Omaris Zunilda Zamora

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2628
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora is a transnational Black Dominican Studies scholar. Her research interests include: Black and Latino Studies, transnational Hispanic Caribbean cultural production as they relate to race, gender, and sexuality. Her current book project engages the theoretical formation of AfroLatina feminist epistemologies through an analysis of transnational Dominican women’s narratives in literature and performance. Zamora has presented her research at many conferences, lectures, and roundtables. As a spoken-word poet she fuses her poetry with her scholarly work as a way of contributing to a new black poetic theory of scholarship and literary criticism.

Education

Ph.D., Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, University of Texas at Austin

M.A., African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin

B.A., Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago

Teaching

My teaching philosophy is invested in creating a student-centered learning environment through discussion and engaged interactive learning. Through my teaching I always hope to motivate students to question their interpolators as well as to be critical of what arguments are being made and how. Teaching literature from an interdisciplinary lens allows students to learn how to do literary analysis and develop skills for recognizing the rhetoric and discourse of foundational theories that have become central to the ways that we think through and engage with race, class, gender, and sexuality. In creating a student- centered learning environment I hope students will recognize their own positionality and become critically responsible participants in their society. I believe that through studying literature and culture students are able to develop their analytical skills for becoming critical scholars and actors in the university’s intellectual community. As an AfroLatina and AfroDominican scholar I want my students to challenge essentialist notions of Blackness and Latinidad through an intersectional afro-diasporic framework that calls for us to recognize the fluidity of blackness. I hope to motivate students to challenge themselves to think outside the box and critically engage with the texts and contexts they are presented with. In this same vein, I look forward to mentoring and supporting them throughout their academic journey and beyond.

Teaching Interests

  • 20th - 21st century Hispanic Caribbean cultural production, performance studies, Race, gender, and sexuality in Latinx diasporas, Afro-Latino Literatures, Critical Race Theory
  • Hispanic Caribbean Transnational Migrations
  • Dominican cultural production

Research

My manuscript takes a critical, new perspective to the intersectional study of race, gender, and sexuality by highlighting the ways in which AfroLatina women embody, perform, and theorize their experiences. AfroLatina women’s experiences and knowledge-production are underrepresented within women of color feminisms. Their experiences challenge us to reconceptualize how we think about the category of woman and the fluidity of gender and sexuality from an Afro-diasporic framework that considers the effects of migration, patriarchy, and class oppression. The development of an AfroLatina feminist thought pushes Black and Latina or Chicana feminisms to engage with the African diaspora.

Research Interests

  • 20th - 21st century Hispanic Caribbean
  • Race, gender, and sexuality
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Hispanic Caribbean Transnational Migration
  • Dominican Studies

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