Angelica A. Nelson joins the University of Mississippi as the Visiting Croft Assistant Professor of Spanish. She was born in St. Charles, Illinois. She received her B.A. (2007) and M.A. (2011) in Spanish from the University of New Mexico. In 2016, she graduated with a M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. She received a Doctoral Evidence Acquisition (DEA) Fellowship (Summer 2016) from FIU and joined the faculty as a Visiting Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Modern Languages within the Steven J. Green School of International Affairs at FIU (Spring 2017).
Angelica specializes in letters written by Spanish women during the sixteenth-century and epistolary novels written by women from Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, and Panama during the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. She examines the epistolary mode and its narrative as a space for women to exercise agency and negotiate the conflicts and contradictions of their domestic and public sphere. Her analysis of actual letters and female-authored epistolary novels written by Fernán Caballero in 19th century Spain, Teresa de la Parra in early 20th century Venezuela, and Gloria Guardia in Panama and Elena Poniatowska in Mexico in the late 20th century combines epistolary, dialogical, and feminist theories spanning a large historical and transatlantic area (Spain and Latin America). Her work contributes to the scholarship of women's literary production in the field of Spanish and Latin American epistolary literature.