Anna M. Nogar

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Associate Chair

Department of Spanish and Portuguese


Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2008

MA, University of Texas at Austin, 2004

BS, University of New Mexico, 2000


Anna M. Nogar is Professor of Hispanic Southwest Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  Her research specializations include Mexican American cultural and literary studies; colonial Mexican literature; Nuevomexicano writing and culture; and community oral history.

Dr. Nogar’s recent research focuses on the writing of early 20th-century bilingual New Mexican author Felipe M. Chacón.  She authored El feliz ingenio neomexicano: Felipe M. Chacón and Poesía y Prosa (University of New Mexico 2021) with Gabriel Meléndez. Nogar continues to engage in literary recovery work as a member of the Board of Directors of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project. 

Dr. Nogar authored Quill and Cross in the Borderlands: Sor María de Ágreda and the Lady in Blue, 1628- the Present (University of Notre Dame 2018), a cross-disciplinary study of nearly four hundred years of history, literature and folklore concerning the 17th-century bilocating Spanish nun Sor María de Jesús de Ágreda. Quill and Cross in the Borderlands was awarded the 2020 International Latino Book Award in the History and Religious Book categories. 

Nogar edited A History of Mexican Literature (Cambridge 2016), named Outstanding Academic Title in 2017 by the American Library Association, with Ignacio Sánchez-Prado and José Ramón Ruisánchez Serra.  She also edited Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico: Literary and Cultural Inquiries (University of Arizona 2014) with Oswaldo Estrada. Nogar authored with Enrique Lamadrid the prizewinning bilingual young reader’s book Sisters in Blue/Hermanas de azul (University of New Mexico Press 2017), which interprets Sor María de Ágreda’s travels for a youth audience.  Her current editorial projects include histories of Mexican poetry and of the Mexican novel. 

Nogar directs with Myrriah Gómez a community-centered oral history project that cultivates undergraduate and graduate humanities researchers across UNM who engage with local narrators to record life histories of nuevomexicano Baby Boomers. 

Nogar has published in a variety of journals including Confluencia, Honors in Practice, Journal of the Southwest, Latin American Literature Today, Renaissance Quarterly, Revista de estudios hispánicos, Chasqui, Church History, Early American Literature, New Mexico Historical Review, and Bulletin of Spanish Studies. Her essays have appeared in edited volumes including Violencias y fronteras entre México y Estados UnidosLos oficios del nómada: Fabio Morábito ante la crítica; The Worlds of Junípero Serra; and Asaltos a la historia: Reimaginando la ficción histórica en Hispanoamérica.

At UNM, Dr. Nogar is a faculty associate of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, and the Latin American and Iberian Institute, and serves on the advisory boards of the University of New Mexico Press and the Center for Regional Studies. She serves in an elected capacity for the Modern Languages Association, and engages with community through public talks, book readings, podcasts, and radio interviews.

Research Interests

  • Colonial Mexican literature and cultural studies: women, marginalized authors, communities of reading, religious writing
  • Mexican American literature and cultural studies
  • New Mexican literatureand culture: colonial, 19th-century, contemporary
  • Archival research: colonial, transatlantic and transpacific, 19th-century and contemporary archives
  • Oral history methods and applications


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Fax: 505-277-3885

Physical Address

Room 415
Ortega Hall
Building # 79 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070