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Celina Osuna

Project Coordinator, Global Drylands Center
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5402

Celina Osuna is the Project Coordinator for the Global Drylands Center at Arizona State University and the Assistant Director of the Desert Humanities Initiative.

Her research concerns representations and experiences of the Desert Southwest as portrayed in literature, film, and visual art. In addition to aesthetics, she explores the many complexities that emerge from an engagement with the human and nonhuman agencies and forces of the desert, including geological time, identity, and heat.


PhD, Literature - Arizona State University
MLitt, Literature, Culture and Place - University of Strathclyde
BA, British and American Literature / Linguistics - The Univeristy of Texas at El Paso

Research Interests: 

American Literature of the long 20th Century with a focus on: Desert/Environmental Humanities, Chicanx Literature and Art, Native American Literature and Art, Border Studies, and Critical Theory.


Desert Distortion. Texas Tech University Press, Forthcoming. (Monograph)

“Color, Place, and Memory in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes.” Reading Aridity in Western American Literature. Eds. Jada Ach and Gary Reger. Lexington Books, Fall 2020.

Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 468Environmntl Literary Criticism
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 101First-Year Composition
ENG 200Critical Reading & Writing/Lit
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 102First-Year Composition
Honors / Awards: 

Katharine C. Turner Dissertation Fellowship, 2019-20.
University Grant from ASU Graduate College, 2017-18.
Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship, 2015-16.


Professional Associations: 

Society for Literature Science and the Arts (SLSA)
Western Literature Association (WLA)
Multiethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)


Post-Human Network (PHuN), Founding Co-Director, 2016-19.
Graduate Scholars of English Association, Literature Representative, 2017-18

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