Monica Huerta

Monica Huerta
Monica Huerta
Assistant Professor
B41 McCosh Hall
609-258-8858
Office Hours: 
Spring '19: F 10:00 - noon / Tu 4:30 - please make appts. via WASE

Monica Huerta received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an M.A. in History from Princeton University and a B.A. in History & Literature from Harvard University. She was most recently a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University, where she was housed in the Program in Women’s Studies and taught a course on the historical memory of American slavery. She has also taught courses at Rutgers University, Pace University, and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico.  During her doctoral course of study, she was awarded both pre-doctoral and dissertation fellowships from the Ford Foundation, a dissertation award from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, visiting fellowships from the New York Public Library and the Hispanic Cultural Center, as well as travel & research grants from the Mellon Foundation and the University of California. She is also a proud Mellon-Mays Fellow. Her research focuses on notions of expression and its relationship to identity in literature, law, and science, especially as they revolve around photography and involuntariness in the nineteenth-century study and representation of facial expressions of emotion. As a fellow at Princeton she will continue work on her first book, The Evidence of Things Unseen: Involuntary Expressions and the Making of Modern Personhood. In addition to being affiliated with the English Department, she will serve as a faculty fellow at Wilson College. At Princeton this fall she will teach an introductory course to Latino literature emphasizing the transnational, multi-racial networks that influence the works of literature we term “Latino.”  Her work has appeared in J19: The Journal for Nineteenth-Century Americanists and American Literature.