Ernest Rafael Hartwell

Assistant Professor of Spanish (Minor Advisor of Spanish), Affiliated Faculty of Latin American Studies

Current Courses

Fall: HNRS 350: Cinema, Empire and the Philippines & SPAN 401 Advanced Grammar and Composition

Winter: SPAN 450 - Outlaws and Law in 19th-century Latin American Novels & SPAN 352 - Survey of Latin American Literature

Spring: SPAN 302h - Grammar and Composition for Heritage Learners 


Ernest Rafael Hartwell's teaching and research areas are in 19th-century Latin American, Caribbean, and Philippine literature. He engages with methods in postcolonial thought, critical race theory, and cultural studies, within the fields of Hispano-Philippine studies and Caribbean studies. His current research project, borne of his doctoral dissertation, examines experiments in prose (travel writing, historiography, novels) aimed to counteract colonial divisions and disparities by 19th-century anticolonial writers of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, Spain's last remaining overseas colonies at the time. 

On campus, Ernest teaches Spanish language courses in the L2 and Heritage sequences, Latin American culture and literature courses, and advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Off campus, he enjoys playing basketball, wandering through nature, learning new languages, cooking Filipino food, and finding the best tacos in every city (check out Mi Rancho and Tacos el tule in Bellingham!).



BA in Spanish and Religious Studies, NYU 2010
PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures, with a specialty in 19th-century Latin American Literature, Harvard University 2017

Selected Publications


Ernest Rafael Hartwell. 2/1/2023. Intercolonial Intimacies: A Conversation with Paula C. Park. Diacritics: DVAN. 


Ernest Rafael Hartwell. 12/28/2022. Review of Park, Paula C. Intercolonial Intimacies: Relinking Latin/o America to the Philippines 1898-1964. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2022. Transmodernity, Fall Issue 2022.


Ernest Rafael Hartwell. 5/2019. “Bad English and Fresh Spaniards: Translation and Authority in Philippine and Cuban Travel Writing.” UNITAS, 92, 1, Pp. 43-74.  unitas-92-1-ernest-hartwell-bad-english.pdf


Ernest Rafael Hartwell. 11/15/2018. “Imperial Endnotes: The First Filipino and Boricua Historians.” Latin American Literary Review, 45, 90, Pp. 53-67. lalr_90_6_hartwell_proof3.pdf


Ernest Hartwell. 10/1/2012. “Bodies (un)made: Aging and Violence in Two Argentine Novels.” Transverse Journal, 2012, 12, Pp. 21-42. Publisher's Version