Ariana Elizabeth Vigil
206 Smith Bldg
CB #3135
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Associate Professor

Dr. Vigil conducts research and teaching in the field Latina/o literature, focusing on issues of activism, transnationalism, and gender and sexuality. Other areas of interest include: Central American-American Studies and Jewish Latina/o studies.  She is currently working on two book projects. The first, Understanding Francisco Goldman is an in-depth look at the major works by one of the leading U.S. Latino novelists. The second project, Public Negotiations: Gender and Journalism in U.S. Latina/o Literature, examines the role and representation of mass media in contemporary U.S. Latina/o literature.

Dr. Vigil is the author of two books.  War Echoes: Gender and Militarization in U.S. Latina/o Cultural Production, published by Rutgers University Press (2014) 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.,5252.aspx

She also recently published Understanding Francisco Goldman (University of South Carolina Press, 2018). In this first book-length study of Goldman’s life and work Vigil draws connections between the writer’s life and work and demonstrates the appreciation he deserves for his influence, diversity, and breadth. Through his thoughtful, intellectual, transnational writing, Goldman expands the definition of what it means to be American.

A third monograph, Public Negotiations: Gender and Journalism in Latina/o Literature is currently in production with The Ohio State University Press.

Other recent publications include:

“Heterosexualization and the State: The Poetry of Gloria Anzaldúa,” published in Chicana/Latina Studies. vol. 16, no. 1; Fall 2016.

“Media and Activism in Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints,” published in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies. vol 41, no. 1; Spring 2016, 85-113.

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.

These articles can be downloaded from her personal website:

Courses regularly taught:

WMST 233: Introduction to Latina Feminist Literature

WMST 465: Gender, (Im)migration and Labor in U.S. Latina/o Literature

WMST 790: Graduate Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies


Dr. Vigil is an affiliate of the Program in Latina/o Studies:

She is also the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies: