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Sharina Maillo Pozo

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Assistant Professor of Spanish/Latinx Studies

 I specialize in Latinx and Caribbean literature and culture, with special attention to the cultural production of the Dominican Republic and its diaspora in the United States. Some of my research papers and reviews have appeared in edited volumes, and mid-high tier academic journals, Ciberletras, Centro Journal, The Black Scholar, Chasqui. Revista de literatura latinoamericana, Small Axe, and Cuadernos de literatura (forthcoming). I was the 2016-2017 Dominican Studies Fellow. 

My single-authored book, Bridging Borderlands. Popular Music in Contemporary Dominican/Dominican-York Literature and Performance (1990-2020) is currently under contract with UT Press and forthcoming in Spring 2025. The co-edited Volume, Embodiment and Representations of Beauty co-edited with Dr. Esther Hernández-Medina is forthcoming in summer-fall 2024 in Advances for Gender Research. 

I am working in two additional book projects: 

Through the Eyes of Dominicanyork and Nuyorican YouthComing of Age Afro-Latinx in New York City 1970-2024. (Beginning stages)

Tracing the Legacy of Camila Henríquez Ureña through Translation and Beyond with Dr. Annee Roschelle

For recent media appearances regarding my research on Camila Henríquez Ureña, please visit the following sites:


2023 “Y tú, ¿qué dices?” Acento TV (Dominican Republic): “Zaida Capote y Sharina Maillo valoran y 

resaltan calidad intelectual de Camila Henríquez Ureña

La Nota. Podcast Informativo de SEMlac (Cuba): “Camila Henríquez Ureña, su dimensión feminista


Research Interests:

My research interests are interdisciplinary with a common focus on the relationship between literature and popular music, gender, and performance studies in three closely related areas: Latinx, Latin American & Caribbean, and Dominican Studies. My first line of research examines the presence of popular music in contemporary Latinx and Caribbean literature and performance with a special focus on Dominican/Dominican-York cultural production. My second line of research explores the marginalization of Latinas in U.S. intellectual history.




Selected Grants and Fellowships

2023-2024         Willson Center Distinguished Artist Grant 

2023                  Faculty of Color Working Group Symposium. 
                          Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

2022-2023        Willson Center Distinguished Artist Grant 

2022-2023        Teaching Academy Fellowship

2022                  Willson Center Distinguished Artist Grant

2022                  Department of Romance Languages Grant

2022                  Pilot workshop “Reflections on Race” 

2022                  Caribbean Studies Initiative Research Support 

2021                 Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award 

2020-2021        Willson Center Fellowship     

2019-2021        Lilly Teaching Fellowship    

2019                 Willson Center Department-Invited Artist
2019                Travel Ambassador Award  

2019                Caribbean Studies Initiative                                           

2016-2017       Dominican Studies Institute Fellow

Selected Publications:

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Of note:

I am a Dominicanyork, Caribeña, Latina in Academia who is very committed to empowering women of color in academic and artistic spaces. Review on my recent talk on Women of Color in academia was featured in The New Paltz Oracle

I have served as Modern Languages Assembly Delegate (2015-2018) and I was recently elected as secretary/treasurer for the Latino Studies section of the Latin American Studies Association “LASA” (2018-2020).

As part of the  Latinx Heritage Month celebration, I was featured inThe Red and Black:


Ph.D. The Graduate Center-City University of New York August 2014 Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages. 

M.Phil. The Graduate Center-City University of New York August 2010 Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Literatures and Languages

M.A. Lehman College-City University of New York May 2007 Master’s of Arts

Spanish Literature B.A. Lehman College-City University of New York May 2004 Bachelor of Arts, Majors in Spanish Literature and Psychology

More of My Students

Instructor of Spanish
PhD Student, Latinx Studies
PhD Candidate, Hispanic Studies

My Graduate Students


Racheal Fulford

Instructor of Spanish
Phd Candidate

Timeko McFadden

PhD Candidate, Hispanic Studies

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