Sarah M West
Assistant Professor of Spanish
World Languages and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-4755
Literary and Cultural Analysis, Literary Historiography, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Latin American Literatures and Cultures, The Caste Wars of Mexican Southeast, Contemporary Mayan Literature
Courses Taught
SPAN 416 Latin American Avant Gardes
SPAN 380 Literary Criticism
SPAN 225 Composition I
Research Interests
Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Yucatan Studies, Mayan Studies, Latin American Race Wars, Gender & Race Studies, New Historicism, Political Economy, Psychoanalysis, Marxism, Critical Theory and Philosophy

Ph.D. Spanish.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 2016
M.A. Spanish.  Ohio University, Athens, OH 2007
B.A. Spanish, Ohio University, Athens, OH 2005

Selected Publications

Book Chapters:

"A Neoliberal Love Spell: Race, Tourism and the Yucatan Peninsula and an

Analysis of Televisa’s Sortilegio." In Mobilized Identities: Mediated Subjectivity and Cultural Crisis in the Neoliberal Era. Ed. Cameron McCarthy. Champaign, IL: Common Grounds Publishing, 2014

Peer-Reviewed Articles:
“Yucateco Pirate Novels and the Discourses of the Mayan Rebel in the Nineteenth-Century Creole Imaginary.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Washington University, St. Louis. Forthcoming. 

Manuscripts--In Preparation:
“Nombrar(se) para ser. Aproximaciones al concepto de raza e identidad en Un hereje y un musulmán (1867) de José Pascual Almazán.” Article in Progress.

The Caste War Narratives: Race, Economy, and Literature in Yucatán and Chiapas, 1841-1958. Book Manuscript Proposal in Progress.

Selected Performances


“History and Uprising in the Yucatán Peninsula.” The Royal Ontario Museum: ROM Summer Club. Skype. 13 July 2015. Invited Speaker.



“Mayanism, Caste War and the Mexican Revolution: The Shifting Discourses of Race

in the Literatures of Early Twentieth-Century Yucatán.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. Nashville, Tennessee. March 8-11, 2018.

“Toward a Literary History of Mexico’s Henequen Culture.” Latin American Studies Association Conference. Lima, Perú. April 29th-May 1st, 2017.

“Of Savages and Royalty: The Rhetoric of Mayanness in Yucatán’s Nineteenth-Century Literary Register.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. March 23-26, 2017.


2018-               Assistant Professor, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois

2017-2018      Visiting Instructor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington

2010-2017      Graduate Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

2009-2010     Adjunct Professor, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

2007-2009     Instructor, Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, Mérida, Yucatán, México
                          Colegio de Negocios Internacionales, Mérida, Yucatán, México
                          Study Abroad Instructor, Ohio University, Mérida, Yucatán, México

2005-2007     Teaching Assistant, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

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