Position Type
- Present

Melissa Huerta joined Denison’s Department of Modern Languages in 2014. She received her doctorate from the University of Illinois, Chicago, her master’s degree from Marquette University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Huerta teaches courses on the Spanish language as well as Latin American and Latinx culture and literature. Her research explores Latinx Cultural experiences and she is currently completing a book manuscript titled, “Reproductive Justice through Latinx Cultural Expressions: Experiencing Latinx Maternity.” Her research interests lie in the area of Latinx representation in theatre, performance, and television.

B.A., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D. University of Illinois, Chicago

Learning & Teaching

  • SPAN 112, Second Semester Spanish
  • SPAN 211 Third Semester Spanish
  • SPAN 213, Oral Communication Skills
  • SPAN 220, Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • SPAN 325, Survey of Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 335, Survey of Latin American Culture
  • SPAN 425, Seminar in Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 435, Seminar in Latin American Culture
  • LACS 201: Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Domestic Latino/a studies with an emphasis on the intersections of race, class, language, gender, and sexuality in Latina theatre and performance.


  • “This is how I was born on the operating table of an abortion clinic:” Coatlicue State and Reproductive Decision-Making in Teatro Luna.” Representing Abortion, ed. Rachel A. Johnston Hurst. London: Routledge, 2020.
  • “Time to Speak Out:” Towards Conocimiento in Tanya Saracho’s Kita y Fernanda. Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social. Vol. 17, Issue 2, Spring 2018.
  • “Reading Audiences, Reading Materials: Reception in Tanya Saracho’s El Nogalar.” Aletria, Belo Horizonte, v. 29, n. 1, p. 53-72, 2019.
  • “Between and Beyond the Mediated and the Material in Teatro Luna’s Generation Sex.” Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity, ed. Grisel Y. Acosta. London: Routledge, 2019. 99-105.