Emily Celeste Vázquez Enríquez


Position Title
Assistant Professor of Spanish

602 Sproul Hall
Office Hours
W23: Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 & by appointment

My current book project, Border Biomes: Ecological Imaginaries of American Migration Trails puts into dialogue the fields of border and migration studies with the environmental humanities. This manuscript examines how 20th and 21st-century Mexican, Mexican American, Chicanx, and Indigenous literature and art depict dynamic, unstable geographies that defy common notions of fixed, inanimate borders and become sites of encounters where ontological limits are questioned. With a focus on the Guatemala-Mexico and the Mexico-United States borderlands, this manuscript thinks through border forests, rivers, and deserts to argue that they are key figures that challenge rigid categorizations of territorial boundaries, memorialize and expose the intense entanglement of human and nonhuman entities against the backdrop of border demarcations, and defy and reimagine normative ways of coexistence with nonhuman worlds.

Education and Degree(s)
  • Cornell University, Ph.D.
Honors and Awards
  • 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.
  • 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: Bodies of Extraction: Crip Ecologies and Otherness in Mexican Narratives 
  • SPA 232: Latinx Speculative Fiction and the Planet
Research Interests & Expertise
  • 20th/21st-Century Mexican, Central American, and Latinx Literatures and Cultures
  • Environmental Humanities: Animal Studies and Ecocriticism
  • Border and Migration Studies
  • Sound Studies
  • Visual Studies
  • Horror Studies
  • "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.
  • "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
  • 2022- 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