Rachel Haywood

Associate Professor of Spanish


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:3240 Pearson
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA

Area of expertise: Latin American science fiction

Topics of interest: composition and conversation through culture, Latin American literature and culture, textual and media analysis


Rachel Haywood (Ph. D. in Spanish and Portuguese, Yale University). Professor Haywood's scholarship on Latin American science fiction crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries between Hispanists and Brazilianists and between literary and cultural studies. Her book, The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction (Wesleyan University Press 2011), examines the sf produced in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico during the extended nineteenth century. Her current work focuses on the writing, publishing, and reception of science fiction in Latin America during the space race era.

Professor Haywood is a co-editor of the journal Extrapolation and of the book series Studies in Global Science Fiction for Palgrave Macmillan for Palgrave Macmillan, and she serves on the editorial boards of the journals Science Fiction Studies, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and Alambique: Revista Académica de Ciencia-Ficción y Fantasía / Jornal Académico de Ficção Científica e Fantasia; she is subeditor for Latin American and Iberian science fiction for The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

Grants and Awards

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2017)

  • Latin American Science Fiction Research Grant, University of South Florida Humanities Institute and University of South Florida Libraries (2016)

  • ISU Award for Early Achievement in Teaching, Iowa State University (2009)

Recent / Major Publications

  • “Ciencia Ficción / Ficção Científica from Latin America.” The Cambridge History of Science Fiction, edited by Gerry Canavan and Eric Carl Link, Cambridge UP, 2019, pp. 664-79.

  • “Writing Other Futures: A Conversation about Science Fiction.” The Other Transatlantic: Kinetic and Op Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, edited by Marta Dziewańska, Dieter Roelstraete, and Abigail Winograd, Warsaw, Poland, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2017, pp. 283-301. (Co-authored with Anindita Banerjee)

  • “De volta para o futuro: A expansão da ficção científica latino-americana.” Cartografias para a ficção científica mundial: cinema e literatura [Cartographies for World Science Fiction: Cinema and Literature], edited by Alfredo Suppia, São Paulo, Brazil, Alameda, 2017, pp. 151-169.

  • “How Latin America Saved the World and Other Forgotten Futures.” Science Fiction Studies, vol. 43, no. 2, 2016, pp. 207-25.

  • “El viaje a Marte en la imaginación argentina ayer y hoy: Viaje maravilloso del Señor Nic-Nac al planeta Marte de Holmberg y Viaje a Marte de Zaramella” [The Journey to Mars in the Argentine Imagination Then and Now: Holmberg’s Viaje maravilloso del Señor Nic-Nac al Planeta Marte and Zaramella’s Viaje a Marte]. Revista Iberoamericana, vol. 78, nos. 238-239, 2012, pp. 25-38.

  • The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction. Early Classics of Science Fiction series, Wesleyan UP, 2011.