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Rosita Scerbo

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Teaching Assistant, Spanish
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
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Rosita Scerbo is a Ph.D. candidate at ASU. She is a published author of book chapters and research articles in both Spanish and English. Her research interests include Latin American and Chicanx Visual Autobiography, Digital Humanities, Visual Disability Narrative and Corporeal Invisibility, Chicano/a and Mexican Studies, Feminist/Queer Theory, and Critical Animal Studies. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures (Anglo-American and Hispanic-American) from the University of Calabria in 2013. In 2012 she spent one year in Sevilla (Spain) with the Erasmus scholarship. In 2013 she won the MOST scholarship, upon being one of the most brilliant students in her language department. In 2016 she obtained her Master’s degree in Hispanic-American Literature and Linguistics from West Virginia University.

In addition, Rosita is currently a Teaching Associate in Spanish and a HASTAC Communications and Digital Content Development Intern at Arizona State University. She has received recognition within ASU, such as the Mexican-American Publication Award (2019), Teaching Excellence Award (2018), Pitch Competition Research Award (2017), and the Great Students Graduate Fellowship (2017). 

Academic Appointments 

HASTAC Communications and Digital Content Development Intern - Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) at ASU, Fall 2018

Selected Support Faculty Director - Study Abroad, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Summer 2018

Comparative Literature Research Associate - Dr. Ileana Orlich, President’s Professor, ASU, Spring 2018                                                                      

Spanish Research Associate - Dr. David William Foster, Emeritus, ASU, Summer 2017

Instructor -  School of International Letters & Cultures, Arizona State University, Summer 2017, 2018. 

Teaching Associate - School of International Letters & Cultures, Arizona State University, 2016-PRESENT

Teaching Assistant - Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, West Virginia University 2014-2016




Doctor of Philosophy in Latin American and Chicanx Literature & Visual Studies

Arizona State University –Tempe, Arizona 

Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities 

Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona

Master of Arts in Hispanic-American Literature and Linguistics – May 2016

West Virginia University – Morgantown, West Virginia

Graduate Certificate in University Teaching- May 2016.

West Virginia University- Morgantown, West Virginia.

Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic-American and Anglo-American Languages and Cultures – July 2013

University of Calabria - Cosenza, Calabria, Italy

Research Fellowship M.O.S.T. - 2013

Fairmont State University- Fairmont, WV, United States

Study Abroad Program Erasmus - 2012

University of Seville – Seville, Spain 

Research Interests


Visual Autobiography 

Latin American Cultural Productions 

Visual Disability Narrative and Corporeal Invisibility

Digital Humanities

Chicano/a and Mexican Studies

Feminism and Gender Studies

Critical Animal Studies 



Book Chapters

Scerbo, Rosita. "The Body as Real and Symbolic Territory: A Feminist and Queer Disability Theory Approach of the Photo Book Recursos humanos (2000) by Gabriela Liffschitz." The Other Fridas: Latin American Women Artists Who Challenged Society, edited by Luciana Namorato and Débora Thomé.

---.“Transborder Bodies: Re-Thinking Graciela Iturbide’ Self Portraits through a Post-Humanist Gaze of Human-Animal Relations.” A Female Lens: Photography and Mexican Modernity, edited by Lale Stefkova and Julia Brown, UC Santa Barbara. 

---. “Gendered Animality and the Reality of Linked Oppression in Graciela Iturbide’s Visual Art: A Post-Humanist and Feminist Account of Non-Human Animals’ Liberation.”Feminism and Gender in Critical Animal Studies, edited by  Amber George. 

---. "Re-imagining the Borderlands: Intersectionality and Transnational Queering of Laura Aguilar’ Self-Portrait 'Three Eagles Flying'”. Intersectional Feminism in the Age of Transnationalism,edited by Olga Bezhanova and Raysa Amador.

Articles in Refereed Journals 

Scerbo, Rosita. “Construyamos‘puentes’ en lugar de ‘muros’: Un análisis rizomático del desarrollo y post-establecimiento de la teoría de la Frontera de Gloria Anzaldúa.” Southwestern American Literature, vol. 43, no 2, spring 2018, pp. 11-29.                                                                                                                               

---.“Recreating the Womb Space: The Unborn Narrator and the Female Body as a Site of Power Strugglein The Fourth World by Diamela Eltit”, Dissidences, forthcoming fall 2019.                                                     

Foster, David William; Scerbo, Rosita. “Magical Realism.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies. Ed. Ben Vinson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

---.“ARTivismo político y teoría queer: hacia una politización de la autobiografía femenina.”Debate Feminista, accepted with revisions, spring 2019.






Summer 2019
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SPA 471Indohispanomexicano Civilizatn
Fall 2018
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SPA 325Intro to Hispanic Literature
Summer 2018
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SPA 412Adv Conversation/Composition
Spring 2018
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SPA 201Intermediate Spanish
SPA 319Business Correspondence/Comm
Fall 2017
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SPA 202Intermediate Spanish
Summer 2017
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SPA 102Elementary Spanish
Spring 2017
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SPA 101Elementary Spanish
Fall 2016
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SPA 101Elementary Spanish


Courses thought

SPA 111 - Fundamentals of Spanish

SPA 202 - Intermediate Spanish

SPA 313 - Spanish Conversation and Composition

SPA 314 - Spanish Conversation and Composition

ASU Faculty Directed programs are created to take students and faculty out of the classroom and into the field to engage with and experience firsthand the subjects of study. This program upholds high standards of academic excellence, emphasizes learning with the local community and provides unparalleled field experience to students’ respective fields of study.

