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About Vanessa de Veritch Woodside

My research focuses on representations of the socioeconomic and psychological effects of transnational migration on women and children in Latino/a literature and film. Such an analysis extends previous work within the realms of border studies, sociology, history, psychology, and literary scholarship that tackles questions of transnational migration and gender, and identifies how recent works serve as a counter-discourse to inflammatory anti-immigrant political rhetoric and legislation. My interests, of course, are much broader in scope. I also investigate issues of identity, language, cultural mestizaje, narrative subversion, collective memory, and social justice within US-based Chicano/a and Latino/a literature and art, as well as contemporary Latin American narrative. These themes often appear in my Hispanic Studies courses that enable students to comprehend the socio-historical contexts in which literary and cultural artifacts emerged, and create connections between texts and their own lives and communities on the local, national, and global scale.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

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  • TSPAN 388 Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • TSPAN 335 Hispanic Linguistics
  • THISP 355 Migration and the Transnational Family in Latino Literature and Film
  • THISP 277 Latin American Literature in Translation
  • THISP 267 Introduction to Chicano/a Literature
  • THISP 238 Hispanics/Latinos in the US


2012 Ph.D, University of New Mexico ‐ Spanish and Portuguese
2007 M.A., University of New Mexico ‐ Spanish/Hispanic Literature
2000 B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara ‐ Spanish

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