Laura Lomas

Laura Lomas


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Office Location

360 Dr. Martin L. King Blvd.
Hill Hall 519
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Office Hours

Monday, 2:00-3:00 pm and 5:30-6:30 pm& by appointment


Laura Lomas, Professor (Ph.D. Columbia 2001), teaches comparative American studies, Latina/o literature and culture, ethnic and immigrant literature of the United States and the Americas and feminist cultural studies in the English Department and the Graduate Program in American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark. Lomas received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to research and write her book, Translating Empire: José Martí, Migrant Latino Subjects and American Modernities (Duke University Press, 2008), which received the Modern Language Association's Prize for best book in Chicana and Chicano and Latina and Latino Studies, and an Honorable Mention for the Latin American Studies Association's Latino Studies Section Book Award. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2011 to teach graduate courses at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru, and to research her new book project, which examines the Gilded Age as period marked by imperial relations between the United States and South America. Other recent publications include: “Thinking-Across, Infiltration and Transculturation: José Martí’s Theory and Practice of Post-Colonial Translation in New York” forthcoming in Special Issue of Translation Review of the American Literary Translators Association, edited by Regina Galasso and Carmen Boullosa, "The Unbreakable Voice in a Minor Language: Following José Martí's Routes," in Vanessa Y. Perez, ed. Hispanic Caribbean Migration: Narratives of Displacement (Palgrave, 2010), "José Martí's 'Evening of Emerson' and the United Statesian Literary Tradition," Journal of American Studies (2009); "Redefining the American Revolutionary: Gabriela Mistral on José Martí," Comparative American Studies (2008), and “’The War Cut Out my Tongue’: Foreign Wars, Domestic Violence and Translation in Demetria Martínez,” American Literature (2006), which was a finalist for that year’s Best Essay in Western American Literary Studies. She served as Acting Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Rutgers Newark in 2009, is an Associate Editor of Signs, member of the Advisory Board of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project and co- founder of the Immigrant Rights Collective at Rutgers Newark.


Courses Taught

Race, Nation and Borders in American Literature
Latina/o Literature and Culture
Perspectives on American Modernity
The Chronicle and the City: José Martí's New York
Studies in American Authors
Foundations of Literary Study
Survey of American Literature
Women and World Literature
Literature of the Americas
Western Literature Since the Renaissance
Writing and Incarceration
Ibero-American Civilization
Narrativas contemporaneas:  memoria, modernidad y culturas populares

Undocumented Subjects: Narratives of Migration from Latin America
Introduction to Graduate Literary Study
The Politics of Reproduction
Subjects of Empire:  Theories and Contexts from the Americas


Fellow, Institute for Research on Women and Gender Faculty Seminar, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2008-2009.
National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, for relief from teaching responsibilities while researching and writing book manuscript entitled “Translating Empire: José Martí, Latino Migrant Subjects and American Modernities,” 2004-2005.
Mellon Summer Fellowship, Biblioteca Nacional, Biblioteca de Literatura y Lingúistica, and the Centro de Estudios Martianos, La Habana, Cuba. 1998                                                                                          
Foreign Language Area Studies, University of São Paolo summer language program, São Paolo, Brazil. 1994.
Fulbright Fellow, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Coursework and research in Comparative Caribbean Women's Writing. 1992-1993


Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York, NY
B.A. in English and Religion from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, with High Honors

Certificate in Feminist Studies at Columbia University


Translating Empire: José Martí, Migrant Latino Subjects and American Modernities  (Durham: Duke University Press, 2008).

Book-Length Works in Progress:

Small Shimmering Works: An Anthology of Gilded Age Latino Writing of New York and New Jersey, in preparation.

Undocumented Subjects: Narratives of Migration and Economic Regionalization in the Americas, in preparation 

The Transamerican Gilded Age, edited collection of essays, in preparation.

Articles in Peer Reviewed Essay Collections or Journals:
"'The War Cut Out My Tongue': Foreign Wars, Domestic Violence and Translation in Demetria Martínez," American Literature 78.2(June 2006):  357-387. Finalist for the Don D. Walker Award for the Year's Best Essay in Western American Literature and Culture
“Beyond ‘Fixed’ and ‘Mixed’ Racial Paradigms: The Discursive Production of the Hispanic and the 2000 U.S. Census,” Ilha do Desterro:  A Journal of Language and Literature, Special Issue on Diversity and Difference (Brazil) 48 (2005): 65-94.
"Between Nation and Empire: Latino Cultural Critique at the Intersection of the Americas,” The Cuban Republic and José Martí: Reception and Use of a National Symbol, edited by Mauricio A. Font and Alfonso W. Quiroz. Boston: Lexington Books, 2006, 115-127.
“Modernization, Imperialism and the Commodification of Identity in José Martí’s ‘Great Cattle Exposition,'” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 9.2 (August 2000): 193-212.
“Mystifying Mystery:  Inscriptions of the Oral in the Legend of Rose Hall.” Journal of West Indian Literature 6.2 (1994): 70-87.

Forthcoming Publications In Peer-Reviewed Journals or Books:

"Martí´s Routes: Itinerancy, Translation, and the Voice in New York's Hispanic Caribbean Tradition," in edited collection, Voces Caribeñas: Literature of Exile and (Im)migration from the Islands to the Diasporas, Kelly Comfort and Vanessa Pérez, co-editors. Under review.
"José Martí's 'Evening of Emerson' and the United Statesian Literary Tradition," forthcoming in the Journal of American Studies, Spring 2009.
"Redefining the American Revolutionary: Gabriela Mistral on José Martí," Comparative American Studies, forthcoming Fall 2008.
"Reading the 'Sojourn in Exotic Lands':  Edith Wharton’s “Xingú” and William James’s Brazilian Travel Writing," conditionally accepted for publication at College Literature.

Commentary and Translations:

"That Portion of Humanity that We See Up Close: Art and Politics in The World in Print," Contribution to Paul Robeson Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, December 2007.
Review of Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Ambassadors of Culture: The Transamerican Origins of Latino Writing in the United States (Princeton University Press, 2002), Comparative American Studies (December 2003): 508-510.
“José Martí.” Entry in M.Keith Booker, ed. Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.
Fernando Conceição, “The Black Question in Brazil.” Trans. by Laura Lomas. Found Object 5 (Spring 1995):  137-143.