Name: Dr. Patricia Ferrer-Medina
Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish
Office Location: Fontaine 328
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 6429
Degrees Held:

PhD Comparative Literature, Rutgers U. New Jersey

Dissertation: "Ecological Difference and the Ecology of Subjectivization in Sixteenth Century Nonfiction Travel Narrative to the Caribbean.”


Post Baccalaureate Study in Classics, U. of Pennsylavania

  • “Nuevas incursiones críticas a los estudios coloniales caribeños: la crítica ecológica” (“New Critical Trends in Colonial Caribbean Studies: Ecological Criticism”). Cuadernos del CILHA, 17 (2012): 90-111.Print.
  • “Ecology, Difference and Utopia in the Portrayal of the Gypsy in Cervantes’ La gitanilla (1613)” in Cervantes and/on/in the New World Eds. Nieves Romero-Díaz, Julio Vélez-Sainz. Newark, DE: Juan de la Cuesta, 2007. Print. 39-60
  • “Wild Humans: The Culture/Nature Duality in Marie Darrieussecq’s Pig Tales and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” in The Comparatist, 31 (May 2007): 67-87.  Print.
Research Interests:

Main: Early Modern and Colonial Latin American Literature; Theories of Race, Gender, Cultural Difference; Theories of Subjectivity; Postcolonial Theory; Ecological Criticisms.

Secondary: The Caribbean, Anthropological and Arqueological studies of the Caribbean, Amerindian Issues, Medieval Literature, Golden Age Literature, LGBTQ Issues.

Conferences & Workshops:
  • “Cannibalistic Natures: From Cultural to Gender to Ecological Difference in Early Modern Travel Writing to the Caribbean.” 39th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association. Mérida, Mexico. May 2014.
  • “La diferencia ecológica en Carvajal y Ralegh.” (“Ecological Difference in Carvajal and Ralegh”) XIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. March 2014.
  • “Women Cannibals in Early Modern Travel Writing to the Caribbean.” Paper read at Women and Society Conference, Marist Co. Poughkeepsie, NY. Oct 2012
  • “Amerindian Subjectivity in European Narratives of Discovery.” Paper read at the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Conference in Guadeloupe, France. Co-organized panel “American Diversity Before and After 1492” with Dr. Lawrence Waldron. June 2012
  • “The Subject and Environmental Trauma in the Colonial Caribbean.”  Paper presented at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference at Brown U. Providence, RI. April 2012
  • “Clash of Natures: The European Early Modern Subject before Amerindian Ecology.”  School of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Forum, Marist Co.  November 2011
  • “Representation of Ecological Difference in Ramón Pané’s Relación (1498).” Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) Conference in Curaçao, The Netherland Antilles. June 2011

Around Campus:

  • Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee (CSAC)
  • LGBTQ subcomittee to the Diversity Council 


  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Caribbean Studies Associaition
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • International Comparative Literature Association
  • Modern Languages Association
  • “El Nuevo Mundo y el viejo en La gitanilla y el Coloquio de los perros” Invited by Julio Vélez-Sainz and Nieves Romero-Díaz for their conference Cervantes y el Nuevo Mundo. University of Massachussetts. October 8-9, 2005.
  • “Las crónicas de viaje al Caribe y la ecología indígena”  Invited by Roberto Perry at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia. August 12, 2005.