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Karla Zelaya, Ph.D.

Institution Degree Year
State University of New York, College at Cortland   B.A.  English   1999
University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.A. English 2001
University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.A. Afro-American Studies 2006
University of Massachusetts, Amherst Ph.D.  Afro-American Studies 2015

Research and Teaching Fields:

Eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century Black literature, Contemporary Black Literature, Black Atlantic Literature (Afro-Latinx and Caribbean Literature), Black women's slave and neo-slave narratives, Phillis Wheatley, Nicaragua in the U.S. Black Imagination

Courses Taught:

  • EN 221: American Literature through Whitman
  • EN 222: American Literature from Whitman to the Present
  • EN 232: Literature of the World II
  • EN 405/505: African-American Literature
  • EN 491W: Senior Seminar
  • EN 497: Selected Topics in American Literature