Dr. Carolina Alonso

Dr. Carolina Alonso
Associate Professor of Borders & Languages and Gender & Sexuality Studies, Chair of Sociology & Human Services

Areas of expertise

  • U.S. Latina/o Literature
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Women's and Gender studies
  • Spanish for Second Language Learners 
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers


  • Ph.D., in Spanish, with subspecialties in US Latino/a and Latin American Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Houston, 2016
  • Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, University of Houston, 2014
  • M.A., Spanish Latin American Literature, University of Texas-Pan American, 2009
  • B.A., Spanish, University of Texas-Pan American, 2007


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About Dr. Carolina Alonso

Dr. Carolina Alonso is an associate professor of Borders & Languages and Gender & Sexuality Studies and chair of Sociology & Human Services at Fort Lewis College. Dr. Alonso's research interests include US Latinx Literature, Latin American Literature, gender and sexuality studies, and queer theory. She is working on a book manuscript about exiles in Chicanx Queer Literature. She has published the following articles:
Upcoming. "The Coming-of-Age Experience in Chicanx Queer Novels." Nerds, Goths, Geeks, and Freaks: Outsiders in Chican@/Latin@ Young Adult Fiction, edited by Trevor Boffone and Cristina Herrera, University Press of Mississippi, 2019.

Upcoming. "Teaching Queer Chicana Writers through Historical Research, Online Blogs, and Podcasts." Options for Teaching Series: Teaching the Narrative of Mexicana and Chicana Writers, edited by Elizabeth Martínez, The Modern Language Association of America, 2019.

"Abriendo caminos con las huellas del pasado: El Proyecto de Recuperación de la Herencia Literaria Hispana de los Estados Unidos." Plaza: Dialogues in Language and Literature [Online], 2.2 (2012): 105-112. 
To read more about Dr. Alonso's research, conference presentations, pedagogy, editorial, and translation experience, as well as her service and activism, visit her website.

In the news

Five faculty members traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, to experience firsthand what life is like among the "migrant caravan" seeking refuge in the United States, a trip that affected them all professionally and personally. [3/20/19]