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Giovanna Montenegro

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

Comparative Literature; Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program


Professor Giovanna Montenegro's interests include interdisciplinary intersections between Latin American and German Studies as well as Visual Culture. She is particularly intrigued by colonial travel narratives and cartography. Montenegro also works on the twentieth-century transatlantic Avant-Garde. She wrote her dissertation on the German conquest of Venezuela, and her master's thesis on women's sexuality and the metropolis in the works of Teresa de la Parra and Irmgard Keun. Prior to joining the faculty at Binghamton, Dr. Montenegro worked as a Lecturer in the Department of German and the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis. In 2014 she participated in the NEH's Summer Seminar for College Teachers at the Newberry Library entitled "Mapping Nature in the Americas.” In 2017, Professor Montenegro received two short-term fellowships from the Newberry Library and the Huntington Library for research on her book manuscript tentatively titled Heretical Stains: German Bankers and the Conquest of Venezuela.

At Binghamton, she teaches courses for both the Comparative Literature and Spanish programs including Travel and Exploration; Intro to World Literature as well as Cultura de España y América Latina (Taught in Spanish) and Perspectivas de la naturaleza en España y Latinoamérica colonial (Taught in Spanish). In 2016 and 2017 Professor Montenegro also led a service-learning study abroad course in Cuzco, Peru titled "Sustainability in an Era of Globalization: History, Culture and Literature of the Andes."


  • PhD, University of California, Davis
  • MA, San Francisco State University
  • BFA, San Francisco Art Institute

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