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Adriana Estill

Director of American Studies, American Studies
Professor of English and American Studies, English

Education & Professional History

Stanford University, BA; Cornell University, MA, PhD

At Carleton since 2003.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Forthcoming: “Don’t Look Away: The Bodies of American Studies,” in Teaching American Studies: State of the Classroom as State of the Field, University of Kansas Press.


  • “Telenovelas and Melodrama in Latin America.” Oxford Bibliographies inLatin American Studies”. Ed. Ben Vinson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • “Yearning to Belong, Drawn to be Mexican: Hollywood Depictions of White Lack and Mexican Affective Fullness,” with Lee Bebout, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 43.2 (Fall 2018) 103-35.

In the works:

  • “Telenovela Feeling in Sandra Cisneros’s Loose Woman” [to be included in an edited collection on Sandra Cisneros’s work]
  • “Latinx Melodrama: Jane the Virgin, Vida, and the Twenty-First Century Audiovisual Narratives” [to be included in the Cambridge Latinx Literature in Transition volume]
  • “Telenovelas on U.S. Prime Time: Brown Feeling Mediated” [to be submitted to Meridians]

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Studies Association, Latin American Studies Association, Latina/o Studies Association, National Association of Chicano/a Studies, The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States

Current Courses

  • Fall 2021
    AMST 115: Introduction to American Studies
    AMST 225: Beauty and Race in America
    AMST 398: Advanced Research in American Studies
  • Winter 2022
    AMST 399: Senior Seminar in American Studies
  • Spring 2022
    ENGL 295: Critical Methods
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Curriculum Vitae