Odette Casamayor-Cisneros

Associate Professor

Spanish Studies


1998-2002 Ph.D. Sciences du langage, option : Arts et littératures (Summa cum laude). École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales/School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, France.

1996-1997 DEA (M.A.) Sciences du langage, option: Arts et littératures. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France.

1995-1996 DESS Politique Culturelle. University of Bourgogne, Dijon/ UNESCO Paris, France.

1990-1995 B.A. Journalism. University of Havana, Cuba.

Areas of Expertise

  • Blackness & Afro-Latin American Studies.
  • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Literature and Culture.
  • Cultural Studies.
  • Cuba.


Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Studies, Odette Casamayor graduated from the School of Journalism (B.A.) at the University of Havana in 1995 and earned a Ph.D. in Arts and Literatures at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, in 2002.

Her first book of essays, Utopia, distopía e ingravidez: reconfiguraciones cosmológicas en la narrativa postsoviética cubana (Utopia, Dystopia and Ethical Weightlessness: Cosmological Reconfigurations in post-Soviet Cuban Fiction), published by Iberoamericana-Vervuert in 2013, examines, through the lens of literary production, the existential void experienced by Cubans after the collapse of the Socialist Bloc in the 1990s.

Prof. Casamayor is currently writing a new book, On Being Blacks: Challenging the Hegemonic Knowledge Through Racial Self-Identification Processes in Contemporary Cuban Cultural Production.

A first article on this topic, “Negros de papel. Algunas apariciones del negro en la narrativa cubana después de 1959”, received the 2003 “Juan Rulfo” International Essay Award in Paris.

She is also the recipient of the 2009 “José Juan Arrom” National Prize of Literary Essay by the Union of Cuban Writers (UNEAC).

As a writer of fiction, Casamayor has published the collection of stories Una casa en los Catskills (1st edition, La Secta de los Perros, 2012, and 2nd edition, Letras Cubanas, 2016).

Teaching and supervising areas of specialization include Afro-diaspora and Blackness in the Americas, Twentieth-century and Contemporary Caribbean, Latin American and Latino Literatures, Cultures & Societies, Cuban Studies, Cultural Studies in post-Cold War Latin America, and Latino and Latin American Cinema.


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