Nina Gerassi-Navarro Picture
Professor of Latin American Literature and Director of Latin American Studies
Year of joining Tufts
2006

Nina Gerassi-Navarro, Professor of Latin American Literature and Director of Latin American Studies came to Tufts in 2006. She teaches courses on nation building, bandits, Latin American cities, women writers, travel literature, and visual culture. Her books include Pirate Novels: Fictions of Nation Building in Spanish America (Duke, 1999), a co-edited volume on Transatlantic Studies (2009), and more recently Women, Travel, and Science in Nineteenth-Century Americas: The Politics of Observation (Palgrave, 2017). She has traveled several times to Colombia, especially to Cartagena where the history of piracy is rich and fascinating. She is currently working on the intersection of politics and scientific knowledge during the nineteenth century through the writings and fieldwork of Aimé Bonpland in South America and his research on yerba mate.