Sarah Quesada

Assistant Professor
Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Latino Studies; Faculty Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies; Concurrent in Africana Studies, Romance Languages, Gender Studies

Research Interests

Latino and Latin American Literature; Atlantic World Studies; Literature of the Global South (West African and Caribbean); Critical Race Studies; Afro-Latino and African Diaspora studies


Sarah M. Quesada is a comparatist, and her interdisciplinary and multilingual research draws from the fields of the Atlantic World, African Diaspora studies, and World Literature, applied to Latin American, Latino, and Francophone literatures. Applying heritage site fieldwork in West Africa to literary criticism, her scholarship engages 20th and 21st century Latino and Latin American texts with early modern treatises on West and Central Africa and modern African literatures to propose a re-cartography of South-Atlantic frameworks and Global South political solidarities. Her current book project, Atlantic Borderlands: UNESCO Slave Routes, Textual Memorials, and Latino-Atlantic Literatures addresses the mutually constitutive nature of narrative and heritage tourism. Her courses often revisit Atlantic historiography, including the era of the Slave Trade, the 19th century “scramble for Africa,” 20th century Black internationalism, and contemporary forms of neoliberalization. 

Quesada is devoted to the interdisciplinary training of scholars. Hailing from Mexico, she engages in the comparative study of texts in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese and advocates for the empirical integration of fieldwork and archival research to the study of literature, which she addressed most recently in the Oxford Handbook of Latino Studies (OUP 2020). She has previously held positions as a US Multi-Ethnic studies Postdoctoral scholar in the department of Latina/Latino Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and as a 2015-2016 American Council of Learned Societies Andrew Mellon fellow. She recently served as the co-chair for the Latino section of the flagship convention, the Latin America Studies Association (LASA).

Phone: (574) 631-3817
Office: 213 Decio Faculty Hall

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