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Etna Avalos

Assistant Professor, Spanish

PhD (North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

7-352C, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Etna Avalos holds a PhD in Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a Masters in Spanish from North Carolina State University and a Masters in English and British Literature from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Avalos specializes in contemporary Latin American literature and culture. Her research focuses on biopolitics, disability and cultural representations of resistance in Latin America. Relying on an interdisciplinary theoretical framework, her work explores the intersection of gender and disability in literature as well as cultural and literary representations of race, otherness and coloniality.

Dr. Avalos is the author of several academic articles and has published critical reviews of books in journals such as Romance Notes, Hispanófila and América sin Nombre.

20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature, contemporary Mexican literature, disability studies, gender studies, coloniality, exile and diasporic narratives

Teaching and Research Interests

Spanish language, literature and culture

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Avalos, Etna. “Discapacidad, feminismo y sexualidad en Sangre en el ojo de Lina Meruane.” Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades, vol. 44, no.1, 2018, pp. 37-48.

Avalos, Etna. “El epíteto en la Grandeza Mexicana de Bernardo de Balbuena/The Epithet in the Grandeza Mexicana by Bernardo de Balbuena.” Calíope. Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, vol. 23, no. 1, 2018, pp. 77-113.

Avalos, Etna. “Discapacidad y construcciones de género en Después del invierno de Guadalupe Nettel.” iMex. Mexico Interdisciplinario/Interdisciplinary Mexico, vol. 13, no. 1, 2018, pp. 113-126.

Avalos, Etna. Review. “Adapting Gender. Mexican Feminisms from Literature to Film, by Ilana Dann Luna.” Revista de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades, vol. 44, no.1, 2018, pp. 150-152.

Avalos, Etna. Review. “Diferencias, alteridad e identidad. (Narrativa de la primera mitad de siglo XX), by Cecilia Eudave.” América sin nombre, no. 22, 2017, pp. 143-144.

Professional Associations / Memberships


  • Canadian Association of Hispanists
  • Modern Language Association 
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • National Women’s Studies Association 
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies Association