Associate Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures and Director of Latin American Studies Program

Originally graduated at the Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia, Prof. Celis received her Ph D from Rutgers University, where she specialized in Literature and Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research explores bodies, and practices of “corporeal consciousness” in Caribbean literature and popular culture. Her publications range from articles on Hispanic Caribbean writers such as Rosario Ferré, Marvel Moreno, Fanny Buitrago, and Gabriel García Márquez, to essays on dance and performance. Celis is co-editor of Mayra Santos-Febres y el Caribe contemporáneo (San Juan: Isla Negra, 2011), and the author of La rebelión de las niñas: El Caribe y la “conciencia corporal” (Madrid/Frankfurt, Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2015), winner of a Nicolás Guillén Award by the Caribbean Philosophical Association, an Honorable Mention of the Premio Iberoamericano by LASA, and the Premio Montserrat Ordóñez by LASA’s Colombia section. Her new book-project, tentatively titled Sobre “realismo íntimo”: Género, amor y poder en Gabriel García Márquez was awarded a residential fellowship by the Harry Ransom Center (UT Austin).

Research and Teaching Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century Latin American, Hispanic Caribbean and Latinx Literature

  • Latin American, Latina and Caribbean Women’s Writing

  • Caribbean Studies

  • Feminist Theories and Criticism

  • Bodies, Sexuality and Subjectivity
  • Cultural Studies

  • Postcolonial Theories

  • Literature and Culture of Colombia 
Nadia V. Celis

Teaching and Community Involvement

Personal website

A Body of One’s Own: Conversations with Caribbean and Latina Writers


  • BA Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia. Programa de Lingüística y Literatura (2000)
  • MA Rutgers University. Department of Spanish and Portuguese (2004)
  • Graduate Certificate. Rutgers University. Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (2007)
  • PhD Rutgers University. Department of Spanish and Portuguese (2007)