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Amy E. Wright, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Ph.D., Brown University, 2006
M.A., Brown University, 2002
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995

Research Interests

  • Print Culture in Mexico
  • Popular Seriality in Latin America
  • Latin American Literary and Cultural History
  • Media Studies and Popular Culture in Mexico from the 19th Century to the Present

Publications and Media Placements

  • Serial Mexico: Storytelling Across Media, from Nationhood to Now. Vanderbilt UP, 2023.
  • “Serialization and the Novel”. Cambridge History of the Mexican Novel. Cambridge UP. Forthcoming, 2024
  • Interview. STL Post Dispatch, January 2023. "How a Mexican Journalist Sparked a Revolution from Saint Louis."
  • “Representaciones de la democracia popular a través de Don Catarino y su apreciable familia (1921-26)”. Culturas de la prensa en México: 1880-1930. UNAM Press, 2022.
  • AP Interview, Monday September 14, 2020.  By Christopher Torchia, Latin American Editor for the Associated Press – Mexico City. “Mexico Honors A Defiant Woman on Independence Anniversary.” Published Tuesday September 15, 2020.
  • "The Cult of Liberté in Latin America: From Nineteenth-Century Political Thought to Popular National Iconography." Teaching Representations of the French Revolution. MLA Press, 2019. 314-335.
  • Conversant/Host, A Conversation with Isabel Allende. Author Event for Book Release Sponsored by Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO, November 2017
  • "Early Nineteenth-Century Nation-Building Prose." Cambridge History of Mexican Literature. Eds. A. Nogar, J.R. Ruisánchez Serra & I. Sánchez Prado. Cambridge University Press, 2016. 143-157.
  • “Serial Space-Time as New Form of National Consciousness: Lizardi’s El Periquillo Sarniento (1816)." Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 2016. 839-57.
  • “The Closest Layer of the Palimpsest: Unearthing the Nineteenth-Century Serial Novel in Serna’s Angeles del abismo (2004).” Latin American Literary Review, No. 81, 2013: 91-108.
  • “Genaro García’s Leona Vicario, heroína insurgente (1910): or, a Centennial-Year Revision of the Mexican Woman’s Place in the Public Sphere.” Iberoamericana: América Latina-España-Portugal. Narrativas del Centenario y el Bicentenario de la Independencia en Latinoamérica, No. 39, 2010: 145-160.
  • “La mirada y los marginados en la Misericordia galdosiana.” Anales Galdosianos No. 44-45, 2009-2010: 93-112. 
  • “Novels, Newspapers, and Nation: The Beginnings of Serial Fiction in Nineteenth-Century Mexico.” Chapter 3. Building Nineteenth-Century Latin America: Re-rooted Cultures, Identities, and Nations. Eds. William Acree & J. C. González Espitia. Vanderbilt University Press, 2009.
  • “Entre España y las Américas, el liberalismo y el nacionalismo: El caso del trotamundos transatlántico Juan Martínez Villergas (1817-1894).” Siglo Diecinueve No. 13 (2007): 19-36.
  • El bastardo Mudarra (1612): Una exploración de la figura del Otro en su contexto literario y social." Anuario Lope de Vega 8 (2003): 197-208.

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
  • 2022 Donald G. Brennan Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring, College of Arts & Sciences, SLU.
  • 2021 Beaumont Fellowship, Office of the Vice President for Research, SLU.
  • 2021 Stolle Award, College of Arts and Sciences, SLU.
  • 2021, 2014 & 2011 Mellon Grant in the Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, SLU.
  • 2017 Helen I. Mandeville Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Humanities, CAS, SLU.
  • 2015 Innovative Teaching Fellowship, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning, SLU.
  • 2014 Nominee, James H. Korn Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Award, SLU

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Modern Language Association
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • University of California Association of Mexicanists
  • UNAM/UC Working Group: Culture & The Press in Mexico
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese