Adela Ramos

Chair of Environmental Studies

Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 201A

  • Professional
  • Biography

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Associate Professor of English


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

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

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


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, environmental humanities, gender, race, history of science, history of he novel. She teaches for the First-Year Experience Program, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Women’s 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, tentatively titled Hospitable Species: Domestication, Empire, and the Eighteenth-Century British Novel 1720-1820, investigates how cultural, literary, and scientific conceptions of the domestic define who is part of the home, the nation, and the human family in novels from Robinson Crusoe to Mansfield Park.

Her scholarly publications include “Species Thinking: Animals, Women, and Literary Tropes in Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman“ (Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 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, 2019), and her essay “La Hospitalidad del Caballo: El ser y el otro en Los viajes de Gulliver de Jonathan Swift” is forthcoming in Jonathan Swift y el archipiélago de los espejos. Homenaje a 350 años de su nacimiento (UNAM, 2019).

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