Laura Barrio-Vilar, PhD
- Office: Stabler Hall 501-W
- Phone: (501) 569-3161
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D., University of Kentucky (2011)
- M.A., University of Kentucky (2001)
- B.A., Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (1998)
Areas of Focus
African American Literature, Caribbean Literature, Ethnic Literatures, Postcolonial Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies
- Book review of Imitation Nation: Red, White, and Blackface in Early and Antebellum U.S. Literature, by Jason Richards. Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 36, no. 1, 2019, pp. 153-55.
- “Transformando a Universidade e a Sociedade coa Aprendizaxe a través do Voluntariado,” V Xornada Universitaria Galega en Xénero: Transformando dende a Universidade, Vigo, 7 July 2017, edited by Anabel González Penín, Eva Aguayo Lorenzo, Ana Jesús López Díaz, Universidade de Vigo, Servizo de Publicacións, pp. 83-92.
- “’Everything remains the same and yet nothing is the same’: Neocolonialism in the Caribbean Diaspora through the Language of Family and Servitude.” Journal of International Women’s Studies, Special Issue: Toward Caribbeanness 17.3 (June 2016): 102-116.
- “’All o’ we is one’: Citizenship, Migration, and Black Nationalism in the Postcolonial Era.” Callaloo 37.1 (Winter 2014): 89-111.
- “(In)visibility, Trauma, and Memory in the Black Hispanic Experience: Black Female Bodies in Loida Maritza Pérez’s Geographies of Home.” Op. Cit.: Revista del Centro de Investigaciones Históricas 20 (2011-2012): 289-316.
- “Romancing the Caribbean: Tourism, Neocolonialism, and Intra-Racial Dislocations in the African Diaspora.” Caribbean InTransit 2.3 (Fall 2012): 23-37.
- “Racial Uplift Ideology and Black Womanhood in Frances Harper’s Serialized Novels.” Popular Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Literary Marketplace. Eds. Earl Yarington and Mary De Jong. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2007. 405-31.
- “Getting a Taste of the Other: The Eighteenth-Century British Novel as the Epitome of Masquerade.” Cultura, Lenguaje y Representación / Culture, Language and Representation 1 (May 2004): 55-67.
- “Narrating the African Self in the Late Eighteenth Century: Issues of Voice, Authority, and Identity in Gronniosaw’s 1770 Narrative.” Journal of Kentucky Studies 20 (September 2003): 117-22.
- “Narrating the Slave Self in the Americas: Issues of Authority, Voice, and Identity in Cuban Narratives of Slavery.” Journal of Caribbean Studies 17.1-2 (Summer-Fall 2002): 33-50.
Courses Taught at UALR
- Black Protest Literature
- Black Crime and Literature
- Literature and Social Justice (service-learning course)
- Studies in Major American Writers: Toni Morrison
- Postcolonial Literature
- Narratives of Slavery (service-learning course)
- African American Literature II
- African American Literature I
- Women in Literature (service-learning course)
- African American Women’s Activism and Literature (service-learning course)
- Approaches to Literature
- World Literature
- Arab Women Writers (Honors tutorial)
- Native American Literature (Honors tutorial)
- Feminism in Literature (Independent study)
Selected Professional Activities on Campus
- Co-Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence.
- Faculty senator
- Member of the Safe Zone Committee
- Affiliated faculty member of the Gender Studies Program
- Associate faculty member of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity
Honors and Awards
- Scientific Teaching Fellow Certificate 2019-2020 in recognition of demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education, Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching (Summer 2019)
- “Awesome Ally to LGBTQ students” recognition by The Alliance (May 2018)
- Faculty Excellence Award in Public Service, College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences (2017)
- Graduation and Retention Advocate Award (2014 and 2015)
- ATLE New Faculty Teaching Commendation (2013)
- ATLE Professional Development Certificate (2013)
- ATLE Summer Teaching Institute (2012)
- CAHSS Summer Research Grant (2011-2012)