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 Chapters

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

“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.


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