Dr. Vigil received her PhD in English from Cornell University in 2008. Her research focuses on Latina/o cultural production, transnational activism, and state-backed violence in the Americas. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Ni Aquí Ni Allá: Military Intervention, Domestic Violence and Latina/o Literature (1979 — 2005) that examines U.S. Latina/o responses to military intervention in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Iraq. Ni Aquí Ni Allá joins an explicit critique of U.S. imperialism with a U.S.-specific exploration of the role and function of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, language, and citizenship in order to understand and underscore the importance of identity in the articulation and deployment of transnational identities and organizations. While war narratives typically consider only the writings and experiences of combat veterans, this project offers a more complex portrayal of what we term “war” and is essential to understanding and appreciating the various ways in which late 20th century and early 21st century Latina/o literatures take up issues of violence. This book is uniquely situated on the border between American and Latin American studies and strives to enact a transnational feminist praxis in its incorporation of the voices of subjects located both within and without the U.S. nation-state and in its attention to the work of both authors and activists.
Dr. Vigil’s article “Transnational Community in Demetria Martínez's Mother Tongue,” appeared in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 10: 1 (2010): 54 — 76. You can download the article here: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/83/. She has also published personal essays on the Iraq war and feminism and vegetariansism in Speaking desde las Heridas: Testimonios transfronterizos/ Transborder testimonios through Cyberspace (11 de septiembre de 2001 - 11 de marzo de 2007), and Beyond Burning Bras: Feminist Activism for Everyone, respectively.
Dr. Vigil's other research interests include gender and transnationalism, Jewish Latina/o studies, art and activism, and the relationship between transnational violence, nation-state formation, and sexuality. She teaches courses that explore violence, immigration, and identity in Latina/o literature.
Dr. Vigil is an affiliate of the Program in Latina/o Studies: