Carmen Serrano

Carmen Serrano

Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Spanish Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Department of Africana, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies


Humanities 227

PhD University of California, Irvine

Carmen Serrano, Associate Professor of Spanish


Carmen Serrano’s body of research focuses on limits and borders. As a scholar of twentieth and twenty-first Latin American and U.S. Latinx literature and culture, she analyzes the ways in which literature and films manifest monstrous and non-normative bodies: the human and the nonhuman, the corporeal and the spectral, and the dead and the undead. She examines how these bodies, either support or undermine social hierarchies. In particular, she analyzes the ways in which the monstrous and the spectral embody fears and anxieties that speak to a specific cultural moment. In addition to her studies on themes of the supernatural and the fantastic, Serrano also writes about the novel of the Mexican Revolution and US Latinx literature.

Research Interests

The otherworldly, the fantastic and the gothic mode in Latin American literature
The novel of the Mexican Revolution
Representation of the female body in Latin American Literature
Theories of haunting
Indigenous Studies

Courses Taught

Literature and Culture of the Borderlands             
20th Century Spanish American Literature 
The Fantastic and the Otherworldly
Latinos in the United States
Introduction to Literary Methods 
The Novel of the Mexican Revolution 
Hispanic Literature in Translation Online Course