Adela Ramos

Associate Professor of English

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Office:
Hauge Administration Building - Room 201-A
Status:
On Sabbatical
  • Professional
  • Personal

Education

  • Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2010
  • M.A., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2004
  • B.A., English Language and Literature, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 2001
  • Diploma, Translation Studies, El Colegio de México, Mexico City, 1998-2000

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • Critical Animals Studies
  • Ecocriticism
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Genre and The History of the Novel
  • Digital Humanities
  • Border Literature

Selected Presentations

  • Swift 250 Años, The Hospitality of Horses: Self-Stranger Relationships in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Mexico City, MX (April 2017)
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, “This Admirable Machine: Mousers and Mousetraps in William Guthrie’s The Life and Adventures of a Cat.”, Minneapolis, MN (March 2017)
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, “'Like Rational Creatures': Animal Rights and Women’s Rights in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Original Stories and A Vindication of the Rights of Woman", Los Angeles, CA (March 2015)
  • Reading Animals, University of Sheffield, “An Animal of a Different Species: Hares, Women, and Anthropomorphism in Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones”, Sheffield, UK (July 2014)
  • Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of Indiana, “‘His Dignity as an Ambassador’: Exotic Pets and Reciprocity in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda”, Bloomington, IN (May 2014)
  • Pride and Prejudices, “Species Thinking: Animals, Women, and Literary Form in Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman”, Chawton House, Alton, UK (July 2013)
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, “Africans, Women, Aloe, and Macaws: Species Diversity and Social Hierarchy in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda”, Albuquerque, NM (March 2010)

Selected Articles

  • "The Goddess Coatlicue: Femicide and Environmental Renewal in Homero Aridjis' *La leyenda de los soles*." The Battersea Review Vol. 2, 2016:

Accolades

  • Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, 2016-2017 Pacific Lutheran University
  • Fellow, Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), University of Victoria, June 2017
  • Wiancko Foundation Fellowship Student-Faculty Summer Research, 2016 with Clay Snell
  • Fellow, Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), University of Victoria, June 2016
  • Kelmer-Roe Student-Faculty Research Award Recipient, AY 2015-2016 with Clay Snell
  • Fellow, Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, June 2015
  • Karen Hille Phillips Regency Advancement Award, 2013
  • Whiting Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2009

Biography

Adela Ramos was born in Mexico City, where she received her B.A. with honors in Modern Languages and Literatures from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a Diplome in Translation Studies from El Colegio de México. She completed her PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (New York) with an emphasis on eighteenth-century British Literature and was a Whiting Foundation Fellow (2009 – 2010).

Her teaching emphases include eighteenth-century British literature, animal studies, ecocriticism, gender and race, history of the novel, and literature and immigration. She teaches for the First-Year Experience Program, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Women and Gender Studies Program. As an affiliate faculty member of the Environmental Studies program, she participates in ENVT 350 and ENVT 498.

Her book project, Hospitable Species: Hosts, Guests, and Strangers in the British Novel, 1720-1830, traces how interspecies relationships model self-stranger relationships of hospitality. She examines how characters in British novels from Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe to Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and beyond, welcome human and non-human others into their own spaces, and how these reciprocal encounters of trust, affection, and even adoption are entwined with hostility and fear of invasion.

Her scholarly publications include “Species Thinking: Animals, Women, and Literary Form in Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” (Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, forthcoming Spring 2018) and “The Goddess Coatlicue: Femicide and Environmental Renewal in Homero Aridjis’ La leyenda de los soles (The Battersew Review, 2017). Her work on hare hunting in Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones is forthcoming in an edited volume titled, Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern, co-edited by Karen Edwards, Derek Ryan, and Jane Spencer (Routledge, 2017).

She is a member of the Environmental Studies Program Committee, a founding member of the PLU4US Task Force for Undocumented Students, and is currently developing the Digital Humanities Lab at PLU with Scott Rogers.