Areas of Interest: Latina/o literatures, Latin American literatures, Postcolonial literatures, late 20th and 21st century American literatures, migration studies, race studies, citizenship, gender theory, political theory
Education: Northwestern University, B.A.
Oliver Ortega is a PhD student in the English Department at Notre Dame. He holds a B.A. in Journalism and International Studies from Northwestern University.
Oliver’s primary scholarly interests focus on how Latina/o literatures and other minority literatures contest power in its various forms, whether it's state-crafted immigration systems, militarized borders, racial hierarchies, imperialism, or consumerism. He is also interested in connecting Latin American resistance narratives to Latina/o, African American, and Native American literatures.
Before starting at Notre Dame, Oliver worked in the public schools of Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin. During his undergraduate career he apprenticed at various news outlets, publishing stories for the Boston Globe, Columbus Dispatch, U-T San Diego and other outlets.