María del Mar Rosa-Rodríguez-Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

María del Mar Rosa-Rodríguez

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
160 Baker Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: BH 125A
Phone: (412) 268-8051
Fax: (412) 268-1328
Department Member Since: 2011


I always wonder what is the right thing to put in these self-defining statements, since my research is always drawn to the undefined identities and the subjects of hybridity. So forgive my intentional usage of both Spanish and English, that might communicate better the nature of my work.

I completed my PhD in Literatura Española at Emory University in Atlanta, GA on 2009, but my alma mater will always be the Universidad de Puerto Rico (Recinto de Río Piedras) where I completed my BA in Estudios Hispánicos in 2003. It was in the colonial and mudéjar structures of the buildings of UPR where I first discovered the beauty of an España full of diversity and plurality.

I specialize in la literatura del Siglo de Oro which I prefer to call "Siglo del Otro," since the undefined and impure subjects of the Spanish Golden Age seem more appealing to me than the imperial constructions of cristianos viejos, hidalgos, castizos and puros de sangre. My book manuscript is titled Religiosidades en tránsito: el simulacro aljamiado en la Península Ibérica and focuses on the hybridity of religion between Muslims, Christians and Jews in 16th Century Spain. I have concentrated my research to Aljamiado texts that are written in one language with the alphabet of another language. These texts are the quintessential expression of Spain's hybridity since their language is not Arabic, Hebrew or Spanish but it is something in between. The content of these writings is plural as well, since we find religiosities that cannot be defined under the three main religions.

I try to incorporate my research into the classroom setting not only because I feel that research and teaching go hand in hand; but also because the issues of 16th Century Spain are very relevant to our 21st Century world. Some of my teaching interests include Medieval Literature and Culture; Spanish Golden Age Literature and Culture; Religion and Literature; Judeo-Spanish and Judeo-Arabic Literatures; the three cultures in Spain (Jewish, Muslim and Christian); Colonial trans-Atlantic Literatures; Puerto Rican Literature and Culture; Architectures of Andalusia.


  • “Religiosities in Linguistic Transit: Religious and Linguistic Hybridity in Spanish Golden Age.” in Hybridity in Spanish Culture Volume. ed by María P. Tajes. Newcastle UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011, pags. 1-20.
  • “Simulation and Dissimulation: Religious Hybridity in a Morisco Fatwa.” Medieval Encounters 16, 2010, pags.143-182.
  • “Un proyecto de tolerancia: intención, dogma y la historia del otro.” in Escribir lo divino. ed. Angel L. Rosa-Vélez. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Editorial Isla Negra, 2009.
  • "Seducción gótica vs modernidad en Aura de Carlos Fuentes." Revista de literatura mexicana contemporánea Julio-Septiembre 2006, Año XI volumen 12, Nº. 30, 2006, pags. 17-26

Awards and Fellowships

  • 2010-2011 Purdue University Internationalization Research Grant
  • 2008-2009 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation / ACLS Early Career Fellowship Program Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • 2008-2009 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation/ Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (alternate)
  • 2007- 2008 Howard Hughes Teacher/Scholar Fellowship
  • 2007- 2008 Emory University Dean's Teaching Excellence Award


  • "Terror of Tolerance: Muslim-Catholic religiosities in 16th Century Spain" Midwest Modern Language Association Convention. Chicago IL. November 2-4, 2010
  • "Convivencia y Terror: religiosidades encontradas en la producción aljamiada" Convivencia: a Symposium on Christian, Jews and Moors in Medieval Spain. Texas Tech University, Lubbock,TX. September 10-12, 2010.
  • "Lo morisco, lo aljamiado y la hibridez religiosa" Guest speaker for a Literature and Religion Class in the School of Humanities. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, PR. March 10, 2010
  • "Simulated Religiosities:" Aljamiado Literature and a Morisco Fatwa." 16th Annual Conference on Ibero-American Culture and Society: "Moros, Moriscos, Marranos y Mestizos: Alterity, Hybridity & Identity in Diaspora. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. February 25- 27, 2010.
  • "Simulations and Dissimulations: Muslims, Jews and Christians in 16th Century Spain." Brown Bag Research Talk. Purdue University Calumet. Hammond IN. October 10,2009.
  • "Un proyecto de tolerancia: intención, dogma y la historia del otro." Primer Simposio Bienal Gamaliel Ortiz Nieves. Bayamón, Puerto Rico. January 30-31, 2009 4-6, 2004.
  • "Unstable Identities:" between a Morisco fatwa and Morisco Literature in 16th Century Spain." 123rd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA), New York City, NY. January 2-5, 2009.
  • "Sacred Languages and Profane Texts": Surveilance, Inquisition, and Aljamiado Production. 59th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky. April 20-22, 2006.
  • "Religions in Transit": the "simulacra" of Aljamiado in the Iberian Peninsula. Subjects in Transit in the Americas and Spain, Columbia University and New York University, N.Y. April 7-8, 2006.
  • "Sex Between Author and Text: Consumption of the Author/Character in La Lozana Andaluza by Francisco Delicado". Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Association, Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. November 18-21, 2004
  • "La niebla de Delicado: autoría, exilio y conversión en La Lozana Andaluza de Francisco Delicado". Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington, Kentucky. April 14-16, 2004.
  • "Seducción gótica vs modernidad: en Aura de Carlos Fuentes". Congreso Nacional de Literatura Mexicana. El Paso, Texas. March 4-6, 2004.