Marika Preziuso

Marika Preziuso is Associate Professor of World Literature at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She holds a PhD in Literature from the Caribbean Diaspora and an MA in Gender, Society and Culture, both from the University of London, UK. Prior to discovering her calling as a teacher,
Marika studied for and worked as a translator. She brings to her teaching the sensitivity of a translator of cultures, by designing classes that examine
dynamics of cultural differences and create space for cross-cultural understanding. Her published research and teaching focus on contemporary Western imaginaries of ‘otherness’ and how the works of diasporic artists and creative writers (Wangechi Mutu, Doris Salcedo, Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat, among others) critique and expand such imaginaries. At MassArt, Marika teaches postcolonial and comparative literature, literature and visual arts from the African diaspora, and speculative fiction that tackles social justice issues. Her instructional approach emphasizes the cultural and social analysis of literary and visual texts across cultures.