yolanda san miguel

Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Ph.D.
Professor I

Ph. D., 1996, University of California at Berkeley, Latin American Cultural Studies
M.A., 1991, University of California at Berkeley, Hispanic Studies
B. A., 1989, University of Puerto Rico, Summa cum Laude, Hispanic Studies

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Office Phone Number: 848-445-4214
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Research Interests

Colonial Latin American & contemporary Caribbean & Latino diasporic narratives, sexuality, trans, migration & cultural studies


Biographical Information

Professor Martínez-San Miguel is a Professor I at the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Program of Comparative Literature. Her first book, Saberes americanos: subalternidad y epistemología en los escritos de Sor Juana (1999) examined three specific dimensions in the constitution of a cognitive subject in the works of Sor Juana: her feminine condition, the colonial context in which knowledge was produced, and the emergence of a “Creole” perspective during the second half of the seventeenth century. Her second book, Caribe Two-Ways?: cultura de la migración en el Caribe insular hispánico (2003), focuses on the literary and visual representation of displacement and the reconfiguration of a contemporary Caribbean identity in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean enclaves in New York City. This book was awarded awarded the Second Prize, Category: Research and Literary Criticism, Instituto de Literatura Puertorriqueña, University of Puerto Rico in 2004. Her third book, From Lack to Excess: ‘Minor’ Readings of Latin American Colonial Discourse (2008), analyzes the narrative and rhetorical structures of Latin American colonial texts by establishing a dialogue with contemporary studies on minority discourse, minor literatures, and colonial and postcolonial theory. She has recently published her fourth book entitled “Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking Intra-Colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context,” a comparative study on internal Caribbean migrations between former/actual metropolis and colonies, to question transnational and postcolonial approaches to massive population displacements and their cultural productions. Professor Martínez-San Miguel is currently co-editing two anthologies. The first one is entitled Trans Studies; The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normativities (with Sarah Tobias), an interdisciplinary compilation of the contributions of Trans Studies to scholarship in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Pedagogy, Public Policy and activism. The second anthology is entitled Critical Terms in Caribbean and Latin American Thought: Historical and Institutional Trajectories (with Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui and Marisa Belausteguigoitia),. This volume is a collection of critical essays on twelve keywords central in Latin American and Caribbean Studies: indigenismo, Americanism, colonialism, criollismo, race, transculturation, modernity, nation, gender, sexuality, testimonio, and popular culture.

She is currently at work on a new project, “Archipiélagos de ultramar: rethinking Colonial and Caribbean Studies” that uses comparative archipelagic studies as a historical and theoretical framework to propose a different research agenda for the study of cultural productions in the Caribbean between 1498 and 2010. Professor Martínez-San Miguel is an active member of the Latin American Studies Association, the Caribbean Philosophical Association, the Modern Language Association, the Puerto Rican Studies Association and the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, among others. She serves on the executive Council of the Tepoztlán Institute for Transnational History of the Américas and Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers and is on the editorial board of the Revista Iberoamericana, Social Text, Rutgers University Press and Signs, among others. In collaboration with Nelson Maldonado Torres and Michelle Stephens, she is the co-editor of the Critical Caribbean Studies book series at Rutgers University Press.


Courses Regularly Taught

595:295 Latino and Caribbean Cultural Studies
595:240 Latino Literature
195:610 Comparative Literature in Dialogue: Extended Postcolonialities (graduate seminar)
195:608 Debates in Comparative Caribbean Studies: Beyond Creolization and Mulataje (graduate seminar)
195:516 Comparative Colonialities (graduate seminar)




 SanMiguel coloniality Coloniality of Diasporas: Rethinking Intra-colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context. New York: Palgrave, 2014.
 SanMiguel LackofExcess From Lack to Excess: ‘Minor’ Readings of Latin American Colonial Discourse. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2008.
martinez-sanmiguel caribe Caribe Two Ways: cultura de la migración en el Caribe insular hispánico. San Juan: Ediciones Callejón, 2003.
 SanMiguel americanos Saberes americanos: subalternidad y epistemología en los escritos de Sor Juana. Pitsburgh: Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana—Serie Nuevo Siglo, 1999.



