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Natalie Catasús

Curriculum Vitae

Emory University Contact:

Department of Comparative Literature
537 Kilgo Circle, S402 Callaway Center
Atlanta, Georgia 30322


Ph.D. Comparative Literature (Anticipated 2022)

Emory University, Atlanta, GA

M.A. Visual & Critical Studies (2015)

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

M.F.A. Writing (2015)

California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

B.A. Literature / Spanish Language & Culture (2011)

New College of Florida, the Honors College of Florida, Sarasota, FL


2020 “The Archipelagic in Action.” Review of Archipelagic American Studies, Eds. Brian
Russell Roberts and Michelle Ann Stephens, Duke University Press, 2017.
Forthcoming in October 2020 issue of sx salon: a small axe literary platform.


2020-21 Goizueta Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellowship, Cuban Heritage Collection, University

of Miami
2019 National Humanities Center Graduate Student Summer Residency Program, funded by
the Mellon Interventions Project at Emory University
2018-19 Emory Writing Program Top-Off Fellowship, Emory University
2017-22 Laney Graduate School Fellowship, Emory University
2016 TuCuba Fellowship, CubaOne Foundation
2014 Research and Travel Grant, California College of the Arts
2012-14 Graduate Merit Scholarship, California College of the Arts
2012-14 Graduate Diversity Scholarship, California College of the Arts
2012 Finalist, Fulbright Research Fellowship to Spain, Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Papers Presented
2019 “From the Monumental to the Makeshift: Memorializing the Cuban Rafter Crisis After
Twenty-Five Years,” New Directions in Cuban Studies, Cuban Heritage Collection at
the University of Miami, Miami, FL (October 17-18).
2019 “Porous Borders, Watery Graves: Diasporic Memorials to the Migrant Dead,” Twelfth
Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Cuba and Puertoa Rico: Two
Wings of One Bird?, Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University,
Miami, FL (February 14-15).
2018 “Relic or Refuse?: The Rafts of the Balseros in New Fiction by Achy Obejas,”
(Un)Moorings, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (April 20).
2016 “Echoes off the Straits: Images and Ephemera of the Lost Cuban Balseros,” Tropical
Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame, Tulane
University, New Orleans, LA (March 10-12).
Panels Organized
2019 “La maldita circunstancia: Pan-Caribbean Borders in the Wake of Disaster,” Twelfth
Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Cuba and Puerto Rico: Two
Wings of One Bird?, Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University,
Miami, FL (February 14-15).


Graduate Instructor (Instructor of Record), Emory University

Fall 2020 Spectacular Visions: Literature & Visual Culture in the Americas
CPLT 202W: Literature, Genres, Media

Fall 2019 Comparative Caribbeans: Reading Between the Islands

CPLT 201W: Reading Comparatively

Spring 2019 Alternate Documents: (Re)presentation Across Genres

CPLT 110: Introduction to Literary Studies (First-Year Writing Course)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, California College of the Arts

Fall 2014 Embodiment

CRTSD-1500: Foundations in Critical Studies

Fall 2013 Introduction to the Arts

VISST-1040: Foundations in Visual Studies

2014-15 MA Thesis: Echoes off the Straits: Images and Ephemera of the Lost Cuban Balseros
Committee: Tirza True Latimer, Jacqueline Francis, Rebekah Edwards, Achy Obejas

2010-11 BA Thesis: Translating the Past, Writing the Self: The Language of the Exile
Experience through Text and Film
Committee: Miriam Wallace, Sonia Labrador-Rodríguez, Maria Vesperi

2009 Research Assistant: Additive Schooling in Subtractive Times: Bilingual Education

and Dominican Immigrant Youth in the Heights (Bartlett & Garcia, Vanderbilt
University Press 2011)


2018-20 President, Comparative Literature Seminar Series, Emory University

2017-18 Graduate Mentors Committee, Emory University
2015 Visual & Critical Studies Admissions Committee, California College of the Arts
2013 Graduate Writing Program Bridge Week Coordinator, California College of the Arts
2012-13 Volunteer Translator, Voice of Witness, Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global
Economy by Goria, McSweeney’s 2014


ArcGIS: Trained at Graduate Student Residency Program, National Humanities Center, 2019
Copyediting: Certified by the University of California San Diego, 2017
Oral history: Interviewing, editing, and transcription; Trained by Voice of Witness, 2014
Translation: Spanish to English


2018-19 Graduate Writing Program Fellow, Emory ELL Program

Emory University

2012-15 Senior Writing Coach, Learning Resource Center

California College of the Arts

Spring Assistant Director, Writing Resource Center & Quality Enhancement Program
2012 New College of Florida

2009-11 Student Writing Assistant, Writing Resource Center

New College of Florida

2015-17 Resource Development Associate San Francisco, CA

Voice of Witness

2014-15 Assistant Editor San Francisco, CA

Say It Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling
by Mayotte & Kiefer, Haymarket Books, 2019

2012-13 Managing Editor & Art Director San Francisco, CA

Eleven Eleven Literary Journal


English: Native Proficiency (Reading, speaking, and writing)

Spanish: Advanced / Heritage Speaker (Reading, speaking, and writing)
French: Reading proficiency with dictionary

2020 Emory Foundations for Online Teaching (June 29–August 9)

2020 Emory College Online Teaching Strategies (June 8–28)
2019 “Objects and Places in an Inquiry-Based Classroom: Teaching, Learning, and
Research in the Humanities,” National Humanities Center (July 15–26)
2019 Reading French Intensive Language Course, Emory University (May 20–June 26)
2018 Composition Practicum: Teaching First-Year Writing, Emory University (August 29–
December 5)
2018 Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity, Emory University (August
2018 Center for Faculty Development & Excellence Summer Teaching Intensive, Emory
University (August 9–10)


2017 Flight. Chapbook published by Volumes Volumes Press.

2017 “Right-Here Man.” Tupelo Quarterly, issue 11.
2016 “Frontier is the Mouthpiece,” “Resonator,” “Shine,” and “Window Cuts the
Landscape.” VOLT, issue 21.
2015 “In Such Light.” Denver Quarterly, volume 50, issue 1.
2013 “The Valley” and “Green Oaks Creek Farm.” Jai-Alai Magazine, issue 7.