Oleski Miranda Navarro

Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies World Languages

I am from Cabimas, the center of the oil industry in Venezuela and a place where extractivism has led to social and economic marginalization. Trained as a sociologist and anthropologist in the Latin American tradition, I have studied, taught and travelled abroad extensively. These opportunities to engage with different communities and peoples have allowed me to develop deep, cross-cultural connections, which directly inform my pedagogical practices.


Ph.D. Hispanic Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
AFHEA certification Associate Fellow, UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)
M.A. in Anthropology and Development, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile
B.A. in Sociology, Universidad del Zulia (LUZ), Maracaibo, Venezuela


ACA Fellow. The Appalachian College Association

Bernard L. Majewski Fellow. University of Wyoming American Heritage Center

Wallenberg Foundation Grant

Freistat Center Grant

Violet M. Jaeke Family Fund Award

Grant (SLAS) The Society for Latin American Studies

Santander Research Award for Doctoral Studies


In addition to a decade of teaching in higher education in the United States and Scotland, I have also been a guest lecturer at universities in Argentina, Japan, and Sweden.


My research covers Latin American racial thought in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as migration and extractivism, focusing on narratives of extraction from communities that have been affected by the exploitation of natural resources. I have also recently begun to explore the intersection of AI and Spanish language literature, researching differences in how machine learning models and humans interpret language and cultural data.


“Las colonias suecas de Argentina y Cuba: desplazamiento, comunidad y blanqueamiento en América Latina” in Raza, eugenesia y políticas públicas en América Latina, 1900-1950, ed by Iván Olaya Peláez et al. Bogotá: Universidad de Rosario Press, 2024.

“Devotion, Resilience and the Tale of a Slave Saint in a Venezuelan Oil Town” in Hemispheric Blackness: Bodies, Policies, and the Exigency of Accountability in the Afro-Américas, ed by Jennifer Gómez Menjívar and Héctor Ramos Flores. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2023.

“Crudo y denuncia: la migración negra en la novela del petróleo en Venezuela (1935-1936)” in El discurso como herramienta de control social, ed by Teresa Fernández Ulloa et al. London: Peter Lang Press, 2023.

“José Martí” in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies ed. by Jeremy Tambling. London: Palgrave McMillan, 2022.


“José Martí: la organización política y el problema de la raza en el preámbulo de la guerra de independencia cubana”. Periphērica: Journal of Social, Cultural, and Literary History, N° 3 Vol. 1, 2023

“Cabimas: narrativas sociales de una marginalidad confusa. Clamor y resistencia de un municipio petrolero de Venezuela.” Cuadernos Nacionales, N° 32 enero-junio, 2023


“The Occupation of Havana, War, Trade and Slavery in the Atlantic World”, Elena Schneider, 2018. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. The University of Pennsylvania Press Journal, Vol. 62. Numbers 3-4. Fall 2023


Presenter at Art and Humanities in Digital Transition Conference, 6-7 July 2023. Nova Universidad de Lisboa. Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Paper presenter: “Visualizing Gender: AI Interpretations of Latin American Literary Tropes.”

Presenter at I International Congress: Humanities at Present. Caracas, Venezuela. Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 29-30 May 2023. Paper presenter: “Race and Pedagogy: Rereading Martí and Mistral for Childhood Education.”

Guest Lecturer at Cátedra Abierta, School of Sociology. Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina, August 3, 2022. Paper: “El ensayo enfermo en Latinoamérica. Un abordaje sociológico.”

Presenter at VII Simposio internacional sobre ideología, política y reivindicaciones en lengua, literatura y cine en español. Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, 1-3 June 2022. Paper: “Crudo y denuncia: la migración negra en la novela del petróleo en Venezuela (1935-1936).”

Presenter at Jornada de estudio Políticas públicas y control de la población: políticas de “mejoramiento racial” en América Latina durante la primera mitad del siglo XX. Université de Paris- Diderot, Paris, France, 9-10 November 2021. Paper presented: “José Martí sobre la inmigración en los Estados Unidos.”


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