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Graduate Research Assistant
English and Comparative Literature

Dailihana Alfonseca is a Puerto Rican and Dominican-Northern American writer in a Southern World. Her Afro-Caribbean origin serves as the inspiration for both her research and her written works.

She is currently attaining her M.A. in English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Her Research focuses on finding the intersection of the literature of colonial/western assimilation, the psychological scope of depression and anxiety (sometimes registered as insanity) in the narrative illness of the stories, books, and poems of immigrant Latina/X/o writers, and finding ways to view the cultural impacts of the assimilative trauma experienced so that we may better be prepared to intervene on behalf of those seen as the marginalized “other” in westernized societies.

Currently, she is working towards building an accessible Afro-Caribbean Latina/X/o archive for future Afro-Caribbean and Latina/X/o scholars.

Her Short Story “Spanish Soap Operas Killed my Mother” was nominated for the Pushcart prize. Her poem, “English as A Second Language,” is available to read at