Associate Professor
Office: HMNSS 2420

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. Duke University (2006)
  • M.A. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1997)
  • B.A. Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1994)


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 first project focused 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 (SUNY Press, 2015) 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 dealing with the ideological disawoval of postmarxism during the first decade of the Cuban revolution. The project looks at the repressed dialogues with the global utopian movements of the sixties, and the missed opportunities to imagine a different revolution for Cuba.

Professor Hernández Salván welcomes graduate applicants in all fields of modern Caribbean and Latin American literature and culture, from the 19th century to the present. Transnational approaches between center and peripheries, and across national boundaries are favored. Current topics of interest include: poetics and politics; revolution and violence; maudit poets and representations of madness; legacies of the Haitian revolution in the Hispanic Caribbean; antihaitianism in Hispanic Caribbean; exile and language.