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 and Literature
World Literature
Graphic Narratives
History of Science and Medicine
World History
Archival Storytelling
Data Visualization


Scholarship/Creative Work

Recent Publications

Operation Granma G.” Latino Studies 19.4, Special Issue: Arts of Latina and Latino Aging (November 2021).

“Doris Rodríguez’s MONOCORDE.” Distant Connections 3- The Lockdown Lowdown Special Issue: Women and Covid, a gendered pandemic (September 2021).

Latinx + DNA: Complicando the Double Helix.Critical Dialogues in Latina and Latino Studies. Eds. Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa. New York University Press, 2021.

“Th/Inking in Black: Notes on Teaching Creative Writing.” Teaching Black: Pedagogy, Practice, and Perspectives on Writing. Edited by Drea Brown and Ana-Maurine Lara. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021. 

Feedback Loop / Círculo de retroalimentación.” The Amaranta Project, Aster(ix) (Fall 2021).

Life Beats of Dr. Diana: As Told to Nelly Rosario.” Studies in Comics 11.1–Special Issue on Comics and Education (July 2020).

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

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

“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.


Content Editor/Web Developer/Faculty-Led Team, HTI Open Plaza, Hispanic Theological Initiative, 2019-Present
Content Editor/Web Developer, MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars Program, MIT, 2014-Present
Assistant Director of Writing/Web Developer, MIT Black History Project, 2013-Present
Project Curator, Technology and the Dream Exhibit, MIT Museum, 2021-2022

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Harold E. Lobdell ’17 Distinguished Service Award, MIT Alumni Association, 2021
Great Dome Award, BCAP Project Team, MIT Alumni Association, 2021
CUNY DSI Research Fellowship, Dominican Studies Institute, City College-CUNY, 2021
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

Member, MIT Alumni Association  (AASC) Selection Committee, 2021-2024
Project Team Member, BAMIT Community Advancement Program (BCAP), MIT Office of Minority Education (OME), 2020-Present
Member, 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 (BAMIT) National Board, 2010-Present

Current Committees

  • Lecture Committee

Visiting Committee, Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Program, The Cooper Union, 2021-22
30th-Anniversary Board Committee, Hurston/Wright Foundation, 2020-2021

Course Websites


DNA+Latinx: Decoding the ‘Cosmic Race’ (LATS 330-01), Spring 2019

The Graphic Narrative: A ‘Global South’ Perspective (LATS 316-01), Fall 2018

We the People in the Stacks: Democracy and Literatures of Archives (LATS 232-01), Spring 2018

Drawing Democracy: Graphic Narratives as Democratic Ideals (LATS 348-01), Fall 2017


Hurston/Wright Archives: An Archival Storytelling Course, Spring 2021

Knowing Rivers: Langston Hughes Festival Archives Course, Fall 2020