Dixa Ramírez is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration with affiliate positions in WGSS and Spanish and Portuguese. Her research and teaching explore the entanglements between race, gender, nationalism, colonialism and imperialism, and geographic displacement as they emerge in literature, film, music, and other cultural expressions of the Francophone and Hispanophone Caribbean and their diasporas. Her first book, Colonial Phantoms: Belonging and Refusal in the Dominican Americas, from the 19th Century to the Present (NYU Press, 2018), argues that dominant Western discourses have ghosted Santo Domingo/the Dominican Republic despite its central place in the architecture of the Americas. Her second book project, “Aesthetics of Blackness in the Trans-American Frontiers,” considers the question of legibility, visibility, and surveillance at the turn of the twentieth century. Her work has been published in Atlantic Studies, The Black Scholar, Comparative Literature, Small Axe, Avidly, and in the Dominican media.
Her courses include “Blackness in Latinx and Latin America”; “Race, Empire, and Atlantic Modernities”; “Travel Literature of the Americas”; “Haitian and Dominican Literature and Culture”; and “Zombies, Pirates, Ghosts, and Witches.”