• Maria Fernanda Diaz-Basteris

    Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Díaz-Basteris is currently a visiting Assistant Professor in the Modern Languages Department at Cornell College. She received a Ph.D. in Latin American Literatures and Cultures with a dual emphasis in Latinx and Caribbean Visual Cultures from the University of California, Davis (2019). Dr. Díaz-Basteris is an interdisciplinary scholar. Her work analyzes representations of self-identified Latinx and Caribbean artists and communities in the US. Díaz-Basteris is committed to teaching courses in Ethnic Studies, Latinx Studies, twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American literature, and Caribbean Cultural Productions. Her current research is looking at visual representations of topics, such as the undocumented American life experience, the social-political crisis of disasters’ aftermath, and the communal digital storytelling of forced displacement. Her teaching experience is supplemented by presentations and public lectures at national and international venues.

Link to Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Fernanda Díaz-Basteris

Academic History

  • Ph.D. in Latin American Literatures and Cultures, University of California - Davis, 2019. 
  • MA in Spanish Language and Literature, University of Cincinnati, 2013. 
  • B.A. in Latin American Literatures, with Honors, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, 2010.


Journal Articles

Traumatic Displacement in Puerto Rican Digital Graphic Narratives

Webcomics, huracanes y colonialismo en Puerto Rico

“Ventajas de viajar en tren: la incertidumbre de una voz múltiple.” Homenaje a Luis Rafael Sánchez: más allá de las palabras. CUADRIVIUM. Journal of the Spanish Department of the University of Puerto Rico. Vol. 16. No. 10. Spring 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“La violencia como deje central en dos cuentos de Oscar Collazos.” La Colmena, Journal of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM). Vol.78. Spring 2013, Mexico City. 

“¿Afiliación o independencia? Felices días tíos Sergio, una batalla literaria contra el olvido.” Ciencia Ergo Sum, Journal of the University of the State of Mexico. Vol. 20. Summer, 2013, Mexico City. 

“Viaje narrativo en La guagua aérea de Luis Rafael Sánchez: propuesta identitaria ante la asimilación estadounidense”. Vol. 31, No. 2, Temas Antropológicos. Journal of the Autonomous University of Yucatán. Fall 2009, Merida, Yucatan. 

Creative writing

Piedra Caliza

Courses Taught

  • Beginning Spanish I, II, III
  • Decolonizing Comics: Latinx Graphic Narratives in the US
  • Caribbean Female Writers
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Spanish Composition
  • California and Latin America
  • Introducción al análisis textual y la lectura crítica


  • Comics Studies Society (CSS) 
  • International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA)
  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
  • American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)
  • Caribbean Studies Association (CSA).


September 2020 - Pro Scholar Round Table. SOL-CON: The Brown, Black, and Indigenous Comix Expo at Ohio State. 
January 2020 - "Comics and Natural Disasters" The Earth Science Colloquium at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. 
October 2019 - “Puerto Rican Comics, Disaster and Colonialis" HAIG Presentation, Cornell College. 
May 2019 - "Conferencia Ilustrada: Narrativa gráfica: arte independiente, memoria histórica y pedagogía” Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico.