Greater Mexico region and its connections to African writing and decolonization movements. Quesada’s comparative focus is also devoted to archival and fieldwork research. She has spent time in France and its départements d’outre mer, specifically in French Guiana, as well as Brazil, Benin, Senegal, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Her research has involved “Human Subject” interviews mainly along the UNESCO Slave Route in Africa, or colonial archive consultation across the Atlantic World. 

Before joining Duke, Quesada was an assistant professor of English and Latinx studies at the University of Notre Dame, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an Andrew Mellon ACLS fellow.

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Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Languages 114B, MW 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 326S.01, LATAMER 338S.01)
    Languages 114B, MW 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
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(On leave, Fall 2021)
Languages Building, 203. 


Ph.D.Stanford University2016

Comparative literature • Global South Studies • Historical fiction, Caribbean (Spanish) • Latin American literature • Latinx Studies • Transatlantic Studies • World Literature

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Quesada, SM, Latinx Internationalism and the French Atlantic: Sandra María Esteves in Art contre/against apartheid and Miguel Algarín in Tangiers, The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry, vol. 9 no. 3 (September, 2022), pp. 353-380, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]  [abs]
  2. Quesada, S, The African Heritage of Latinx and Caribbean Literature, edited by Ganguly, D; Orsini, F; Ryan, R (2022), Cambridge University Press
  3. Quesada, S, "Achy Obejas’ The Tower of the Antilles and a literary life in retrospect" (2020), Latino Studies
  4. Quesada, S, Atlantic Continuities in Tomás Rivera and Rudolfo Anaya, in The Oxford Handbook of Latino Studies (2020), Oxford University Press
  5. Quesada, S, El corpus poético de un 'Caribe Nerudiano, Afro Hispanic Review, vol. 38 no. 1 (2019), pp. 44-62

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