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Marika Preziuso

Marika Preziuso
Associate Professor
Tower 507

Marika Preziuso holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the Caribbean Diaspora and an M.A. in Gender, Society and Culture, both from the University of London, UK. Prior to discovering her calling as a teacher, Marika studied French, German and English language and culture and worked as a literary translator and consecutive interpreter in Italy and the UK, where she lived before moving to the United States.

At the Massachusetts College of Art, Marika teaches courses in postcolonial and multicultural literature, women’s literature in global perspective, and the intersections of technology, creativity, and social justice. She is very interested in socially engaged science fiction and fantasy stories, and she loves and teaches the art of Wangechi Mutu and Doris Salcedo. Her instructional approach emphasizes the cultural and social analysis and comparative study of literary and visual texts across cultures.

At MassArt in Spring 2016, Marika organized and hosted Creative Counterpoints: Women, Difference and the Arts, a one-day interdisciplinary symposium and exhibition that explored women’s identities and their creative processes, across a range of disciplines, artistic expressions and personal experiences.  This event drew together MassArt students with women artists, entrepreneurs, educators and scholars, including Brain Pickings founder Maria Popova. 

In 2014, Marika co-edited the collection of essays Migrant Identities of Creole Cosmopolitans, with Dr. Nirmala Menon of the India Institute of Technology (IIT). Published by Peter Lang, this collection offers numerous perspectives on the condition of the displaced migrant in light of the colonial legacies and the often problematic framework of cultural hybridity.

2009 - PhD, English, Birkbeck College, University of London; 2002 - MA, Gender, Society, and Culture, Birkbeck College, University of London; 2001 - Graduate Certificate, Literary Translation, Università La Sapienza, Rome
Professional Experience: 

Book-length Publication

Chapters in Edited Collections and Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals 

  • 2016 - "A Subtlety by Kara Walker: Making Vulnerable Art," The Journal of International Women’s Studies, Summer
  • 2012 - P. Noxolo and M. Preziuso, "Moving Matter: Language in Caribbean Literature as Translation between Dynamic Forms of Matter," Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. 14:1
  • 2011 - "Negotiating Unity with Freedom: Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies," Sargasso: Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture. 2010- 2011, I & II
  • 2011 - "Liberating Border and Sensual Veils: Edwidge Danticat’s Poetics of Haiti’s ‘Vulnerability,’ Academica Press," Latin American Studies: Critiques of Contemporary Cinema, Literatures, Politics and Revolution, edited by David Gallagher, UK 2011 
  • 2011 - "Literary Authorship and the Diasporic Imagination: Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in Alison Donnell and Michael Bucknor (eds.)," The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, London, UK, June
  • 2010 - "Mapping the Lived–Imagined Caribbean: Postcolonial Geographies in the Literature of the ‘Diasporic’ Caribbean," Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 31 Issue 2, April 2010 
  • 2010 - "Do I belong here? Images of Belonging and Cultural Hybridity in Erna Brodber’s Myal, Velma Pollard’s Homestretch and Caryl Phillips’s" Cambridge Journal of Caribbean Literatures, vol. IV, 
  • 2010 - "Llevando el Velo y Cruzando la Frontera: Geografías Imaginarias" en The Farming of Bones por Edwidge Danticat, Hipertexto, University of Texas-Pan American, no.12, Summer 2010

Published Interviews 

  • 2011 - Conversation avec Maryse Condé: ‘Race et identité culturelle aux Antilles.’ Sargasso: Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture 2010-11, Special Issue
  • 2010 - Interview with Achy Obejas,SX Salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform, November 3, 2010 
  • 2001 - Interview with bell hooks (in English and Italian), Leggere Donna, Luciana Tufani eds. Italy. #90, 2001


  • 2011-2014 - Member of the Committee for the Visual Arts and Film Initiatives, Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)
  • 2009-2014 - Member of the Student Mentorship Committee, Caribbean Studies Association (CSA)
  • 2007-2009 - Research Students’ Representative, Research School, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
  • 2012 – present - Member of the American Teachers Association (ATA)
  • 2011-2014 - Member of the American Translators Association (ATA)


  • 2014 - MassArt Foundation Fellowship, Project Transnational Feminism as Artistic and Pedagogic Practice 
  • 2011- Emilia Galla Struppa Fellowship, Research in South Atlantic Studies, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Virginia 
  • 2003 - Research Grant, University of London Central Fund, Research at the University of Havana, Cuba and to the University of the Antilles and Guyana (UAG), Martinique 
  • 2002-2006 - Graduate Scholarship, University of London Research School 
  • 2001-2002 - Università di Salerno Grant, MA in Gender and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London 
  • 1997-1998 - Erasmus Scholarship (EU Exchange Program), University of Kent at Canterbury, UK 


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