Vanessa Ovalle

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Biographical Sketch

My interests include poetry and poetics of Latin America, the French Caribbean and Chicana@s of the United States; translation and its theories; and postcolonial/transnational studies.  As a senior at Cornell University I completed an undergraduate senior thesis entitled “C- in Spanish for Bilinguals.”  This work included both poetry composition and critical analysis.  Before beginning the CSLC program in Comparative Literature at USC, I worked as a research assistant in Anthropology and contributed to the graduate thesis “Perceptions of the ‘American Dream’ in Hispanic Unaccompanied Minors.”  My dissertation will focus on poetry printed in newspapers by early Chicanas of the 19th and early 20th century.  Primarily I am concerned with emerging femnist logics and cultural identification as it related to Mexican nationalism. As for teaching experience, I have taught basic and intermediate Spanish, and am currently teaching in the Gender Studies department.


  • B.A. Comparative Literature, Cornell University, 2010


  • Poetry Collection
    Ovalle, V. M. (2013). 5 Poems. Sydney. PORTAL Journal of Interdisciplinary Multicultural Studies:

Honors and Awards

  • Del Amo Foundation Research Award, 2015-