Elena Machado

Elena Machado

Professor of English
Affiliated Faculty in Latin American Studies; Specialization: contemporary American, US Latinx, and Caribbean diaspora literatures
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Director of Graduate Studies in English

Elena Machado Sáez is a Professor of English at Bucknell University. She is author of Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction (University of Virginia Press 2015) and coauthor with Raphael Dalleo of The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature (Palgrave Macmillan 2007). Her essay "Bodega Sold Dreams: Middle-Class Panic and the Crossover Aesthetics of In the Heights" appears in Dialectical Imaginaries: Materialist Approaches to U.S. Latino/a Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism (2018), and her essay "Blackout on Broadway: Affiliation and Audience in In the Heights and Hamilton" is forthcoming in a special issue of Studies in Musical Theater. Machado Sáez's current research focuses on how US Latinx writers negotiate intimacy and politics on the social media platform of Twitter.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B.A., Fordham University

Teaching Interests

  • US Latino/a Literature
  • Caribbean Literature
  • American Literature
  • Courses on drama, performance and film.

Personal website

Selected Publications


Machado Sáez, Elena. Market Aesthetics: The Purchase of the Past in Caribbean Diasporic Fiction. New World Studies Series, Modern Language Initiative. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, March 2015.

  • Discusses the historical novels of Robert Antoni, Julia Alvarez, Dionne Brand, David Chariandy, Michelle Cliff, Edwidge Danticat, Junot Díaz, Marlon James, Andrea Levy, Ana Menéndez, and Monique Roffey.


Dalleo, Raphael and Machado Sáez, Elena. The Latino/a Canon and the Emergence of Post-Sixties Literature. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

  • Analyzes the relationship of politics and the market in the works of Chantel Acevedo, Julia Alvarez, Angie Cruz, Nilo Cruz, Junot Díaz, Cristina Garcia, Ana Menéndez, Pedro Pietri, Ernesto Quiñonez and Abraham Rodriguez. Paperback version issued in January 2013.