Daniel A. Romero Suárez


Who Am I?


Hi! I am a Medical Humanities scholar who researches the depictions of illness in contemporary Latin American literature. My work has an emphasis on revealing the overlooked connections between individual maladies and the communal history of precariousness and political violence in Latin America. My findings show new ways of understanding health and disease that can shape future medical approaches in the region.

My scholarship interweaves Literary Studies, Queer Theory, Medical Anthropology, and Memory Studies in the Global South to reflect on how the Western, scientific medicine—also known as biomedicine—has hidden traditions of pain and suffering under the disguise of an allegedly objective language of health and sickness.

At Vanderbilt University, I have acquired a solid education in Latin American literatures and critical theory. I'm currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where I will defend my dissertation "Poéticas de la enfermedad: biomedicina, violencia política y poesía en América Latina (1970-2020)" [Poetics of Sickness: Biomedicine, Political Violence, and Poetry in Latin America (1970-2020)] by May 2021.

My dissertation is an interdisciplinary study that was granted a Robert Penn Warren Fellowship. The award supports my research by bringing together a community of outstanding scholars throughout 2020-2021 to allow them to dedicate themselves full-time to their dissertations. During work sessions with specialists in varied fields, my research transcends the areas from which it departs and engages in vibrant discussions that expand my horizons and the frontiers of my conclusions. Additionally, continuous dialogue enriches my collaborative, listening, and communicative skills.

An underlying principle of my scholarship is that language is a valuable mourning and healing tool for communities. In my role as a Curb Public Scholar, my university-backed community project, "Poesía en Nashville" [Poetry in Nashville], seeks to provide the Spanish-speaking community with a safe space to tell their stories and be active agents in constructing collective memory during the Covid-19 pandemic. 



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Daniel A. Romero Suárez


|||Ph.D. Candidate ||| R.P.W. Fellow ||| Curb Public Scholar|||


daniel​.a​.romero​.suarez​@vanderbilt​.edu

Deparment of Spanish and Portuguese


(Vanderbilt University)