Dr. Vigil conducts research and teaching on contemporary Latina/o cultural production, militarization, and transnational activism.
Her book, War Echoes: Gender and Militarization in U.S. Latina/o Cultural Production, was recently published by Rutgers University Press (July 2014). War Echoes that examines U.S. Latina/o responses to military intervention in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Iraq. The work 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, War Echoes 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.
Other publications include:
"The Divine Husband and the Creation of a Transamericana Subject" in Latino Studies (Summer 2013)
“Transnational Community in Demetria Martínez's Mother Tongue,” 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 vegetarianism 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 research interests include gender and transnationalism, Central American-American Studies, Jewish Latina/o studies, art and activism, and the relationship between transnational violence, nation-state formation, and sexuality. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the role and representation of mass media in U.S. Latina/o literature.
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: