You are here: Home / People / Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Caroline D. Eckhardt Early Career Professor of Comparative Literature and Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

445 Burrowes Bldg.

Curriculum Vitae

Download CV


  1. PhD, New York University, 2012
  2. MA, New York University, 2007
  3. BA, George Washington University, 2005


My research centers on African and Latin American literatures, with a focus on the intersection of large-scale frameworks—including World Literature, the Global Anglophone, and in particular the Global South—with local and regional specificities. I have published essays on such topics as women’s writing in nineteenth-century Argentina, the function of the fetish in representations of the African dictator, Africa and science fiction, and magical realism in the South Atlantic. My first book, The Dictator Novel: Writers and Politics in the Global South (Northwestern UP, 2019)is a comparative study of novels about dictators in the post-independence literatures of Latin America and Africa. The manuscript received a 2018 Helen Tartar First Book Subvention award from the American Comparative Literature Association. My current book project looks at genre and the role of genre fiction in twenty-first century literature from the African continent and its most recent diaspora.

In addition to these research projects, I am co-director of the digital platform Global South Studies, have served as guest editor for an issue of The Global South ("Dislocations," 7.2; 2013), and am a founding member of the executive committee for the forum on the Global South (CLCS; G152) at the Modern Language Association and served as chair of this committee in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.

Before joining Penn State in 2015, I was an Early Career Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center (2014-2015) and Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Mississippi, where I taught courses on World Literature and postcolonial studies (2012-2015). I received my Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2012.