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Zita Cristina Nunes

Associate Professor of English

Graduate Chair


Fisher-Bennett Hall 132
Fisher-Bennett Hall 238


Zita Nunes, Associate Professor of English, teaches and conducts research in the areas of comparative African American/African Diaspora literature, literatures of the Americas, and literary theory. She is currently a Mellon Fellow at the Price Lab for Digital Humanities.
The author of Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas (Minnesota UP, 2008), Professor Nunes is the PI on the first phase of a digital archive of the Black press in multiple languages, titled Digital Bilingual (Portuguese/English) Edition of Correio de Africa [Africa Mail] Newspaper (1921-24) with Scholarly Apparatus, which is made possible in part by a major three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Professor Nunes is also completing a book manuscript titled, Racism in Translation: Multilingualism, Comparative Literature, the Harlem Renaissance.


Professor Nunes earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.




Courses Taught

fall 2024

fall 2023

ENGL 2390.401 Clarice Lispector canceled  

fall 2022

spring 2022

ENGL 082.401 Caribbean Literature  
ENGL 290.401 Black Women Writers