Sandra Jacobo

Sandra Jacobo
  • Graduate Research Assistant

Contact Info


Alessandra (Sandra) Jacobo is a PhD candidate in the English department. She is currently dissertating about Afro-Caribbean Speculative Fiction written by women and femme persons. Some of her pedagogical goals are to teach and present her students with Caribbean literature; highlighting other[ed] experiences of blackness in the United States


B.A. in English, Rutgers University
M.A. in English, Brooklyn College


Caribbean literature, Black Feminism, Speculative Fiction, Critical Race Theory, Culture Studies, Literary Analysis, Religion Studies, Afro-diasporic religions, Haitian Creole (intermediate)

Selected Presentations

“Celia Cruz: La Reina de Salsa y Afro-Latinidad” | The Unexpected Caribbean Symposium at the University of Kansas|Lawrence, Kansas | October 2018

“Anxieties of the Other: Gender Performativity and Displacement in Junot Diaz’s This is How You Lose Her.” | 2019 College Language Association (CLA) Convention at North Carolina Central University | Raleigh, North Carolina | April 2019

“Representations of Afro-Latinidad in the 20th and 21st Century” | Graduate Research Symposium at the University of Kansas | Lawrence, Kansas | April 2019

“The Spiritual Utility for Imagining Afro-Latinx Futures” | Planet Deep South at Clark University | Atlanta, Georgia | February 2020

“"Imagining an AfroLatinx Futurity with Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper " | 2021 College Language Association (CLA) Convention at The University of Memphis | Memphis, Tennessee | Scheduled for April 2020 (Postponed to April 2021 due COVID-19 Pandemic)

“Healing Colonial Scars Through Afro-Caribbean Futurisms” | 2021 Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Virtual Conference |April 8th-10th 2021

“Embodied Divergence and Other Modes of Resilience in An Unkindness of Ghosts" | 2022 Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Conference |New Orleans, Louisiana| March 23rd-28th 2022

“Imperceptible Afrodiasporic Genders” | 2022 National Women’s Studies Association Conference | Minneapolis, Minnesota | November 10th-13th 2022

Grants & Other Funded Activity

2022-2023 GRA for the Gunn Center (Spring 2023)