photo Carmen Serrano

Carmen Serrano

Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies

Degree/Institution: PhD University of California, Irvine
Office: HU 227
Phone: (518) 442-4222/4100


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



In Progress

  • Serrano, Carmen. Ghosting Indigenous Cultures: Yaquis’ Absence and Re-emergence in Literature and Culture. University of New Mexico Press (Advance Contract).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Ghosting Indigenous Cultures: Yaquis’ Near Absence in Literature of the Mexican Revolution.” Journal of the Southwest 61, no. 1 (Forthcoming, winter 2019).
  • “Dark Networks and Pathogens Undermining Democracies: Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain.”iMex. México Interdisciplinario / Interdisciplinary Mexico 8, no. 16 (August 2019).
  • “Death and Metaphor in Cien años de soledad, La casa de los espíritusand Paula.” Latin American Literary Review 46, no. 91 (2019): 41-49.
  • “Mapping the Zombie: Diego Velázquez Betancourt’s Newfangled Zombie in La noche que asolaron Tokio.” Romance Notes 58, no. 3 (December 2018): 461-472.
  • “Duplicitous Vampires Annihilating Tradition in Froylán Turcios’s El vampiro.” In Latin American Gothic, edited by Sandra Casanova-Vizcaíno and Inés Ordiz, 71-83. New York: Routledge, 2018.
  • “Gallo-Gallina: Gender Performance and the Androgynous Imagination in Elena Poniatowska’s Hasta no verte Jesús mío.” In Performing Ethnicity, Performing Gender: Transcultural Perspectives, edited by Bettina Hoffman and Monika Mueller, 133-149. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • “Revamping Dracula on the Mexican Silver Screen in Fernando Méndez’s El vampiro.” In Vampires and Zombies: Transcultural Migrations and Transnational Interpretations, edited by Dorothea Fischer-Hornung and Monika Mueller, 149-167. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2016.
  • “Murky Shadows: Revisiting the Caudillo in Sombra de la sombra by Paco Ignacio Taibo II.” AlterTexto 6 (June–December 2014): 6-19.
  • “El vampiro en el espejo: Elementos góticos en Yo el supremo.” Revista Iberoamericana 76, no. 232-233 (July 2010): 899-912.