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Giovanna Montenegro

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Languages; Director of LACAS

Comparative Literature; Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program


Professor Giovanna Montenegro's interests primarily focus on colonialism in Latin America and the Caribbean which draw on her interdisciplinary interests in German Studies, Cartography, Ecocriticism and Visual Culture. She has also published on the transatlantic Avant-Garde.

Her book German Conquistadors in Venezuela:  The Welsers’ Colony, Racialized Capitalism, and Cultural Memory is forthcoming from University of Notre Dame Press (December 2022). She is currently working on a second book project on the Guianas.

Her research has been supported by a number of external fellowships including Fulbright, the Newberry Library, the Herzog August Bibliothek, the Omohundro Institute, and the American Association of University Women. In 2019 she received the Latin American Studies Association-Venezuela Section- Best Article- Humanities prize for “The Welser Phantom”: Apparitions of the Welser Venezuela Colony in Nineteenth and Twentieth-century German Cultural Memory.”

At Binghamton, she teaches courses including Colonization and Genocide; Enlightenment and Empire; The Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean; Travel and Exploration; Intro to World Literature; Specters of War and Colonialism.  Previously as Assistant Professor she also taught the following for the Spanish program: Grammar; Advanced Reading and Interpretation; Cultura de España y América Latina; España Contemporanea; and Perspectivas de la naturaleza en España y Latinoamérica colonial. In 2016 and 2017 Professor Montenegro also led a service-learning study abroad course in Cuzco, Peru.


  • PhD, University of California, Davis

Research Interests

  • Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Environment
  • Material and Visual Culture
  • Cartography
  • Indigenous and Maroon Studies
  • Public Humanities
  • Digital Humanities

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