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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 17, 2019—The Board of Trustees of Williams College voted to appoint Nelly Rosario, the 2017-18 W. Ford Schumann Distinguished Visiting Professor in Democratic Studies and the 2018-20 Artist in Residence of Latino/a studies, to the position of associate professor with tenure. The appointment took effect July 1, 2019.
Rosario’s research interests range from creative writing, world literature, and graphic novels to history, archival studies, and data visualization. Author of Song of the Water Saints: A Novel (Pantheon, 2002), winner of a PEN Open Book Award, and its translation El canto del agua: Una novela (Emecé Planeta, 2003), her recent work includes chapters in the 2018 books Everyday People: The Color of Life (ed. Jennifer Baker. Atria Books) and The Nation and its Writing: Collection of Dominican Voices (1965-2017) (eds. Carmen Cañete Quesada and Franklin Gutiérrez. Editorial Santuario). In addition, she contributed the chapters “Latinx + DNA: Complicando the Double Helix” for the forthcoming publication Critical Diálogos in Latina and Latino Studies (eds. Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa, NYU Press) and “Th/Inking in Black: Notes on Teaching Creative Writing” for the forthcoming publication Teaching Black: Pedagogy, Practice, and Perspectives on Writing (eds. Drea Brown and Ana-Maurine Lara, University of Pittsburgh Press).
Rosario received the Archives and Library Research Award from City College-CUNY’s Dominican Studies Institute in 2017 for research on her novel-in-progress How the Medicines Go Down and a Creative Capital Artist Award in Literature from the Creative Capital Foundation in 2016 for a photo story she is co-authoring with journalist Macarena Hernández and poet Sheila Maldonado.
At Williams, her course teaching includes Latina/o Identities: Constructions, Contestations, and Expressions, Ficciones: A Writing Workshop, and DNA + Latinx: Decoding the “Cosmic Race,” among others. She earned an S.B. in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University.
Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.