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    Alejandra Ortega is an Assistant Professor of English at the College of DuPage. A scholar of Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature, she has previously held a fellowship with the American Association of University Women. Her research areas include spatial theory, ecocriticism, postcolonial theory, gender, and narratology.

    Alejandra has experience as instructor-of-record for composition and literature courses at the community college, middle school, and university academic levels.

    Outside of academia, she also has professional experience in academic publishing and political writing. She was an editorial assistant and production manager for the academic journal, Modern Fiction Studies. She was also a writer for the Michigan House of Representatives, where she managed 8 incumbent representatives (speeches, newsletters, and press conferences), as well as 3 candidates.


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    Peer-Reviewed Publications:

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    • “‘Prompted by the Violence of her Passion’: Gendered Crime in the 18th Century and Eliza Haywood’s Love in Excess.” The 18th Century Common. July 24, 2019:

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    • “The Cultural Critique of American Patriarchal Capitalism in Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage.” Michigan Salvage: Bonnie Jo Campbell and the American Midwest, edited by Lisa DuRose, Ross Tangedel, and Andy Oler. Michigan State University Press, 2023.


    • “A Cursed Circle: Confronting Patriarchal and Colonizing Legacies in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic.” Studies in the Novel (Fall 2024)

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