Solimar Otero

Solimar Otero

Professor, Folklore and Ethnomusicology


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1997
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1994

Research interests

  • gender, sexuality, Afro-Caribbean spirituality, and Yoruba traditional religion in folklore, literature, and ethnography

Courses recently taught

  • Afro-Caribbean Folklore and Literature (grad seminar)
  • Gender, Ritual, Sexuality, and Caribbean Literature (grad seminar)
  • Performance Studies (grad seminar)
  • African Religions in the Diaspora
  • Introduction to Folklore
  • The Study of Folklore
  • Folklore and Literature
  • Women and Folklore
  • Cuban Cinema
  • Multi-Ethnic and Latinx Folklore

Awards & Distinctions

  • Louisiana State University Distinguished Faculty Award, 2018
  • Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund Fellowship, Research in Cuba and at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2013
  • Research Associate and Visiting Faculty, Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School, 2009-2010 academic year
  • Fulbright IIE Grant for Research in Nigeria (2000)

Publication highlights

  • Archives of Conjure: Afro-Latinx Residual Transcriptions of the Dead, Columbia University Press, 2020.
  • Critical Folkloristics: Critical and Ethical Approaches for the 21st Century, co-edited with Mintzi-Martinez Rivera, Indiana University Press, in press, est. pub. date 2021.
  • Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World. Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2010. Kindle and paperback editions, 2013.
  • Yemoja: Gender, Sexuality, and Creativity in the Latina/o and Afro-Atlantic Diasporas, co-edited with Toyin Falola. Albany: State University of New York Press (SUNY), 2013. Short listed for the 2014 Albert J. Raboteau book prize.
  • “In the Water with Erinle: Siren Songs and Performance in Caribbean Southern Ports,” Southern Quarterly, Summer 2018, 55(4):144-162.
  • “Residual Transcriptions: Ruth Landes and the Archive of Conjure,” Transforming Anthropology, April 2018, 26(1): 3-17.
  • Special Editor, (with Mintzi Martínez-Rivera), “Introduction: Poder y Cultura, Latinx Folklore and Popular Culture,” Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures 2 (1), Fall 2017, pp. 6 – 15. Selected for the Project Muse Journal of the Month (February 2018).
  • “Traveling Transcriptions, Unfinished Stories, and the Living Archive,” Afro-Hispanic Review, (2018).
  • “Crossing Spirits, Negotiating Cultures: Transmigration, Transculturation, and Interorality in Cuban Espiritismo,” in The Caribbean Oral Tradition: Literature, Performance, and Practice, edited by Hanetha Vete-Congolo. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 85 – 107.
  • “Entre las aguas / Between the Waters: Interorality in Cuban Vernacular Religious Storytelling,” The Journal of American Folklore, Spring 2015, 128 (508): 195 – 221.