Nhora Lucía Serrano, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Digital Learning & Research

Burke Library, First Floor


Nhora Lucía SerranoOriginally from Colombia, Dr. Nhora Lucía Serrano is a trained Early Modern Comparative Literature scholar whose areas of focus include: Technology Enhanced Learning & Educational Innovation, Digital Humanities, History of Book History/Print Culture, Visual Studies (Graphic Narratives and Editorial Cartoons & Comics), Latin America/Latinx, and Medieval And Renaissance Studies.

In 2018 Dr. Serrano was selected to be a  Mellon Press Diversity Fellow at the MIT Press/MIT. In 2017 she was selected as a 2018 Eisner Industry Awards judge. During the summer 2017, she was awarded a summer NEH Institute fellowship to participate in a 4-week seminar at the Newberry Library where she researched early 20th century Chicago Tribune cartoons. In 2014 she was awarded a Smithsonian National Postal Museum fellowship for her project on the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair postal cards and postage stamps and its relationship to editorial cartoons.

Dr. Serrano is a founding member and currently the Treasurer of the Comics Studies Society, and presently serves on the MLA Executive Forum on Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography and is the Forum's elected Representative to the MLA Delegate Assembly. Previously, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College, and a Visiting Scholar of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. From 2014-2018, she served on the MLA Executive Forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives. 


International Judge (Invited)

  • Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Comic-Con International San Diego, 2018

Fellowships and grants:

  • Mellon Press Diversity Fellow (Info. Science, Communication, Visual Culture, Design), 2018-19        

    NEH Summer Institute Scholar: "Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th Century Chicago,” Newberry Library, Chicago, IL., summer 2017

  • Smithsonian National Postal Museum and Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition Scholarship for “Commemorating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair: The Columbian Exposition and the First Souvenir Postal Cards,” spring 2014
  • Visiting Scholar of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, 2014-15

Teaching awards and grants:

  • Teaching recognition campus-wide: “Significant Impact Nomination” for Intellectual Development (Tufts Univ. first-year and sophomore survey), 2015
  • Most Valuable Professor in the College of Liberal Arts Award (Cal. State Univ., Long Beach), 2011-12

Hamilton College

  • Special Collections Grant (“Graphic Satire: Editorial Cartoons”), 2017-18
  • Special Collections Grant (“New World Printing & The Columbian Exchange”), 2016-17



  • Immigrants and Comics: Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis. Edited anthology, sole editor. Under contract at Routledge (part of Routledge Advances in Comics Series), expected April 2020.
  • Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities: An lnterdisciplinary Study (co-editor with Janelle A. Schwartz). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 20 I 0. Listed in "Books of Critical Interest'' in Critical Inquiry, Vol. 37, No. 3 (spring 2011), pp. 574-581.


  • Columbia and the Editorial Cartoon.” The Oxford Handbook of Comics Studies. Oxford University Press. Edited by Frederick Luis Aldama. Forthcoming August 2019 .

  • “Illuminating Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red and The Museum of Innocence.MLA Approaches to Teaching Orhan Pamuk. Editors David Damrosch and Sevinç Tûrkkan. (Nov. 2017), 202-11.

  • “(Un)Tangling Arachne & the Latina Storyteller” in Gendering XXI: New Trends in Latina and Hispanic Caribbean Literatures in the 21st Century, Puerto Rico: Editorial Tiempo Nuevo. Editors Pilar Melero and Nancy Bird-Soto. (May 2017), 151-81.

  • “Visual Frames and Breaking the Rules of the Reconquista.” Playthings in Early Modernity. Editor Allison Levy, Medieval Institute Pubs., Western Michigan Univ. (Feb. 2017), 261-77.

  • “LACMA’s Gambit: In Wonderland’s Surrealist Women.” X-Tra Contemporary Art Quarterly 15.2 (Winter 2013), 102-113.


  • Checkmate!: Play, Games & Cultural Exchanges in the Mediterranean Basin
  • Dream a Little Dream: Virtual Reality and Literature
  • Immigrants and Comics

  • Lost Civilizations: Latin America & its Literary Imagination
  • Readings in World Literature I
  • Show and Tell: Comics and Graphic Narratives
  • Visual Narratives: Images With(In) Books


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., New York University
B.A., Amherst College


Spanish: native speaker
French: excellent
Quechua, Italian and Occitan: proficient
Portuguese, Latin (classical and medieval), Galician-Portuguese, Greek, Andalusi Arabic: reading knowledge


Contact Information

Research & Instructional Design Staff

Summer 2020 Construction
Burke Library

Summer 2020 Construction

Burke Library will close to the public beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, for a complete reconstruction of the first floor and front entrance. 

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