Cathryn   J.  Merla-Watson

Assistant Professor  

Dr. Catie J. Merla-Watson

I hold an MA in English Literature and a Ph.D. in American Studies.





Selected Publications


  • Cathryn Merla-Watson and Ben Olguín . Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture (Aztlan Anthology). UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center in conjunction with University of Washington Press, 2017.

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson and Ben Olguín . "Altermundos: Reassessing the Past, Present, and Future of the Latin@ Speculative Arts," Book Chapter:Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture (Aztlan Anthology) . UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, no. 1st April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017: 1-36.

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "“(Trans)Mission Possible: Project MASA, Chican@futurism, and Hallucinating Altermundos," Chapter in a book:Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture (Aztlan Anthology). Washington : UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center in conjunction with University of Washington Press, no. 1st April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017: 352-370.

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "The Altermundos of Latin@ Speculative Fiction," Alluvium: 21st Century Writing, 21st Century Approaches: Alluvium (March 2017).

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. Review essay of Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings. By Juana María Rodríguez. San Antonio, Texas: The Bilingual Review/La Revisit Bilingüe , 33, no. 4 January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017: 95-98.

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson and Ben Olguín . "Aztlan Thematic Dossier: Latin@ Speculative Aesthetics ," AZTLÁN: A JOURNAL OF CHICANO STUDIES 40, no. 2 (March 2016): 143- 268 .

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson and Ben Olguín . "From the Horrific to the Utopic: Pan-Latin@ Speculative Poetics and Politics," AZTLÁN: A JOURNAL OF CHICANO STUDIES 41, no. 1 (March 2016): 143-154.

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "Staging Darker Desires: BDSM and the Coloniality of Affect in Lorna Dee Cervantes’s Ciento," Las Vegas, Nevada: MELUS 41, no. 1 (February 2016): 193-217.

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson, Ben Olguín, "Two-part thematic dossier on Latin@ Speculative Aesthetics ," AZTLÁN: A JOURNAL OF CHICANO STUDIES 40, no. 2 (September 2015): 127-257.

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson and Ben Olguín. "¡Latin@futurism Ahora!: Recovering, Remapping, and Recentering the Chican@ and Latin@ Speculative Arts," LA, California: AZTLÁN: A JOURNAL OF CHICANO STUDIES 40, no. 2 (September 2015).



Selected Presentations


  • Marisa Knox, Friederike Bruehoefener, Linda English, Cathryn Merla-Watson, and Ernesto Ramirez. " Teaching Gender: Incorporating a Gendered Lens into the Classroom ," NEXUS - THE CLA’s RESEARCH, TEACHING, & SERVICE SYMPOSIUM, College of Liberal Arts, Brownsville, TX (April 2018)

  • Cathryn Watson. "Interpreting Hamlet in the Borderlands ," Latinx Shakespeare , UTRGV and Texas A&M-San Antonio, Texas A&M-San Antonio (April 2018)

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "The Altermundos of Latin@futurism ," Distinguished Faculty Colloquim , Office for the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Diversity and University Library, UTRGV Library-Edingburg (February 2018)

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "Chicanx Goth in the Age of Trump: The Perform-Antics of Prayers and Zombie Bazaar ," Pedagogies of Dissent , American Studies Association, Chicago (November 2017)

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "en ese terrible día…: Performing the Trans-American Gothic in Carlos Motta’s Réquiem," U.S. COLOMBIANIDADES AND THE FUTURE OF LATINX STUDIES, Williams College, Williamstown, MA (October 2017)

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Aesthetics ," Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker Series , The Center for Mexican American Studies and South Texas College Library, South Texas College (September 2017)

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "Queer Assembly, Perform-Antics, and The Gothic Gestures of Zombie Bazaar," Gothic Traditions & Departures , International Gothic Association, (UDLAP) Cholula, Mexico (July 2017)

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "Latinx Sci-Fi and Decoloniality," “Decolonizing/Deconstructing the walls/borders/spaces/bodies, Indigenous Research Symposium, UTRGV (May 2017)

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "Apocalyptic Affect and Perform-Antics in Recent Queer Latinx Literature and Performance,," Latinx Lives, Matters, and Imaginaries , 3rd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory & Criticism Conference, John Jay School of Criminal Justice (April 2017)

  • Cathryn Merla-Watson. "Beyond Blood: ‘Chromo-sovereignty’ in Purple Eyes," Relational Histories, Inter-Ethnic Alliances: Chican@/x Coalition Politics in Tejas, NACCS TEJAS FOCO, Texas A&M University, College Station (February 2017)

Current Courses

ENGL 2351 90L - Intro to Mexican American Lit:
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ENGL 4317 01R - Mexican American Literature:
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ENGL 4317 90L - Mexican American Literature:
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MASC 2351 90L - Intro to Mexican American Lit:
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ENGL 2341 90L - Intro to Literature:
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MASC 2351 90L - Intro to Mexican American Lit:
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MASC 4317 90L - Mexican-American Literature:
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ENGL 2351 90L - Intro to Mexican American Lit:
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ENGL 2351 91L - Intro to Mexican American Lit:
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ENGL 4314 90L - Adv Topics Comptemp Poetry:
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MASC 2351 91L - Intro to Mexican American Lit:
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MASC 4317 01R - Mexican-American Literature:
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