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

Languages: 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.