About the Director
Dr. Solimar Otero
Solimar Otero is Associate Professor of English and a Folklorist at Louisiana State University. She is the director of LSU’s Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies, and the director of the Ogden Honor’s College Summer Study Abroad Program in Cuba. She received her PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Her research centers on gender, sexuality, Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and Yoruba traditional religion in folklore, literature, and ethnography. She is the author of Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World, (University of Rochester Press, 2010). She is also the co-editor of Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas (SUNY Press 2013), which was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Albert J. Raboteau book prize. Dr. Otero is the recipient of a Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund grant (2013); a fellowship at the Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program, (2009 to 2010); and a Fulbright award (2001). She is currently working on a book, Ritual Sensibilities: Gender, Cultural Practice, and Caribbean Spirituality is about the relationship between ritual, gender, and cultural practice in Caribbean folklore. Her work has also appeared in The Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore, Africa Today, The Black Scholar, Atlantic Studies, Phoebe, and The American Journal of Psychoanalysis.
The LSU Program in Comparative Literature provides a vibrant, collaborative space for students and faculty to explore transnational and interdisciplinary research in literary, cultural, and artistic traditions. Through scholarship, teaching, and community engagement, the program establishes and maintains relationships with a number of local, national, and international entities. Mutual exchange is a core value that fosters the program’s dynamic scholarly atmosphere. The interdepartmental nature of the program creates an opportunity for dialogue and research that enhances LSU’s linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary diversity. In addition to an excellent grounding in multiple areas of literary study, the program envisions expanding the geographical and cultural scope of student and faculty projects.