Carmen Merport Quiñones

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative American Studies


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


Carmen Merport Quiñones is a visiting 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 2023

Latinas/os in Comparative Perspective — CAST 201
Latinas/os in Comparative Perspective — GSFS 201
Taste the Nation: Culture, Consumption, and American Identities — CAST 416
Capstone Research Seminar — CAST 500

Fall 2023

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