Isis McElroy

Visiting Assistant Professor

Isis Costa McElroy was born in Belo Horizonte and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature at New York University, where she also received an MA in English Literature. Prof. McElroy has taught at Arizona State University where she founded and directed the Brazilian Studies Certificate Program.

Prof. McElroy is the co-author (with Eduardo Muslip) of Brasil: Ficciones de Argentinos and Passo da Guanxuma: Contactos culturales entre Brasil y Argentina. She was Guest-Editor (with Emanuelle Oliveira-Monte) of a special issue of the Afro-Hispanic Review on the Afro-Brazilian Diaspora. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Mnemonic Maps of the Afro-Brazilian Diaspora. This broaches the Portuguese colonization of Kongo/Yoruba Africa and Brazil with regard to how various historical narratives unfolded on both sides of the Atlantic while paying closer attention to the aftermath of pertinent colonial events in post-colonial Brazil.

Prof. McElroy’s teaching and research interests include: interdisciplinary approaches to Brazilian literature and culture (North American & Hispanic/ Anglophone Caribbean); Afro-Brazilian literature & orature; Afro-Diasporic sacred and secular manifestations in its various expressions (religious, philosophical, political, performative and artistic); and politics of identity, gender and race in the literatures of the Americas.

Prof. McElroy serves the profession through committees in several professional associations, including the Brazilian section of the Latin American Studies Association (2009-2012). She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Afro-Hispanic Review, Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World; Augus-a; Éditions Sans Chapeau and Revista Serafim.

Isis Costa McElroy is a poet/scholar/translator/performer. She will be joining OSU in the fall of 2015.

Areas of Expertise
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to Brazilian lit. and culture
  • Afro-Brazilian literature & orature
  • Afro-Diasporic sacred and secular manifestations
  • Identity, gender and race in the literatures of the Americas
  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, New York University
  • M.A., English, New York University

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