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Yvette Fuentes, Ph.D.

Yvette Fuentes
Associate Professor
(954) 262-7681


  • Ph.D. University of Miami
  • M.A. University of Miami
  • B.A. Barry University

Professional Interests

Yvette Fuentes, Ph.D., teaches a variety of undergraduate-level courses at NSU, including Elementary and Intermediate-level Spanish, Spanish Conversation and Composition, Business Spanish, Spanish for Legal Professions, Introduction to Spanish Literature, Introduction to Latin American Literature, as well as a Humanities course on Cervantes’ Don Quixote. 

Her research interests include Cuban and Cuban-American literature, Latin American women writers, Caribbean literature, U.S. Latino/a literature, feminism and gender studies. She has written on the work of Yanitzia Canetti, Daína Chaviano, Jesús Díaz, Dulce María Loynaz, Enrique Labrador Ruíz, Mayra Montero, Laura Ruíz Montes, Antonio José Ponte, Karla Suárez and Zoé Valdés. Some of her publications have appeared in Anthuriam: A Caribbean Studies Journal, Camino Real: A Multidisciplinary Journal on U.S. Latino Studies, Caribe: Revista de Cultura y Literatura, Letras Femeninas, sx salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform, Texturas: Nuevas Dimensiones del Texto y de la Imagen, and Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and Its Diasporas, as well as in award-winning author Daina Chaviano’s website.

Dr. Fuentes has presented her scholarship at national and international conferences, including the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Conference (AATSP), the Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies of the Cuban Research Institute at FIU, the International Association of Hispanic Feminine Literature and Culture Conference (AILCFH) and the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature in the United States Conference (MELUS). She has also been a guest speaker locally at the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, the West Regional Library in Plantation, and at NSU’s Lifelong Learning Institute. 

She is regular contributor to Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries and serves as peer reviewer for academic journals, (Hispania: A Journal Devoted to the Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese, Caribbean Studies, L’Érudit franco-espagnol (LEF-E): An Electronic Journal of French and Hispanic Literatures, and Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos.) She is also on the Editorial Board of Anthuriam: A Caribbean Studies Journal.

Areas of Academic Focus

  • Latin American literature
  • Cuban and Cuban-American literature
  • Spanish language, literature, and culture
  • U.S. Latino/a literature
  • Spanish for the professions

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 1210: Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 1220: Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 3000: Conversation and Composition
  • SPAN 3200: Business Spanish
  • SPAN 3240: Introduction to Spanish Lietrature 
  • SPAN 3250: Introduction to Latin American Lietrature

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