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Rosilie Hernández, PhD

Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Hispanic and Italian Studies

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

1610 UH


601 S. Morgan St.

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Rosilie Hernández’s research centers on recovering the historically suppressed perspectives and voices of women and other marginalized communities in the early modern period. The conceptual framework is historically grounded but equally invested in theoretical and theological debates on nominalism, emergent modernities, and subject formation. Focusing on literary and visual cultures, she has published extensively on Spanish early modern cultural production, including the pastoral, women writers, Cervantes, and religious communities.

She is currently the LAS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In this position, she oversees curricular policy and student success and retention initiatives. In 2019 she created First-at-LAS, an academic success program that celebrates first-generation student identity and assets.


Administrative Appointments


June 2017: LAS Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs

August 2015-May 2016: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Hispanic and Italian Studies

January 2011-August 2012: Director for the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics

May 2010-December 2010: Associate Director for the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics

August 2009-May 2010: Visiting Assistant Dean for Foreign Languages

April 2007-August 2009: Head, Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese

August 2006-April 2007: Director of Undergraduate Studies, Hispanic Studies Program


Selected Publications

Immaculate Conceptions: The Power of the Religious Imagination in Early Modern Spain. University of Toronto Press, 2019.

Bucolic Metaphors: History, Subjectivity, and Gender in the Early Modern Spanish Pastoral. Studies in the Romance Languages and Literatures Series, University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Reissued, April 1, 2018.

Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World. Co-edited with Anne J. Cruz. Vermont: Ashgate. June 2011. Winner of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women’s Collaborative Project Award, 2012.

Disciplines on the Line: Feminist Research on Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latina Women. Co-edited with Anne J. Cruz and Joyce Tolliver. Juan de la Cuesta, 2003.  Reissued, 2004.

Professional Leadership

President, GEMELA

Member of the Board, Cervantes Society of America

Member of the Board, Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry

Notable Honors

2023, Leadership Institute for a New Academy, Competitive, National, American Council of Learned Societies

2021-2022, Fellow, President's Executive Leadership Program, Competitive, System-wide, U of I System

2016-2017, Mid Career Award, Humanities Division, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

2014-2015, Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Humanities (UIC)

Fall, 2012, U.S. Germany International Education Administrator’s Program, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

2012, Award for Collaborative Project - for the book Women’s Literacy in Early Modern Spain and the New World (Ashgate, 2011)., Society for the Study of Early Modern Women

2000-2001, Fellowship, Project Title: Fantasies of Nation and State: Early Modern Spain and the Emergence of the Modern Subject, Newberry Library, Monticello College Foundation

1998, “Careers in the Early Modern Period: The Artist in an Age of Imperial Culture.” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers, Penn State University


1994-1998 University of California, Irvine, Ph.D., Spanish Literature. With high honors.
1991-1994 University of California, Irvine, M.A., Spanish Literature
1989 Universitá di Padova, Italy. Study Abroad Program.
1986-1990 Boston University, B.A., Art History, cum laude.

Professional Memberships

  • Cervantes Society of America
  • Renaissance Society of America