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Naomi Wood

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wood is known for the enthusiasm that she brings both to the classroom and her research. Her personal interests and research merge at the intersection of corporeal epistemologies and productions of national identity. Her approach to research and teaching is informed by her training in dance and a curiosity about the ways that different bodies (citizens) are allowed or denied rights. Through examining a variety of texts in tandem—performance, literature, music, film—Dr. Wood emphasizes the important role of popular culture in the understanding of nation formation in 19th -20th century Latin America. Dr. Wood’s current fascination with colonization, island cultures, diasporic identities, and transnational exchanges of ideas began on her island of birth, the Big Island of Hawai’i. She is an avid traveler, outdoorswoman, and investigator of (hi)stories.

Research Interests

Latin American Feminisms
Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
Brazilian Cultural Studies
Gender and Queer Studies
Performance and Dance Studies
Popular Culture, Hip Hop Studies
Diaspora Studies
Film and Visual Arts
Postcolonial Studies


    Ph.D Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2011

    M.A. Hispanic Literatures, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2006

    B.A. Comparative Literature, Mills College, 2002