Nanci Buiza is Associate Professor at Swarthmore College. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Emory University. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary Mexican and Central American literature, culture, and cinema. She teaches courses on peace and conflict in Central America; state oppression, violence, and human rights in Mexico; migration along the Central America-Mexico-U.S. corridor; and the impact of neoliberalism in both Mexico and Central America. Her publications and courses approach these topics from the perspectives of trauma, memory, ethics, aesthetics, and affect theory.

She has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, A Contracorriente, Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos, Iberoamericana, Hispanic Research Journal,  Hispanófila, and Iowa Literaria. She has an article forthcoming in Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context (MLA, Options for Teaching Series). She is currently writing a book on postwar Central American literature.


If you have any questions about accessing her articles, please email her: nbuiza1@swarthmore.edu.


Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies, Emory University, 2013
M.A. in Spanish Literature, California State University, Long Beach, 2008
B.A. in Spanish Literature and Certificate in Latin American Studies, California State University, Long Beach, 2005


1. “Experiencing the Literature of Postwar Central America: On Disaffection, Alienation, and Survival.” In: Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context. Edited by Gloria E. Chacón and Mónica Albizúrez. Modern Language Association of America (MLA), Options for Teaching Series (forthcoming).

2. “The Spectacle of Peace and the Politics of Memory in Postwar El Salvador: On Miguel Huezo Mixco’s La casa de Moravia.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, vol.54, no.1, 2020, pp.73-92. https://doi.org/10.1353/rvs.2020.0003

3. “La búsqueda del mythos en la posguerra centroamericana: una aproximación a la narrativa de Rodrigo Rey Rosa.” Iowa Literaria, no.1, 2020. http://iowaliteraria.lib.uiowa.edu

4. “On Aesthetic Experience and Trauma in Postwar Central America: The Case of Horacio Castellanos Moya’s El asco and Claudia Hernández’s De Fronteras.” Hispanófila, vol.184, Diciembre 2018, pp.99-115. http://doi.org/10.1353/hsf.2018.0043

5. “Crossing Mexico on la Bestia: The Central American Migrant Experience in the Documentary Films Which Way Home and Who Is Dayani Cristal?Hispanic Research Journal, vol.19, no.4, 2018, pp.415-429. https://doi.org/10.1080/14682737.2018.1492674

6. “El trauma y la poética de afecto en Insensatez de Horacio Castellanos Moya.” Translated by Estefanía Pardo Becerra and María Cornelio. In: Tiranas ficciones: poética y política de la escritura en la obra de Horacio Castellanos Moya. Edited by Magdalena Perkowska and Oswaldo Zavala. Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (IILI), University of Pittsburgh (2018). https://www.iilionline.org/serie-nueva-america

7. “Safeguarding El Salvador’s Transition to Peace and Democracy: A View from the Cultural and Political Magazine Tendencias (1991-2000).” Iberoamericana, vol.18, no.68, 2018, pp.167-185. http://dx.doi.org/10.18441/ibam.18.2018.68.167-185

8. “The Ethical Question in Postwar Central America and the Mutilated Good in Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s El cojo bueno.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, vol.27, no.1, 2018, pp.97-114. https://doi.org/10.1080/13569325.2017.1414038

9. “Trastornando la jerarquía humano-animal: la alienación de la sociedad en la obra de Claudia Hernández.” Istmo: Revista virtual de estudios literarios y culturales centroamericanos, no.34, 2017, pp.1-14. http://istmo.denison.edu/n34/articulos/07.html

10. “Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s El material humano and the Labyrinth of Postwar Guatemala: On Ethics, Truth, and Justice.” A Contracorriente: A Journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America, vol.14, no.1, 2016, pp. 58-79. https://acontracorriente.chass.ncsu.edu/index.php/acontracorriente/article/view/1505/2748

11. “Trauma and the Poetics of Affect in Horacio Castellanos Moya’s Insensatez.Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, vol.47, no.1, 2013, pp.151-172. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/502594/pdf


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