Emily Celeste Vázquez Enríquez

Emily Celeste Vazquez Enriquez

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Spanish

602 Sproul Hall


  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • M.A., The University of Texas at El Paso
  • B.A., Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua

Research and Teaching Interests 

20th/21st-Century Mexican, Central American, and Latinx Literatures and Cultures; Border and Migration Studies; Environmental Humanities: Ecocriticism and Animal Studies; Critical Race Theory; Sound Studies; Visual Culture 

Courses Taught 

  • SPA 168: Intro to Latinx Studies 
  • SPA 155: Mexican Novel 
  • SPA 230: Ecologies of Borders and Migration 
  • SPA 279: Bodies of Extraction: Crip Ecologies and Otherness in Mexican, Mexican American and Chicanx Narratives 

Committees and Service 

  • 2021-2022: Graduate Studies Fellowship Review Committee, UC Davis 
  • 2021-2022: Committee on Foreign Languages, UC Davis 
  • 2021-2022: Member of the Environmental Humanities Designated Emphasis Executive Committee, UC Davis 
  • 2021-2022: Representative to the Assembly of the Academic Senate, UC Davis 
  • 2021-2022: Graduate Committee, Spanish and Portuguese Department, UC Davis 
  • 2020-2021: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Spanish and Portuguese Department, UC Davis 
  • 2020-2021: Undergraduate Committee, Spanish and Portuguese Department, UC Davis 

Selected Academic Publications 

"The Sounds of the Desert: Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli." Latin American Literary Review. Spring 2021. 

“Wet-nurses and migrant nanas in Mexico’s imaginary landscape.” South of the Future: Speculative Biotechnologies and Care Markets in South Asia and Latin America. Eds. Anindita Banerjee and Debra Castillo. SUNY Press. 2020. 

“Las tierras arrasadas, de Emiliano Monge: la frontera en movimiento.” Mester. University of California at Los Angeles. 2019. 

“Companion Species in Border Crossings: ‘Mediodía de frontera’ by Claudia Hernández.” Ciberletras. Revista de crítica literaria y de cultura. Lehman College CUNY. 2019. 

Current Projects 

"Borders and Species Extinction" (academic article)

Border Biomes: Coexistence and Interference on American Migration Trails (book project) 

Invasive Species: The Ecologies of Migration in the Americas (book project) 

Selected Grants and Awards 

  • 2021-2022: UC Humanities Research Institute Junior Faculty Workshop Grant. 
  • 2020- present: Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities (CAMPSSAH) Faculty Scholars Award. University of California, Davis. 
  • 2020-2021: First Generation Faculty Learning Communities. Center for Educational Effectiveness, UC Davis. 
  • 2018-2019: Grant for Doctoral Research in Sustainability and the Humanities. Cornell University, Society for the Humanities. 
  • 2019: President’s Travel Fund for the Humanities Award. Cornell University, Society for the Humanities. 
  • 2018: Latina/o Studies Research Grant. Cornell University, Latina/o Studies Program. 
  • 2018: Mellon Urbanism Fellowship. Cornell University, Society for the Humanities.