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Professor Hernández Salván joined UCR in 2007 from the University of Maine at Farmington where she held an appointment in the Department of Humanities. She completed her Ph.D. at Duke University in 2006, with training in Latin American Studies.
She works on contemporary Caribbean cultural production; other interests include postmarxism, psychoanalysis, critical theory and film. Her research focuses on the ideological and emotional trauma created after the withering of the socialist utopia in Cuba. Her book Minima Cuba: Heretical Poetics and Power in Post-Soviet Cuba (under contract with SUNY Press) studies the work of postrevolutionary poets and essayists Antonio José Ponte, Rolando Sánchez Mejías and Iván de la Nuez among others. The book explores the exhaustion of the allegorical and melancholic rhetoric of the Cuban Revolution, and the poetics of irony developed in the current biopolitical era. She is currently working on a new project entitled “Caribbean Crossings” dealing with violence and antihatianism in the Spanish Caribbean, and the spectral legacy of the Haitian Revolution.