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Jennifer Harford Vargas

Jennifer Harford Vargas (PhD, Stanford University) researches and teaches on Latina/o cultural production, hemispheric American studies, race and ethnicity, theories of the novel, decolonial imaginaries, narratives of undocumented migration, and testimonio forms in the Americas.

She is co-editor of Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination (Duke University Press, 2016).

She is currently revising her book manuscript, Forms of Dictatorship: Power, Narrative, and Authoritarianism in the Latina/o Novel, which is under contract with Oxford University Press and will appear in the Oxford Studies in American Literary History series. 

She is also the author of:

  • “Transnational Forms.” Co-authored with Monica Hanna. Latina/o Literature in the Classroom: 21stCentury Approaches to Teaching. Ed. Frederick Aladama. Routledge, 2015.
  • “Novel Testimony: Alternative Archives in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones.” Callaloo. 37.5 (Fall 2014): 1162-1180.

  • “Dictating a Zafa: The Power of Narrative Form in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. 39.3 (Fall 2014): 8-30.

  • “Critical Realisms in the Global South: Narrative Transculturation in Senapati’s Six Acres and a Third and García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.” Ed. Satya Mohanty. Colonialism, Modernity, and the Study of Literature: A View from India. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

She is on the steering committee of the Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies Program, as well as the Comparative Literature Program. 

Courses Taught

  • ESEM 008: “Borders.”
  • ENGL 217: “Narratives of Latinidad”
  • ENGL 237: “The Dictator Novel in the Americas”
  • ENGL 250: “Methods of Literary Study”
  • ENGL 276: “Transnational Américan Literature”
  • ENGL 345: “Theories of the Ethnic Novel”




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