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María M. CarriónChair, Department of Religion. Professor of Religion and Comparative Literature

Prof. Carrión specializes in the cultural and religious production of Spain during the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries, with a particular focus on questions of drama, law, and architecture.  She has published articles and translations on the literature and culture of the Hispanic Caribbean. Her work analyzes religious and cultural matters in the many worlds of latinidad, ranging from Andalusi gardens to religious branding, to devotion, and the sacred. She is currently working on a digital monograph exploring correspondences of nature and belief in 16th-century European dried gardens.

She has presented her work in the US, Spain, South America, Romania, and the former Yugoslavia, and her essays have been published in the US, Spain, France, and South America.

She has organized several conferences at Emory University, including "Spain Before Spain. Encounters Between Muslims, Jews, and Christians (1500-1700).”

From 2009-2011 she held a Visiting Professorship at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. In 2012-2013 she served as Dean of Graduate Studies at UPRRP’s School of Humanities.  Since 2019 she holds a joint appointment in Religion and Comparative Literature.



  • PhD, Yale University, 1990
  • MPhil, Yale University, 1988
  • MA, Yale University, 1987
  • MA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1985
  • MA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1983
  • BA, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1981

Research and Teaching

  • Religion and literature
  • Sacred spaces
  • Natural history and empire
  • Andalusi history and cultures
  • Caribbean literature
  • Latinx religions