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Maria-Mercedes Fernández-Asenjo, Dr.


Romance Languages and Literatures


Mercedes Fernández-Asenjo earned her PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Houston, Texas where she worked as a language instructor and as a research assistant at the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. She is a Lecturer of Spanish in the Romance Languages and Literature Department.

She specializes in U.S.-Latinx literature and culture, with an emphasis on the Dominican Republic. Her research focuses on women and gender relations, feminism, Hispanic-American female writers, and the history of women education in the Hispanic Caribbean. Her articles have been published in national and international journals. She has presented her work at various conferences both in the United States and abroad, including the CSA (Caribbean Studies Association) and the AGGS/AEGS (Association of Gender and Sexuality Studies) among others.

Fernández-Asenjo was granted a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2018 to attend a Summer Institute on "Women's Suffrage" in the Americas.


  • PhD, University of Houston, Texas - Hispanic Studies
  • MA, Nebrija University, Spain - Spanish Applied Linguistics-L2
  • BA, University of Granada, Spain - English Philology