Jessica Marroquín

PhD Candidate
New Cabell Hall 458


  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (Defense Date: April 27, 2020)
  • Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies (May 2020)
  • M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia (2015)
  • B.A., Modern Languages and Literatures, Kenyon College (2012); Minor in Anthropology

Research Interests:

  • 20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature
  • Feminist and Gender Studies
  • Contemporary Latin American Women Writers
  • Death Studies
  • Latinx Studies
  • Mexico


  • “La Santa and la Catrina: Postmodern Avatars?,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Presenter, Boston, MA, upcoming, March 5-8, 2020
  • “Aesthetics Embodied: The Emergence of la Santa Muerte in the Catholic Public,” Association of Spanish Professionals in America ALDEEU, Panel Chair, Valencia, Spain, June 16-18, 2019
  • "Machos in The Sinaloa Cartel: The (Re)Presentation of Narcos in Clandestino,” Latin American Studies Association, Barcelona, Spain, May 23 – 26, 2018

Print and Digital Publications:

  • “Bel/la y S/Z: la reformulación de Honoré de Balzac en ‘Cuarta versión’ (1982) de Luisa Valenzuela,” Bulletin  of Hispanic Studies. Forthcoming.  
  • “Homenaje, violencia y memoria en Las putas de San Julián,” chapter in The 40th Anniversary of the University of Virginia’s Spanish Theater Group. 2,803 words. Accepted for publication November 2, 2019. Forthcoming.
  • “The Santa Muerte: A Rebellious Folk Saint?”, Podcast Episode, Religion, Race, and Democracy Lab (RRD) Sacred and Profane, to be aired Spring 2020. Will be available on iTunes and


  • Texts and Interpretation SPAN 3300 (Fall 2018)
  • Grammar and Composition I SPAN 3010 (Spring 2018-Fall 2017)
  • Summer Session Intermediate to Advanced Spanish SPAN 2010-2020, Valencia, Spain (Summer 2015)
  • Summer Session Intermediate to Advanced Spanish SPAN 2010-2020 (Summer 2014)
  • January Term Intermediate Spanish SPAN 2010 (January 2020)
  • Intermediate Spanish SPAN 2010 (Fall 2013, Fall 2015-Spring 2015, Spring 2020)
  • Beginner Spanish SPAN 1010 and SPAN 1020 (Spring 2014-Fall 2014)
  • High School Teacher, 10th-12th grades, International American School of Cancún (Fall 2012-Spring 2013)

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships:

  • Scholar’s Lab, Digital Humanities Fellowship, Scholars’s Lab UVA, Summer 2020
  • Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation, Research Grant, UVA, Spring 2020
  • Centro de Las Américas, Fellowship, UVA, Fall 2019 – Spring 2020
  • Jefferson Scholars Foundation, Research Grant, Fall 2019
  • Religion, Race, and Democracy Lab, Research Grant, UVA, Spring 2019; Fall 2019
  • Nominee, All University Graduate Teaching Award, UVA, Spring 2018
  • Charles Gordon Reid Jr. Fellowship, Dept. of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, UVA, Summer 2018
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Grant, School of Arts and Sciences, UVA, Summer 2018
  • Distinction in Senior Thesis, Kenyon College, Spring 2012