  • 2016. “Fantasy as Identity: Beyond Foundational Narratives in Lourdes Casal.” Cuban Studies 45 Forthcoming.
  • 2015. “Ethnic Specularities: Exploring the Caribbean and Latino Dimensions of Down These Mean Streets.” Accepted for publication in Latino Studies 13.3: Forthcoming.
  • 2011. “Sexilios: hacia una nueva poética de la erótica caribeña.” América Latina Hoy. [Salamanca, España] 58: 15-30.
  • 2011. “Female Sexiles?: Towards an Archeology of Displacement of Sexual Minorities in the Caribbean” Signs. 36.4: 813-836.
  • 2011. “Taíno Warriors?: Strategies for Recovering Indigenous Voices in Colonial and Contemporary Hispanic Caribbean Discourses.” Centro Journal. 23.1: 196-215.
  • 2010. “(Neo) Barrocos de Indias: Sor Juana y los imaginarios coloniales de la crítica latinoamericana.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Special Issue on Sor Juana. Ed. Stephanie Kirk. 44.2: 433-463.
  • 009. “Postcolonialism.” Social Text 100: 188-193.

(Full list of publications available at: http://www.yolandamartinez-sanmiguel.com/articles-and-chapters.html)


Book Chapters

  • 2016. “‘The Latin American Keywords Project’: A Critical Disciplinary Genealogy.” (co-authored with Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui and Marisa Belausteguigoitia). Critical Terms in Caribbean and Latin American Thought: Historical and Institutional Trajectories. New York: Palgrave.
  • 2016. “Introduction: Thinking beyond Hetero/Homonormativities” (co-authored with Sarah Tobias). Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normatitivities. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
  • 2016. “Conclusion: Trans Fantasizing: From Social Media to Collective Imagination. (co-authored with Sarah Tobias). Trans Studies: The Challenge to Hetero/Homo Normatitivities. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
  • 2015. “Diáspora, migración y literatura puertorriqueña (1940-2010).” Escrituras en contrapunto. Estduios y debates para una historia crítica de la literature puertorriqueña. Eds. Marta Aponte Alsina, Juan Gelpí and Malena Rodríguez Castro. Río Piedras: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. 148-186.
  • 2014. “Safe Feminist Spaces: Reflection about the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers—New Brunswick” (with Sarah Tobias). The Entrepeneurial University: Engaging Publics, Intersecting Impacts. Ed. Yvette Taylor. London: Palgrave. 261-278.
  • 2013. “Los límites de la colonialidad del poder: el caso de Puerto Rico.” Culturas literarias del Caribe. Ed. Claudia Caisso. Córdoba, Argentina: Alción-UNR Editora. 213-233.
  • 2011. “Conquistas y seducciones en la Nueva España: una lectura queer de la Malinche y Sor Juana” (co-authored with Electa Arenal). Estudios coloniales latinoamericanos en el siglo XXI: Nuevos itinerarios. Ed. Stephanie Kirk. Pittsburgh: ILLI. 121-148.
  • 2010. “Coloniality of Diasporas: Racialization of Negropolitans and Nuyoricans in Paris and New York.” Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration. Ed. Vanessa Pérez-Rosario. New York: Palgrave. 189-206.
  • 2009. “Poéticas caribeñas de lo criollo: creole/criollo/creolité.” Poéticas de lo criollo: la transformación del concepto “criollo” en las letras hispanoamericanas (siglo XVI al XIX). Eds. Juan M. Vitulli and David Solodkow. Buenos Aires: Editorial Corregidor. 403-441.
  • 2009. “Nuyoricans y negropolitanos: diáspora y racialización en Puerto Rico y Martinica” Los contornos del mundo: globalización, subjetividad y cultura. Eds. Nattie Golubov y Rodrigo Parrini. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte. 353-379.
  • 2009. “Colonial Writings as Minority Discourse?” Creole Subjects in the Colonial Americas: Empires, Texts, Identities. Eds. Ralph Bauer and José Antonio Mazzotti. Virginia: Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, University of North Carolina. 162-190.


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