New Faculty: Liliana Colanzi

Liliana Colanzi

Assistant Professor, Romance Studies

Academic focus: 
Popular genres in modern and contemporary Latin American literature (science fiction, horror, the fantastic) 

Current research project: 
Co-editing the volume “Horror and the Supernatural in Latin America,” to be published in 2022 by Hispanic Issues. Researching on nuclear energy in Brazil and Bolivia for the book of short stories I’m writing.  

Previous positions:

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University, 2020-2021 
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University, 2017-2020 

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Comparative literature, Cornell University, 2017
  • M.Phil., Latin American studies, Cambridge University, 2007
  • B.A., Communications, Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 2003 

Last book read: 
“To Shoot Hard Labor. The Life and Times of Samuel Smith, an Antiguan workingman, 1877-1982” by Sir Keithlyn Smith 

In your own time/when not working: 
I enjoy hiking, watching horror films, and playing with my cats. 

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching: 
A graduate seminar on speculative fiction in Latin America. 

What most excites you about Cornell: 
The freedom I have to design courses and explore new research projects. The impressive talent of the undergraduate and graduate student I encounter every semester in my classes.  

Twitter handle/blog url:
@lilianacolanzi 

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