Nhora Serrano, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative LIterature, Hamilton College

Nhora Lucía Serrano, who is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College, earned her masters from New York University and Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, she was a Visiting Scholar of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. As a Visual Studies scholar, her research and teaching interests include: Comparative Latin American & Transatlantic Studies, Comparative Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Museum & Gender Studies, and Editorial Cartoons & Comics.

“Arresting Andean Images: Guaman Poma & Visual Editorialization” is Serrano’s current DHi project that centers on complex interdisciplinary humanities questions in the domain of Visual Studies and Colonial Latin America. “Arresting Andean Images” focuses on Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala's illustrated chronicle “Nueva Corónica y Buen Gobierno” (1600-1615) that contains 398 full-page drawings and was addressed to King Philip III of Spain, and which was discovered in the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen in 1908.
Serrano is also a 2014 recipient of a “Smithsonian National Postal Museum and Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition Scholarship” for her work on the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair Commemorative Stamps and First Souvenir Postal Cards. She serves as an Executive Member of the MLA Forum on Comics and Graphic Narratives as well as an Elected Board Member and Treasurer of the newly founded Comics Studies Society. She is the co-editor of Curious Collectors, Collected Curiosities: An Interdisciplinary Study (2011), in which her article “‘Very Rare, Fragile, and Priceless’: Transforming Leonardo da Vinci From Collector to Curiosity” also appears. Her forthcoming anthology on Immigrants and Comics (2018) will be from Routledge.  She is currently finishing her monograph on Latin American artist Remedios Varo, Arachne Entwined: The Transatlantic Visuality & Feminism of Remedios Varo. She has published extensively on visual studies, medieval and renaissance studies, and Latin America, and some of her publications include “Grande Exhibitions’ Traveling Museum: A Modern Cabinet of Curiosity” (2011) in Museological Review, “Critical Approaches to the Curator: “The Illuminated Guide and the Medieval Curator” (2011) in Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, and “LACMA’s Gambit: In Wonderland’s Surrealist Women” in X-Tra Contemporary Art Quarterly (Winter 2012), “Visual Frames and Breaking the Rules of the Reconquista” in Playthings in Early Modernity (Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University 2017), “Illuminating Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red and The Museum of Innocence” in MLA Approaches to Teaching Orhan Pamuk (2017), and “(Un)Tangling Arachne and the Latina Storyteller: Remedios Varo and Nancy Bird-Soto” in Gendering XXI: New Trends in Latina and Hispanic Caribbean Literatures in the 21st Century (Puerto Rico: Editorial Tiempo Nuevo, Forthcoming 2018).