Jessica Carey-Webb

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Assistant Professor

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Coordinator of Portuguese Program

Spanish and Portuguese

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, University of Texas Austin, 2018

MA, University of Texas Austin, 2015

BA, University of Michigan, 2011


Jessica Carey-Webb’s research specializes in environmental cultural studies of Latin America. In particular, she focuses on the historical development, environmental representation, and sustainable future of the Brazilian Amazon. Her current book project, Eyes on Amazonia: Transnational Perspectives on the Rubber Boom Frontier, forthcoming with Vanderbilt University Press, examines how race and gender inform structures of empire in the Amazon during a period of heightened national and international attention from the late 19th to the early 20th century. The material she considers includes natural histories, travelogues, biography, fiction, photographs, and film. She has published in a variety of policy and literary outlets, as well as presented her work at international conferences. Dr. Carey-Webb holds a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese Cultural Studies from the University of Texas, Austin, as well as a BA in Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Latin American Studies from the University of Michigan. Previously, she was a Mellon/ACLS public fellow for the Natural Resources Defense Council working on advocacy and policy related to the environment throughout Latin America, including grassland protection in Mexico, water issues in Chile, and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.

Research Interests

  • Amazonia
  • 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and cultural studies
  • Brazilian Culture studies
  • Environmental justice
  • Ecocritical and environmental studies


Phone: 505-277-5907
Fax: 505-277-3885

Physical Address

Room 407
Ortega Hall
Building # 0079 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC03 2100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070