Core Faculty

stevensCamilla Stevens, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
LCS and Spanish and Portuguese
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PhD, 2000, University of Kansas, Spanish-American Literature
M.A. 1994, University of New Mexico, Hispanic Literature
B.A. 1992, Tulane University, Latin American Studies and Spanish

Office Room Number: Room 205, Carpender Hall and Room A257, Lucy Stone Hall
Office Phone Number: (848) 932-6942
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Research Interests

Caribbean and Latin(o) American Theater and Performance, Migration and Citizenship, Colonialism and Race


Biographical Information

Professor Stevens is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She served as Director of the Center for Latin American Studies 2012-2015. Professor Stevens specializes in Latin(o) American drama, theater and performance studies theory, and Pan-Caribbean cultural studies. Her research highlights the role of theater in the cultural politics of constructing, defining, and remembering collective identities. Her book, Family and Identity in Contemporary Cuban and Puerto Rican Drama, offers a comparative analysis of how domestic drama allegorizes divergent views of Cuban and Puerto Rican national experience during the second half of the 20th-century. She is currently completing a co-edited, two-volume collection of Latin American women playwrights and a monograph on contemporary Dominican theater and performance that addresses the experience of migration and challenges hegemonic notions of citizenship and national belonging. She serves on the editorial board of the Latin American Theatre Review.


Courses Regularly Taught

595:100 Introduction to Caribbean Studies
595:270 Introduction to Caribbean Literature
595:341 Theater of the Hispanic Caribbean: Migration and Memory
595:342 Post-colonial Caribbean Theater and Performance (as graduate seminar, 940:659)
940: 215 Introducción a la Literatura Hispánica
940: 331/332 Literatura y Cultura del Caribe Hispano
940:450 Teatro Hispanomericano (as graduate seminar, 940:555)



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Articles and Book Chapters

  • 2014. “Caribbean Drama: A Stage for Cross-Cultural Poetics,” in Re-imagining the Caribbean: Teaching Creole, French, and Spanish Caribbean Literature. Eds. Valérie Orlando and Sandra Cypess. Lexington Books.
  • 2013. “‘Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your Rights’”: Transnational Belonging and Rights of Citizenship in Dominican Theater,” in Imagining Human Rights in Twenty-First Century Theater: Global Perspectives. Eds. Florian Becker, Paola Hernandez, and Brenda Werth. Palgrave.
  • 2010. ‘‘Home is where theatre is’”: Dominican Stories of Return Migration.” Latin American Theatre Review 44.1: 29-48.
  • 2009. “Theater Transformations: Reading Race in Abelardo Estorino's Parece blanca,” in Trans/acting: Latin American and Latino Performing Arts. Eds. Jacqueline Bixler and Laurietz Seda. Bucknell University Press.
  • 2008. “Performing Dominican Transnationalism in P.A.R.G.O. by Waddys Jaquez.” Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 61.4: 255-65.
  • 2007. “Ponernos el espejo por delante: Staging Race in Alejandro Tapia y Rivera’s La cuarterona.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. 31(2): 231-52.
  • 2006 “The Haunted Puerto Rican Stage: Lucy Boscana in Vejigantes and La carreta.” Latin American Theatre Review 38 (1): 5-22. (reprinted in: Revista del Archivo Nacional de Teatro y Cine del Ateneo Puertorriqueño, 2006).