University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Carmen Lamas

Assistant Professor, Latina/o Literature & Latina/o Studies, English; American Studies

Biography

Carmen Lamas is Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature and Latina/o Studies in the Department of English and the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia. She is also a Mellon Fellow and a Fellow of UVa’s Institute of the Humanities and Global Culture (2016-2018), where she engages issues related to the Global South. Before joining UVa in 2016, Dr. Lamas taught at La Amherst College, Columbia University and La Salle University. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Comparative Literature), an M.A. from Georgetown University (English), and two B.A. degrees from Florida State University. Her research examines the lives and lived experiences of Latina/os in the United States in the 19th century from a transnational and hemispheric perspective, engaging race in doing so. She is one of the co-founders of the Latina/o Studies Association, an academic organization that brings together scholars, students, activists and community leaders in the study of Latina/o issues and lives. Her articles have appeared in Revista Hispánica ModernaLatin American Research ReviewLatino Studies. She has articles forthcoming in the edited collection The Latino Nineteenth Century and Oxford University Press Bibliographies. Her current book project is titled The Latina/o Continuum: Rethinking American and Latin American Studies.