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Elvira Aballí Morell, PhD

National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Vanderbilt University


PMB 401617, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, 

Nashville, TN 37240-1617

+1 (956) 744-9206


Welcome to my Digital Portfolio!

This site serves to share and document my work as a professor, researcher, learner, writer, and consultant. 

Elvira is a writer and a public and digital humanist. Currently, she is a National Endowment for the Humanities postdoctoral fellow specializing in Latin American and Caribbean literature and LatinX studies. She received her BA from the Universidad de la Habana in 2014 and her doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 2022. 

Her dissertation explores how various twentieth and twenty-first-century Cuban and Cuban diaspora artists and writers have presented the Abakua Society—a Cuban religious male confraternity—and how the Society’s colonial legacies have shaped modern and contemporary cultural practices. In addition to her dissertation topic, she has also published essays on Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Felisberto Hernández, Junot Díaz, Nicolás Guillén, Cirilo Villaverde, Juan Francisco Manzano, Manuel Mendive, Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal, and Eduardo Roca (Choco) in peer reviewed journals such as The Latin Americanist, Cuban Studies, the Afro-Hispanic Review, Voces del Caribe, and others. 


Her work as a research assistant in the Slave Societies Digital Archive (SSDA), as an interpreter for the Vanderbilt University School of Law’s Immigration Practice Clinic (“IPC”), and as a community volunteer with Children of Hispanic Immigrants Collaborating to Overcome Stress (CHICOS) motivated her to create a searchable database of selected artworks made by LatinX artists, known as ContArte Latinoamerica (CAL). Under the umbrella of CAL, she is developing HEART: Unifying Communities, an interdisciplinary and trans-institutional workshop that links Spanish creative writing, English as a second language, and textile art—as alternative means of expression. 

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