About the Director
Dr. Solimar Otero
Solimar Otero is the Director of the LSU Program in Comparative Literature, Associate Professor of English, Director of LSU’s Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies, and a Folklorist at Louisiana State University. 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. Her most recent book project, Archives of Conjure: Afrolatinx Residual Transcriptions of the Dead, will be published by Columbia University Press in 2020. She and Mintzi Martínez-Rivera are the co-editors of Critical Folkloristics: Critical and Ethical Approaches for the 21st Century, which is under contract for publication by Indiana University Press. 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). Her work has also appeared in Southern Quarterly, Transforming Anthropology, 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.