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Amanda Ellis

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Assistant Professor

Amanda Ellis is an interdisciplinary researcher and assistant professor of Mexican American Literature and Culture. Her first book project draws from Chicana feminist theory to consider the literary history and significance of the figure of the curandera throughout Mexican American Literature. She has published in: Chicana/Latina Studies, Aztlán: The Journal of Chicano Studies, Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, and Western American Literature.



  • Ph.D., English, Rice University
  • M.A., English, Rice University
  • M.A., Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Barry University

Current Book Project

Cover of Dr. Ellis book "Letras y Limpias: Decolonial Medicine and Holistic Healing in Mexican American Literature" (Arizona University PressFall 2021) 


Classes Taught

  • ENGL 3301 
  • ENGL 3351 
  • ENGL 3361 
  • ENGL 4396  
  • ENGL 4371 
  • ENGL 4378

Research Interests

  • Mexican American Literature and Culture
  • American Literature post 1865
  • Chicana Feminism
  • Medical Humanities
  • Ethnic Studies

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