Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Rebeca Hey-Colón

Research FellowPh.D., Harvard University

CMAS Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellow
Rebeca Hey-Colón



Latinx Studies; Caribbean Studies; Border Studies; Spirituality; Gender Studies


Rebeca L. Hey-Colón is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Colby College, where she teaches Caribbean and Latinx Studies. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Haverford College and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Harvard University. Hey-Colón's research establishes connections between the Caribbean diaspora, Chicanx communities, and broader Latinx Studies by analyzing the presence of water. Her current book project, Rippling Borders in Latina Literature, explores the relationship between water, borders, bodies, and spirituality in Chicana and Caribbean Latina authors. Her work is forthcoming in Latino StudiesSmall Axe, and the edited collection The Image of the River in Latin/o American Literature. 


MAS 311 • Ethncty & Gender: La Chicana

35600 • Spring 2018
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM GDC 4.302
(also listed as AMS 315, SOC 308D, WGS 301)


This course centers on the experiences of Chicanas and Latinas in the United States in the late 20th and early 21st century. Through interaction with literature, film, and historical/archival material we will craft an evolving understanding of how ethnicity, gender, race, class, language, citizenship, and other variables can simultaneously create community and cause rifts within the Latina population. Special emphasis will be placed on Chicanas, Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans, and Dominican-Americans. By the end of the course you will have acquired an overall understanding of the particularities of each group, as well as of the common experiences they share.

 Sample Readings (subject to change)

 The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

 How to Leave Hialeah by Jeannine Capó Crucet

 Soledad by Angie Cruz

 West Side Story (film)

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