Nelly A. Rosario

Nelly A. Rosario

Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies

Stetson Hall Rm 603
At Williams since 2017


S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Civil Engineering (1994)
M.F.A. Columbia University, Creative Writing (1998)

Areas of Expertise


Research Interests

  • Creative Writing: Fiction, Creative nonfiction
  • Experimental Writing/Literature
  • World Literature
  • Graphic Novels
  • History of Science and Medicine
  • World History
  • Archival Studies
  • Data Visualization


Scholarship/Creative Work

Recent Publications

“Life Beats of Dr. Diana Gutiérrez.” Studies in Comics 11.1– Special Issue on Comics and Education, forthcoming.

“DNA+Latinx: Complicando the ‘Cosmic Race’.” Critical Diálogos in Latina and Latino Studies. Eds. Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa. New York: NYU Press, forthcoming.

“Th/Inking in Black: Notes on Teaching Creative Writing.” Teaching Black: Pedagogy, Practice, and Perspectives on Writing. Eds. Drea Brown and Ana-Maurine Lara. University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming.

“Song of Morrison: A Eulogy.” Aster(ix): A Journal of Literature, Art, Criticism (6 August 2019). Web.

“AWP Panel: Aster(Ix) Five Years Later.” Aster(ix): A Journal of Literature, Art, Criticism (2 June 2019). Web.

“Do Us Part.” Everyday People: The Color of Life, ed. Jennifer Baker. New York: Atria Books, 2018.

“El canto del agua.” La nación y su escritura: Colección de voces dominicanas (1965-2017) [The Nation and its Writing: Collection of Dominican Voices (1965-2017)], eds. Carmen Cañete Quesada and Franklin Gutiérrez. Santo Domingo: Editorial Santuario, 2018.


Song of the Water Saints: A Novel.  New York: Pantheon, 2002 / New York: Vintage, 2003.

El canto del agua: Una novela, trans. Patricia Antón. Barcelona: Emecé Planeta, 2003 / New York: Vintage Español, 2003 / MD: Recorded Books Audiolibros, 2003.

Website Design and Content Editing

MIT Black History Project

MIT Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professors and Scholars Program

HTI Open Plaza, Hispanic Theological Initiative


Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Recent Fellowships

Reading Fellow, Under the Volcano, Tepoztlán, MEXICO, 2019, 2020

Archives & Library Research Award, Dominican Studies Institute, City College-CUNY, 2017

Creative Capital Artist Award in Literature, Creative Capital Foundation, 2016


Professional Affiliations

HTI Open Plaza Editorial Board, Hispanic Theological Initiative, 2019-Present 

Advisory Board, Under the Volcano, 2018-Present

Contributing Editor, Aster(ix): A Journal of Literature, Art, Criticism, 2013-Present

Editor, Ex officio Member, Black Alumni/ae of MIT National Board, 2010-Present


Current Committees

  • Honorary Degrees Committee