We took 12 Spanish minor/mayor students to be fully immersed in the culture and language of the Argentine country in South America.

The responsibilities of this position were:

·announcement of the program during Fall 2017 semester and Spring semester 2018 (up to March 1)

·participation in Tempe Campus Showcase (November 15)

·participation in Tempe Study Abroad Fest (February 6)

·attend information session (April 2018)

·teach 4 classes in Summer 2018 In Buenos Aires

·mentor students and support the group in all activities and events during the program.



Honors / Awards

Externally Awarded Funding 

"Best Practices"National Award - Sigma Delta Pi's 6th annual award. Title: " Entre Amgi@s: Conversations without border", Sigma Delta Pi, Fall 2017.                                                      

HASTAC Scholar, Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboration (HASTAC): Graduate Student Fellowship, Fall 2017.                                                                                                                                                                  Faculty mentor: Jaqueline Wernimont, Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities and Social Engagement at Dartmouth College.

Feministas Unidas Travel Award, FEMINISTAS UNIDAS INC., Fall 2017 

Competitive Awards

Mexican American/ Northen Mexican Publication Award, School of International Letters & Cultures, ASU, Spring 2019.

Women in Latin America Publishing Award, School of International Letters & Cultures, ASU, Spring 2019.

College Graduate Excellence Award, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU, Spring 2019. ​

ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Individual Travel Grant, GPSA, ASU, Spring 2019. 

Teaching Excellence Award winner, GPSA, ASU, 2018 (nominated by my SPA 319 students)

Graduate College Travel Award, ASU, Fall 2017.                                                                                                             

Pitch Competition Research award, Connected Academics, Spring 2017.                                 

Foster Latin American Research Award, ASU, Fall 2016.                                                                        

Academic Achievement Award (English), 4.0 GPA in Fairmont State University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program, Spring 2013.                                                                                                              

Academic Achievement Award (Spanish), 4.0 GPA in University of Seville’s (Spain) Spanish as a Second Language program, Spring 2012.                                                                                                                  



Foster Latin American Summer Stipends/Research Fellowship, ASU, School of International Letters & Cultures, Spring 2019.

Connected Academics Research Allowance, ASU, School of International Letters & Cultures, Spring 2018.

 SILC Research Grant, ASU, School of International Letters & Cultures, 2018. 

Great Students Graduate Fellowship, Jewish Studies, ASU, Fall 2017

M.O.S.T. Research & Study Abroad Fellowship, University of Calabria, 2013.



Chair, Editor of Circunloquios: Journal of Cultural Studies, ASU. 2016-2018

Professional Associations


LASA Latin American Studies Association.                                                                                 

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies - NACCS.                                                                                                                                                 

Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica.                                                        

Feministas Unidas (Coalition of Feminist Scholars in Spanish, Spanish-American, Luso-Brazilian, Afro-Latin American, and U.S. Hispanic and Latino Studies.)                                                                           

Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association                                                                                             

Modern Language Association                                                                                                                   

Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.                                                 

Connected Academics Scholar, Arizona State University                                                           

Graduate Women Association, Arizona State University                                                            

 SPAGrad, Spanish Graduate Student Association, Arizona State University                                                      

HASTAC Scholars                                                                                                                                       

Nexus Digital Research Co-op


Work History

ASU students win national award for Spanish Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi                                       ​

Teaching Excellence Award | Spring 2018​

ASU STUDY ABROAD: Language, Culture and Human Rights in Argentina - Summer 2018 ​







Elected- Vice President, Theta Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society,  2016-2017.

Peer Mentor, SPAGRAD's Peer-Mentoring and Community Outreach committee, 2017.

Coordinator, Aventura Cultural exposition, Hispanic Heritage Month committee, October 13, 2017. 

Coordinator, Study Abroad Showcase, "Language, Culture and Human Rights in Argentina" summer program, November 13-16, 2017

Head Coordinator, Entre Amig@s Spanish Conversation Club, 2016-2017.

Volunteer, SPAGRAD Film Festival 2017, November 15-17, 2017

Volunteer, Dìa de los Muertos Festival, October 30, 2017

Moderator, Entre Amig@s Spanish Conversation Club, 2016-Present.

Coordinator, Homecoming event Block Party, ASU, Fall 2016.

Panel Chair and Conference Organizing Committee member, Spanish Graduate Student Association Conference (ASU), XX Spanish Graduate Literature Conference, School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, “Urban Manifestations in Cultural and Literary Studies”, March 17, 18, 2017.

Chair, Editor of Circunloquios: Journal of Cultural Studies, ASU, 2017-Present.

Coordinator, Backpacking through the Spanish speaking countries, 2016

Coordinator, Hispanic heritage Month asu activities, 2016, 2017

Volunteer, Open House of the Spanish program, 2016, 2017

Coordinator, OLE’ Student Organization of the Spanish Language, ASU, 2016, 2017

Founding Head Coordinator, Salsa Festival, ASU, 2016, 2017.