I work in the fields of literature, ecocriticism and environmental history, art history, and cultural studies, specializing in the multidisciplinary, comparative study of the Caribbean. Growing up in my native Puerto Rico, I became fascinated by the many cultural connections between Caribbean peoples despite our different histories and languages and have made that the subject of my research and teaching. I am based in the Hispanic Studies Department at Vassar College and am a member of the Programs in Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, International Studies, and Women’s Studies. I am currently working on The Amazon Parrots of the Caribbean: An Environmental Biography, a new book project, and on Lost Paris of the West Indies: Creative Responses to the 1902 Eruption of Martinique’s Mont Pelé Volcano

Download my Curriculum Vitae:  CV Paravisini


Contact me at:

Department of Hispanic Studies
Box 541
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
845 437-5611 (Office)
845 437-7025 (fax)

I invite you to visit Repeating Islands, the blog I write with my good friend and colleague Ivette Romero-Cesareo.