Antoinette Hertel, Ph.D.

Antoinette Hertel, Ph.D.


Modern Languages BK LI


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Ph.D., Latin American Literature, New York University

M.Phil., Latin American Literature, New York University

B.A., Spanish & French, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Antoinette Hertel is a professor of Spanish and chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages. She joined the faculty at St. Joseph’s College in 2002. Her research focuses on constructions of identity in Latin American and US Latino literature, particularly in imaginative narrative genres such as magic realism and science fiction. Dr. Hertel taught Spanish at New York University while completing her doctoral studies. At St. Joseph’s College, she teaches a variety of topics in language, literature, film and culture. Courses she teaches in her specialty include: The City of Borges, From Macondo to McOndo, US Latino Literature & Culture, and Latin America at the Crossroads.

Professor Hertel has a passion for language and global learning. She regularly leads the SJC study abroad program at the Universidad de San Martín in Buenos Aires, and the global service-learning program in Nicaragua. She served as Director of the SJC Office Global Studies from 2012-2014, and has led a global studies faculty learning community reading leading-edge literature in the field. She spent her junior year abroad at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, her final undergraduate semester at the Sorbonne in Paris, and her 2010 sabbatical conducting research while living in Buenos Aires. While living in New York City for the past 25 years, she has traveled extensively throughout the Americas.

Scholarly & Professional Interests

  • Contemporary Latin American and US Latino literary and cultural studies
  • The territorialization of the imaginary
  • Human rights storytelling
  • Global citizenship and intercultural competence
  • Study abroad and service-learning


"Al fin me encuentro con mi destino sudamericano."
— J.L. Borges, Poema conjetural 

"Never trust a poet."
— Cristina García, The Lady Matador's Hotel