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Maria Gabriela Nouzeilles

  • Spanish and Portuguese
Position: Professor
Title: Emory L. Ford Professor of Spanish. Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Director, Program in Latin American Studies.
  • Modern and Contemporary Spanish America
Office: 348 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-8176
Office Hours: Tuesday 2-3pm East Pyne; room 348 and Wednesdays 12-1pm at Aaron Burr; room 312


Gabriela Nouzeilles (B.A., Buenos Aires University; Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is Emory L. Ford Professor of Spanish and Professor at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Before joining Princeton University, she taught at the University of Buenos Aires, Nottingham (UK), and Duke University. She was co-founder and executive editor of the interdisciplinary journal Nepantla Views from South (Duke U.P.). Her publications address a wide range of topics, including scientific and literary fictions of pathology, modern travel cultures, photography, and documentary film and memory. Her book Ficciones somáticas (Somatic Fictions, 2000) studies the interplay of medical, literary, and visual narratives of disease in late nineteenth-century Argentine culture.   She is the editor of La naturaleza en disputa. Retóricas del cuerpo y el paisaje (2002) and co-editor of The Argentina Reader (2004) and the art catalogue The Itinerant Languages of Photography (Princeton and Yale U.P., 2013). Her most recent book, Of Other Places: Patagonia and the Production of Nature (Duke U.P., forthcoming), studies the modern production of natural spaces, and traces the textual and visual inventions of “Patagonia” as an alternative geography, outside modernity. She is currently working on a new book, The Afterlife of Images, on the relationship between photography and other media in the work of Latin American writers and artists such as Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Julio Cortázar, Salvador Elizondo, Diamela Eltit, and Frida Kahlo.

International collaboration has been at the core of her professional career. In 2010, she co-directed with Professor Eduardo Cadava the international research project The Itinerant Languages of Photography, which studied the movement essential to photography—as a practice and as an ever-expanding archive—and its capacity to circulate across time and space as well as across other media, in collaboration with research institutions and archival collections in Spain, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina. The project closed with a photography exhibition at the Princeton Art Museum (September 7, 2013-January 19, 2014), with photographic materials from the Instituto Moreira Salles and the Biblioteca Nacional (Rio, Brazil), SINAFO (Mexico), the private collection Foto Colectania (Barcelona, Spain), and private collections from the United States and Latin America.  

Service to Princeton
Department Chair, Spanish and Portuguese, 2008-2015

Director of Princeton in Argentina (summer study abroad program), 2013-present

Director of Graduate Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, 2004-2008

Council of the Humanities, Executive Committee, 2010-2012; 2013-2014.

PLAS Executive Committee, 2005-2008

Selection of Recent Publications:
"Touching the Real. Alternative Travel and Landscape of Fear," in Writing Travel: the poetics and politics of the modern journey edited by John Zilcosky (Toronto, Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 2008)

Recent Publications

1. The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America in Translation)
2. The Itinerant Languages of Photography
The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America in Translation)The Itinerant Languages of Photography