Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Hortensia Calvo

Doris Stone Director - The Latin American Library

Contact Info


  • Licenciatura, Philosophy, Universidad de Los Andes, Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia, 1980
  • M.A., Spanish and Spanish American Literature, University of Illinois, 1984
  • Ph.D., Yale University, Spanish, 1990

Academic Experience

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke University, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, Princeton University, 1990-1996

Research & Teaching Specializations: Spanish American literary Baroque, social history of colonial books/print culture

Related Experience

  • Director, The Latin American Library, Tulane University, 2003-
  • Librarian for Latin America and Iberia, Perkins Library, Duke University, 1999-2002
  • Interim Ibero-American and Caribbean Studies Bibliographer, Perkins Library, Duke Unviersity, 1997-1999
  • Board of Directors, Fundacion Amistad, 1999-


  • Summer Research Grants, Princeton University, 1992, 1993, 1994
  • Research Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 1988
  • Edward A. and Samuel C. Suisman Fellowship, Yale University, 1986-1987


  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese

Selected Publications

  • 2003. “The Politics of Print: The Historiography of the Book in Early Spanish America.” Book History. 5.
  • 2001. “The Luis Angel Arango Library.” In International Dictionary of Library Histories. Chicago: Fitzroy-Dearborn.
  • 1997. “Communicating in the Library of Babel.” Duke University Libraries. 11 (1): 8-12.
  • 1993. “El Carnero segun Juana Garcia: una manga afrofeminina de la historia colombiana.” Dispositio XVIII (44): 99-124.





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Upcoming Events

Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.