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Associate Professor

Amanda 2022

Amanda Ellis is an interdisciplinary researcher and assistant professor of Mexican American Literature and Culture. Her first book project draws from Chicana feminist theory to consider the literary history and significance of the figure of the curandera throughout Mexican American Literature. She has published in: Chicana/Latina Studies, Aztlán: The Journal of Chicano Studies, MELUS, Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, and Western American Literature.


  • Ph.D., English, Rice University
  • M.A., English, Rice University
  • M.A., Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Barry University

Current Book Project

Cover of Dr. Ellis book "Letras y Limpias: Decolonial Medicine and Holistic Healing in Mexican American Literature" (Arizona University PressFall 2021) 





Honors and Awards

  • UH 2022 Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award         
  • Children’s Literature Association: 2022 Edited Book Award Winner for "Nerds, Goths, Geeks and Freaks: Outsiders in Chicanx and Latinx Young Adult Literature"
  • Ross. M. Lence 2021 Humanities Teaching Excellence Award
  • NACCS 2020 Chicana Caucus Publication Award for Best Essay 


Classes Taught

  • ENGL 3301 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 3351 American Literature after 1865
  • ENGLE 3361 Mexican American Literature
  • ENGL 4371 Literature and Medicine
  • ENGL 4378 Women Writers
  • ENGL 4396 Senior Seminar: US Latina/o/x Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 3396/7396 Latinx YA Literature
  • ENGL 8385 Mexican American Literature

Research Interests

  • Mexican American Literature and Culture
  • American Literature post 1865
  • Chicana Feminism
  • Medical Humanities
  • Ethnic Studies

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