2021 Carleton Lecture
In Magical Habits Monica Huerta draws on her experiences growing up in her family’s Mexican restaurants
and her life as a scholar of literature and culture to meditate on how relationships between self, place, race,
and storytelling contend with both the afterlives of history and racial capitalism.
Monica Huerta received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an M.A. in History from Princeton University and a B.A. in History & Literature from Harvard University.
She was most recently a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University, where she was housed in the Program in Women’s Studies and taught a course on the historical memory of American slavery.
She has also taught courses at Rutgers University, Pace University, and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico.
During her doctoral course of study, she was awarded both pre-doctoral and dissertation fellowships from the Ford Foundation, a dissertation award from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation,
visiting fellowships from the New York Public Library and the Hispanic Cultural Center, as well as travel & research grants from the Mellon Foundation and the University of California.
She is also a proud Mellon-Mays Fellow.
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