Michael Reyes Salas

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
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Michael Reyes Salas is Assistant Professor of Critical Carceral Studies. His teaching and research interests focus on Caribbean literature, French and Francophone studies, cultures of urban modernity, and visuality of imprisonment. His language areas are French, Spanish, and Portuguese. His writing is forthcoming in the CENTRO Journal, and appears in Dalhousie French Studies, Asymptote, Ethnic and Third World Literature’s Review of Books, El Mundo Zurdo, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and El Salto. Before joining Vassar College, Michael held postdoctoral fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the University of Texas at Austin—where he earned a PhD in Comparative Literature in 2020.

BA, University of California-Los Angeles; MA, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
At Vassar since 2021


Old Laundry Building
Box 739
Monday and Thursday 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.; Tuesday 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.; Wednesday 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.; Thursday 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.; and by appointment.

Departments and Programs


AFRS/ENGL 223 - Surrealism Across the African Diaspora
AFRS/ENGL 233 - Carceral Literature of the Caribbean
AFRS/ENGL 243 - Twentieth Century Black Writers Against the Surveillance State
AFRS/ART 323 - Prison Museums, Plantation Tourism, and Penal Heritage Commemoration