Solimar  Otero 
Associate Professor
Bachelor's Degree(s): University of California, Berkeley
Master's Degree: University of Pennsylvania
PhD: University of Pennsylvania
Phone: (225) 578-3046
Office: 223-C Allen Hall


Solimar Otero is Associate Professor of English and a Folklorist at Louisiana State University. Her research centers on gender, sexuality, Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and Yoruba traditional religion in folklore, literature, and ethnography.  She is the author of Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World, (University of Rochester Press, 2013, 2010).  She is also the co-editor of Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas (SUNY Press 2013), which was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Albert J. Raboteau book prize.  Dr. Otero is the recipient of a Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund grant (2013); a fellowship at the Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program, (2009 to 2010); and a Fulbright award (2001). She is currently working on a book, Afrolatino Religious Performance: Affect and Ritual in Cuba.  This project investigates how vernacular performances and narratives in Afro-Cuban religions create a layered Cuban transnationalism.  Her work has also appeared in Western Folklore, Africa Today, The Black Scholar, Atlantic Studies, Phoebe, and The American Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Selected Publications




Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World. Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2010.
Kindle and paperback editions, 2013.

Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas co-edited with Toyin Falola. Albany: State University of New York Press (SUNY), 2013.
Short listed for the 2014 Albert J. Raboteau book prize.


Book Chapters and Journal Articles:


“Yemayá y Ochún: Queering the Vernacular Logics of the Waters,” in Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas, edited by Otero and Falola. Albany: SUNY Press, 2013, pp. 85 – 112.

“The ruins of Havana: representations of memory, religion, and gender,” Atlantic Studies, June 2012, 9(2): 143 – 163.

“Santeria Health Systems: Looking at ‘La Limpieza’ An Ethnographic Study of Yoruba-Cuban Folk Medicine,” Louisiana Folklore Miscellany XVIII (2008): 4 – 21.

“Getting There and Back: The Road, the Journey and Home in Nuyorican Diaspora Literature.” In Writing Of(f) the Hyphen: Critical Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, eds. Jose L. Torres-Padilla  and Carmen H. Rivera. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2008: 274 -292.


Courses offered by Dr. Otero at LSU

English / Anthropology 2423, Introduction to Folklore
English / Anthropology 3401, The Study of Folklore
English 4480, Folklore and Literature
English 4493, Women and Folklore
English 7423, Topics in Folklore: Afro-Caribbean Folklore and Literature
Comparative Literature 7139, Topics: Gender, Ritual, Sexuality and Caribbean Lit
African and African American Studies 3902, African Religions in the Diaspora
Film and Media Arts 3001: Cuban Cinema


Curriculum Vitae