Monica Huerta

Monica Huerta
Monica Huerta
Assistant Professor of English and American Studies
B41 McCosh Hall
609-258-8858
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Tuesdays 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Please use the calendly link provided in your course. Otherwise, email professor directly.

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.