Odette Casamayor-Cisneros

Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages


Born in Cuba, Dr. Odette Casamayor Cisneros is an Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures. She has extensive Cuba research and interests. Dr. Casamayor was the 2015 Wilbur Marvin Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Afro-Latin American Institute at Harvard University. She graduated with a B.A. from the School of Journalism at the University of Havana in 1995 and received her Ph.D. in Art and Literature from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. She has published extensively on Cuban culture and society, and maintains a range of relationships with Cuban institutions, scholars and artists. She and Dr. Jacqueline Loss conceived and developed a short term UConn faculty-led education abroad program in 2013, entitled “Cuba in the 21st Century: People, Culture and Health.” The program was approved, but has not yet run.

In collaboration with librarian Marisol Ramos, Dr. Casamayor curated “Ediciones Vigía’s Rare Artist Books” Exhibition at the Babbidge Library during March 21st-May 21, 2016. She is also creating a blog that will become an important tool for faculty, researchers and students interested in Cuban contemporary art, literature and publishing.

Dr. Casamayors’ publications include Utopia, Dystopia and Ethical Weightlessness: Cosmological Reconfigurations in post-Soviet Cuban Fiction (2013). The book analyzes the void left by the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in the 1990s. Her latest book in process is entitled On Being Blacks: Challenging the Hegemonic Knowledge Through Racial Self-Identification Processes in Contemporary Cuban Cultural Production. She is the recipient of several international awards, including the “José Juan Arrom” National Prize of Literary Essay by the Union of Cuban Writers (Havana, 2009) and the Prix “Juan Rulfo” of International Essay Award (Paris, 2003).