Dixa Ramírez is Assistant Professor of transnational African American literatures in the American Studies and English departments. She received her B.A. at Brown in Comparative Literature (focus on Japanese and Latin American literatures) and her Ph.D. at UC San Diego in Literature (focus on Hispanophone and Francophone Caribbean literatures). She returns to Brown after a few years on the faculty at Yale University.
Her first book, Colonial Phantoms: Belonging and Refusal in the Dominican Americas, from the 19th Century to the Present, argues that dominant Western discourses have ghosted the Dominican Republic despite its central place in the architecture of the Americas. It received the 2019 Barbara Christian Literary Award from the Caribbean Studies Association and the 2019 Isis Duarte Book Prize from the Haiti/Dominican Republic section at the Latin American Studies Association. Ramírez’s work has been published in Atlantic Studies, The Black Scholar, Comparative Literature, Small Axe, Avidly, and in the Dominican media. She is also on the Editorial Committee of Small Axe.
She is in the midst of manifesting her second book, Mountain Indigeneity, Horror, and the Photographic Negative.