Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann

Associate Professor (Ph.D., Brown University)

Literature, Cultures & Languages, El Instituto

Areas of Interests:

Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora literature and intellectual history, hemispheric ethnic studies, critical race theory,  translation and the transnational circulation of ideas, literary infrastructure, cultural capital, decolonial theory, theories of solidarity, aesthetic forms of collaboration, gender and sexuality studies.


Biographical Note:

Hailing from Miami, Florida and San Antonio, Texas,  Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann (they or she pronouns) is a second-generation immigrant of Cuban, Colombian, and Jewish descent. A writer, transdisciplinary scholar, and a translator, Seligmann holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Brown University. In addition to teaching courses in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies at UCONN, Seligmann is an affiliated researcher of the Aimé Césaire research group of the Francophone Manuscripts Team at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Employed as an Assistant Professor at Emerson College from 2015-2021, they were awarded the Helaine and Stanley Miller prize for outstanding teaching in 2017. Seligmann’s research and writing has been supported by funding from the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and Mellon Mays SSRC Graduate Program, the Ford Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the Goizueta Foundation, and the Citizens and Scholars Institute.



Current Research/Selected Publications:

Writing the Caribbean in Magazine Time (Rutgers University Press, 2021).

The Void, the Distance, Elsewhere: Literary Infrastructure and Empire in the Caribbean.” Small Axe 62 (Jul. 2020), pp. 1-16.

Con-federating the Archipelago: the Confederación Antillana and the West Indies Federation,” with Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel. Small Axe 61 (Mar. 2020), pp. 37-43.

Un-nationalisms of the Federated Archipelago.” Small Axe 61 (Mar. 2020), pp. 69-77.

Caliban, Why? The 1968 Cultural Congress of Havana, C. L. R. James, and the Role of the Caribbean Intellectual.The Global South Special Issue on Cuba and the Global South, vol. 13, no. 1 (Spring 2019 [2020]) pp. 59-80.

Cabrera’s Césaire: The Making of a Trans-Caribbean Zone.” MLN 134 (Dec. 2019), pp. 1037-1058.

Sounding the Americas: The Politics and Aesthetics of Racialised Acoustics.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies vol. 29, no.3 (Dec. 2020), pp. 479-487.

How a Cuban Writer Defied Censors and Became a Latin American Literature Icon.”PBS SocCal Voces. November 8, 2021.

From Granma to Boston and Havana and Back: Cuban Literature Today.” New England Review vol. 42 no.   1 (Mar. 2021), pp. 37-38.

Katerina Gonzalez Seligmann
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