Elena Machado Sáez is a Professor of English at Bucknell University, where she teaches courses on contemporary American, US Latinx, and Caribbean diaspora literatures. She earned her PhD in English at SUNY Stony Brook and her undergraduate degree in English at Fordham University. She also completed a certification offered by the International Inside-Out Instructor Training Institute at Temple University.

Dr. Machado Sáez’s current research project is on activism and US Latinx theater. She has published several essays about Lin-Manuel Miranda including, “Debt of Gratitude: Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Politics of US Latinx Twitter,”  in archipelagos, “Blackout on Broadway: Affiliation and Audience in In the Heights and Hamilton” in Studies in Musical Theater, and “Bodega Sold Dreams: Middle-Class Panic and the Crossover Aesthetics of In the Heights” in Dialectical Imaginaries: Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism (2018).

She is author of Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction (University of Virginia Press 2015). The book analyzes historical fiction by Caribbean diasporic authors in Britain, Canada and the United States as part of a global literary trend that addresses the relationship between ethnic writers and their audiences. Machado Sáez argues that the novels address the problematic of intimacy and ethics in relation to readership by focusing on how gender and sexuality represent sites of contestation in the formulation of Caribbean identity and history.

Dr. Machado Sáez is also coauthor of The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2007), which discusses how Cuban-American, Dominican-American, and Puerto Rican literatures challenge established ideas about the relationship between politics and the market.


PhD in English, SUNY Stony Brook, 2003.
BA in English, Fordham University, 1998.



Machado Sáez, Elena. Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction. New World Studies Series, Modern Language Initiative. University of Virginia Press, 2015.

Discusses the historical novels of Robert Antoni, Julia Alvarez, Dionne Brand, David Chariandy, Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, Marlon James, Andrea Levy, Ana Menéndez, and Monique Roffey.

Coauthored Book

Dalleo, Raphael and Machado Sáez, Elena. The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Analyzes the relationship of politics and the market in the works of Chantel Acevedo, Julia Alvarez, Angie Cruz, Nilo Cruz, Junot Díaz, Cristina Garcia, Ana Menéndez, Pedro Pietri, Ernesto Quiñonez and Abraham Rodriguez. Paperback version issued in January 2013.



  • Essay, “North of 96th Street: Latinx Class Mobility and In the Heights by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes.” From the Bowery to the Bronx: A Cultural History of New York City Through Song, Intellect Books [expected publication 2022; approx. 3,500 words].

  • “Hype it Up: US Latinx Theater on TikTok.” TikTok Cultures in the US. Edited by Trevor Buffone. Routledge Focus on Digital Media and Culture Series. [approx. 3,500 words].

Recent Publications

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

  • “Afro-Latinidad and Lowercase Activism in Guadalis del Carmen’s Plays.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference, Detroit, MI; [2022].

  • “White Latinx Saviors: Reflections on Literary Scholarship about Afro-Latinidad.” Latina/o Studies Association (LSA) Conference, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN; [2022].


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