Marie Cruz Soto is interested in the history, cultures, and interactions of the Americas. Her work focuses on identity negotiations, postcolonial and feminist theory, spatial and historical narrations, nationalism, empire studies, coloniality in the Americas, community formations and transnational networks. At Gallatin, she has taught the courses Feminism, Empire and Postcoloniality, Narrating Memory, History and Place, Boundaries and Transgressions, and The U.S. Empire and the Americas. She is working on a book titled Inhabiting Isla Nena, 1514-2003: Imperial Formations, Historical Narrations and Vieques, Puerto Rico which delves into the five-century struggle of peoples to inhabit the Caribbean island of Vieques and of empires to control it.
B.A., Puerto Rico, 2000 M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002 Ph.D. History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2008