Laura Barrio-Vilar, Ph.D.

Laura Barrio-Vilar, PhD

 Associate Professor

Educational Background

  • 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

  • Migration Literature
  • 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

Honors and Awards

  • Student Advocate Award, UA Little Rock (May 2020)
  • 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)