Associate Professor, specializes in American Indian and Chicanx literatures. Her teaching and research interests include Native and Multiethnic literature and film, gender studies, and LGBTQ+ literature. She is the author of Activism and the American Novel: Religion and Resistance in Fiction by Women of Color (University of Virginia Press, 2012) and has published essays on literature and film in The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literatures, American Indian Quarterly, Studies in American Indian Literatures, African American Review, and other journals. Recent and forthcoming essays include “Toward an Indigenous Feminine Animation Aesthetic” in Studies in American Indian Literatures (Special issue “Digital Indigenous Studies," 2017); “Performing Cherokee Masculinity in The Doe Boy,” Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2018); and “The Potential (and Pitfalls) of Activist Filmmaking: Indigenous Women’s Activism in The Spirit of Annie Mae,” Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art, Volume II (Michigan State University Press, 2019).
Professor Romero is currently writing a book that explores the complex relationship between North American Indigenous cinema and Hollywood. It examines the dynamics that arise when Native produced films appropriate familiar Hollywood genres (like horror, animation, science fiction, and Westerns) in ways that resist Hollywood's false stereotypes and appeal to mainstream viewers, but ultimately downplay Indigenous worldviews.
Recent graduate seminars include "Native American Novel," "Multiethnic Novel," and "Multiethnic Women Writers."