Carmen Merport Quiñones

  • Assistant Professor of Comparative American Studies


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2018
  • MA, University of Chicago, 2014
  • BA, UCLA, 2010


Carmen Merport Quiñones is an assistant professor in comparative American studies. Her research draws on the fields of literary studies, art history, and media studies in order to examine the manner in which different modes of perception are involved in the composure and discomposure of identities rooted in race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, and sexuality. Her current book project, Life in Motion: An Affective Genealogy of Minoritarian Art, recounts exchanges between avant-garde practices, the art world, and the visual culture of the mass picture magazine. Merport Quiñones’s scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in venues including PMLA, MELUS, Textual Practice, Criticism, and Among Others: Blackness at MoMA, a recent publication of the Museum of Modern Art.

Spring 2024

Taste the Nation: Culture, Consumption, and American Identities — CAST 416
Taste the Nation: Culture, Consumption, and American Identities — CAST 416OC
Capstone Research Seminar — CAST 500

Fall 2024

Our Senses, Ourselves — FYSP 151
How We Look: Visualizing US Identities — CAST 229


College of Arts and Sciences Welcomes New Faculty for 2023-24

September 18, 2023

Students choose Oberlin—and thrive at Oberlin—because of the nurturing mentorship of the outstanding faculty who guide their learning. We are honored to welcome the newest additions to our faculty across the College of Arts and Sciences for 2023-24.