Dominique Vargas

Vargas Bio Photo Aug2018



Areas of Interest
20th & 21st century Literature of the Americas, Linguistics, Gender, and Identity Studies

St. Mary's University, BA
St. Mary's University, MA
The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, MFA


Dominique Vargas is a University Presidential Fellow, a Gender Studies Teaching Apprentice, and a Graduate Student Fellow with the Institute for Latino Studies. She specializes in 20th and 21st century American literature with a focus on race, gender, linguistics, and literary theory. Dominique’s current project seeks to theorize negative capability through non-verbal linguistics and performance in contemporary writing by women.

Recent Scholarly Activity

“Wicked Witch(hunt) of the West: Asserting Power in the Age of Twitter”, Linguistics Panel, South Central Modern Language Association. October 2018.

“Peripheral Transgression and Liberation in Ana Castillo’s Watercolor Women/Opaque Men: A Novel in Verse and Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad”. MELUS Conference. May 2018

Embodied Utterances: Subversive Bodily Discourse as Protest” Linguistics Panel, South Central Modern Language Association, November 2016.