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Marissa Ambio

Marissa Ambio
Marissa Ambio

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Christian A. Johnson 205

Marissa Ambio’s book project draws on archival research of the Cuban émigré press during the Ten Years War to explore the articulation of Cuban nationalism within a transnational context. Her recent writing examines the contemporary work of Junot Díaz to show how sound (and its absence) is used to craft literary dimensions and convey cultural concepts, like Dominican masculinity.

Ambio’s publications have appeared in Hispania, Latin American Research Review and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Ambio enjoys teaching language, literature and culture courses and is happy to reconnect with Hamilton, being an alumna of its study abroad program in Madrid.

Recent Courses Taught

Hispanic New York: Contemporary Literature and Art
Introduction to US Latinx Literature
Spanish for Heritage/Bilingual Speakers
Advanced Grammar
Conversation on Hispanic Cultures

Select Publications & Presentations


  • “Christopher González. Reading Junot Díaz.” Hispania. 100.2 (2017): 305-06.
  • “Cuba’s Laborante: The Worker as Revolutionary Identity.” Latin American Research Review. 50.3 (2015): 157-174.
  • “Illustrating Identity in the Cuban Émigré Press: Latin American Transnationalism in El Ateneo.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.48.2 (2014): 307-328.
  • “Deism and the Authorship of Jicoténcal.” Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, Volume VI. Ed. Antonia I. Castañeda and A. Gabriel Meléndez. Houston: Arte Público P, 2006. 199-213. Rpt. Recovering Hispanic Religious Thought and Practice of the United States. Ed. Nicolás Kanellos. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars P, 2007. 76-89.
  • “The Authorship of Jicoténcal.” Hispania 88.3 (2005): 445-55.
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  • “Nineteenth-Century Latino Print Culture: Latin American Regionalism in New York’s El Ateneo (1874)” LASA Congress XXXVII. Boston, May 24-27, 2019.
  • “The Nineteenth-Century U.S. Latino Immigrant Narrative in El Ateneo (1874).” ACLA Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. March 7-10, 2019.
  •  “At the Intersection of Race and Gender: Identity in Piri Thomas’s Down These Mean Streets.”North East Council on Latin American Studies. Worcester, November 10, 2018.
  • Drown­-ed Out: Literary Silence in the Short Stories of Junot Díaz.” Congresos Internacionales de Literatura Hispánica. Granada, Spain. June 27-29, 2018.

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
American Comparative Literature Association
Latin American Studies Association
Latina/o Studies Association
Modern Language Association

Appointed to the Faculty: 2017

Educational Background

Ph.D., Columbia University
M.Phil., Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University
B.A., Williams College


Solidarities in Exile: Cuban Collectives, Nation and New York City's Spanish-Language Periodicals, 1868-78
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