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About Elisa G. Rizo

Elisa Rizo is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University.  Her articles and interviews with writers appear in various academic journals in the United States, Europe and Latin America, as well as in many collective volumes.  She has and coedited the special double issue: Guinea Ecuatorial como pregunta abierta: hacia el diálogo entre nuestras otredades (Revista Iberoamericana issues 248-249, 2014 with Lola Aponte) and Receptions of the Classics in the African Diaspora of the Hispanophone and Lusophone Worlds: Atlantis Otherwise (2016, Lexington Books, with Madeleine Henry). Additionally, she has edited and introduced three  literary anthologies of Equatorial Guinean literature: Caminos y veredas: narrativas de Guinea Ecuatorial (UNAM: Mexico City, 2011), Letras Transversales: obras escogidas de Juan Tomás Avila Laurel (Verbum: Madrid, 2012), Crónicas de lágrimas anuladas: poesía y teatro de Recaredo Silebó Boturu (Verbum: Madrid, 2014). She is currently writing a book on Equatorial Guinean theatre and completing research for a second one on theatre of the African Diaspora in Spanish, incluiding Africa, Latin America and Spain.


Present Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of World Languages and Cultures

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Honors and Awards

  • Cassling Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award (2016) LAS Outstanding Teaching Award (2015)

Contact Information

Office: 3232 Pearson Hall
Phone: (515) 294-6024


Books (3)

Book Chapters (3)

Hispanophone African Diaspora (1)

Reviews (3)

Equatorial Guinea (11)