Emily Celeste Vázquez Enríquez


Position Title
Assistant Professor of Spanish

602 Sproul Hall

My current book project, Border Biomes: Ecological Imaginaries of American Migration Trails (under contract with Vanderbilt University Press), examines 20th and 21st-century Mexican, Mexican American, and Indigenous literature that engages with the ecological realities of geopolitical boundaries in Central and North America. This book puts into dialogue the fields of border and migration studies with ecocriticism, reframing the study of borders in the foreground of their multilayered ecologies. 

Education and Degree(s)
  • Cornell University, Ph.D.
Honors and Awards
  • Harold Jones Best Essay Award of 2023. Symposium Journal.
  • 2023: Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award. UC Davis Graduate Studies.
  • 2023-2024: Hellman Fellowship. UC Davis.
  • 2023-2024 Faculty Development Award. UC Davis Academic Affairs.
  • 2023: CRAFT 2.0 Award. UC Davis Provost's Office and Dean of the College of Letters and Science.
  • 2022-2023: National Endowment for the Humanities Planning Grant.
  • 2022-2023: Faculty Research Fellowship. UC Davis Humanities Institute.
  • 2021-2022: UC Humanities Research Institute Junior Faculty Workshop Grant. 
  • 2020- present: Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities (CAMPSSAH) Faculty Scholars Award. University of California, Davis. 
  • 2020-2021: First Generation Faculty Learning Communities. Center for Educational Effectiveness, UC Davis. 
  • 2018-2019: Grant for Doctoral Research in Sustainability and the Humanities. Cornell University, Society for the Humanities.
  • 2019: President’s Travel Fund for the Humanities Award. Cornell University, Society for the Humanities. 
  • 2018: Latina/o Studies Research Grant. Cornell University, Latina/o Studies Program. 
  • 2018: Mellon Urbanism Fellowship. Cornell University, Society for the Humanities.
  • 2017-2018: Mario Einaudi International Research Travel Award. Cornell University, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
  • 2017: Advanced Research in Migration Travel Award. Cornell University, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
  • 2016: International Agriculture and Rural Development Travel Award. Cornell University, International College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • 2015-2016: Sage Fellowship. Cornell University, Graduate School.
  • SPA 168: Intro to Latinx Studies 
  • SPA 155: Mexican Novel
  • SPA 167: Borders in the Hispanic World 
  • SPA 175: Mexican Culture
  • SPA 230: Ecologies of Borders and Migration 
  • SPA 279: Animlas and Plants in Mexican Literature
  • SPA 232: Latinx Speculative Fiction and the Planet
  • SPA 230: Animal Studies in Mexican and Central American Literature
Research Interests & Expertise
  • 20th/21st-Century Mexican, Central American, and Latinx Literatures and Cultures
  • Environmental Humanities: Animal Studies, Plant Studies, Posthumanism, and Ecocriticism
  • Border and Migration Studies
  • Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Horror Studies
  • Reimagining the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands through Contemporary Ecocritical Art. Forthcoming
  • Forecasting Extinction at the Guatemalan Border Forests: Two short stories from El mundo como flor y como invento by Mario Payeras. Symposium. Fall 2023.
  • Las mutaciones, de Jorge Comensal: una petroficción. Carátula. Winter 2023.
  • El horror del duelo infantil en Veneno para las hadas, de Carlos Enrique Taboada. iMex. Winter, 2023.
  • "Cherríe Moraga." Latino Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students. Eds. Christina Soto Van Der Plas and Lacie Rae Buckwalter. ABC-CLIO, 2023.
  • Planetariedad en El mal de la taiga de Cristina Rivera Garza. Romance Quarterly. Fall, 2022.
  • The Sounds of the Desert: Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli. Latin American Literary Review. Spring, 2021. 
  • Wet-nurses and migrant nanas in Mexico’s imaginary landscape. South of the Future: Speculative Biotechnologies and Care Markets in South Asia and Latin America. Eds. Anindita Banerjee and Debra Castillo. SUNY Press. 2020. 
  • Las tierras arrasadas, de Emiliano Monge: la frontera en movimiento. Mester. University of California, Los Angeles. 2019. 
  • Companion Species in Border Crossings: ‘Mediodía de frontera’ by Claudia Hernández. Ciberletras. Revista de crítica literaria y de cultura. Lehman College CUNY. 2019. 
Membership and Service
  • 2022-2028 LLC Mexican Forum Executive Committee of the MLA
  • 2023- present. Editorial Board Member of the Transnational Culture Series at Peter Lang
  • 2022- present. Editorial Board Member of the Latin American Literary Review  
  • 2021-2022: Graduate Studies Fellowship Review Committee, UC Davis 
  • 2021-2022: Committee on Foreign Languages, UC Davis
  • 2021-2022: Member of the Environmental Humanities Designated Emphasis Executive Committee, UC Davis 
  • 2021-2023: Representative to the Assembly of the Academic Senate, UC Davis
  • 2021-2023: Graduate Committee, Spanish and Portuguese Department, UC Davis 
  • 2020-2021: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Spanish and Portuguese Department, UC Davis 
  • 2020-2021: Undergraduate Committee, Spanish and Portuguese Department, UC Davis