Language and Literature


Michelle Johnson Vela, Professor of Spanish

Teaching Interests

20th Century Latin American literature

U.S. Latino studies/literature


Selected Works

"Crossing Borders:  Latina Life Stories from the Barrio," Chiricú 8.3 (2001)

"Planting the Seeds of Change: Im/migrant Women's Life Writings" Journal of International Women's Studies (November, 2005)

"Bridging the Borderlands: Navigating the Self in Chicana Writings" Mediating Chicana/o Culture: Multicultural American Vernacular. Newcastle-Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.

Raphael Dalleo and Elena Machado Sáez. The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post –Sixties Literature. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. 205 pp. Camino Real, 2010.

"Geographies of Home: Ex/isle Epistemology and National Consciousness in Dominican and Dominican American Literature" in Essays: Exploring the Global Caribbean. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 47-61.

Current Project

Research for book-length manuscript on im/migrant life writings.

Contact Information

Department of Language and Literature
205C Fore Hall, 110 Fore Hall
MSC 162 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361.593.2597, 361.593.2516

Michelle Johnson Vela, Professor of Spanish