Marcos Colón

Marcos Colón

Contact Information

Postdoctoral Scholar
Office Location
Diffenbaugh 354
Office Hours

M & W 9:00-10:00am

Marcos Colón received his Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019. His research focuses on Brazilian literary and cultural studies, with a particular emphasis on representations of the Amazon in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Brazilian literature and film. He is currently working on a book- project based on his experiences filming the Amazon. He has produced and directed two documentary films that represent diverse perspectives on humanity’s complex relations with the natural world: Beyond Fordlândia: An Environmental Account of Henry Ford’s Adventure in the Amazon, 2018 and Zo’é, based on his experiences with the Zo’é tribe, an Amazonian indigenous community that has had little to no contact with the outside world (2018). He is particularly interested in examining a variety of perspectives on the post-rubber era in the Amazon. Colón’s scholarship uses the post-rubber era as a springboard for re-envisioning the region in a “relational” way, challenging hegemonic representations of the tropics in literature and culture. He is the editor and creator of Amazonia Latitude, a digital environmental magazine.

Research Interests

Environment and Ecology of the Amazon
Postcolonial Studies
Animal/Animality Studies


  • “Slow Violence and Slow Seeing in Beyond Fordlândia”. Ioris, A.A.R., Ioris, R.R. Shubin, S. (eds.). 2020. In Frontiers of Development in the Amazon: Riches, Risks and Resistances. Lexington Books: Lanham, Maryland. (forthcoming)
  • “Política ambiental brasileira sob suspeição”. In Público Newspaper, Portugal. September 3, 2019.
  • “O que fazer com a diversidade étnica dos povos Amazónicos?” In Público Newspaper, Portugal. February 9, 2019.
  • “A Floresta Amazônica vai se tornar uma commodity?” In Envolverde Carta Capital, Brasil. December 23, 2018. se-tornar-uma-commodity/
  • “A Floresta Amazônica vai se tornar uma commodity?” In Público Newspaper, Portugal. December 22, 2018. amazonica-commodity-1855688
  • “Will the Amazon Rainforest become a commodity?” In Latin American Bureau. E December 22, 2018. commodity/
  • “Environmental Fascism Haunting the Amazon” in NiCHE - Network in Canadian History & Environment. October 30, 2018. http://niche-
  • “Le fascisme environnemental hante l’Amazonie” Par Les Invités de Mediapart Édition: Les Invités de Mediapart. October 28, 2018. invites-de-mediapart/article/281018/le-fascisme-environnemental-hante-l-amazonie
  • “Environmental fascism haunting the Amazon,” Par Les Invités de Mediapart Édition: Les Invités de Mediapart. October 28, 2018. invites-de-mediapart/article/281018/environmental-fascism-haunting-amazon
  • “Slow Seeing and the Environment: Connections and Meanings in Beyond Fordlândia,” In Sustentability in Debate, edited by Gabriela Litre, Marcel Bursztyn and Carlos Hiroo Saito. Brasília, v. 9, n.1, (April/2018) 136-144.
  • “Five Reasons Why Henry Ford’s Failure in Brazil Still Matters Today,” Edge Effects Digital Magazine. December 14, 2017.
  • “Clase de Amnesia”. in Aportaciones Eruditas y Literarias, edited by Juan Fernández Jiménez. ALDEEU, Spanish Professionals in America (2016) 319-326.
  • “Voz narrative y autorepresentación en la Memorias de Doña Leonor López de Cordoba”. In Córdoba, Cauce de Civilizaciones, edited by Juan Fernández Jiménez. ALDEEU, Spanish Professionals in America (2011) 3-16.
  • “Influencia del teatro en Tormento, de Pérez Galdós”. In Rondas Literarias de Pittsburgh 2010, edited by Gregorio C. Martín. Duquesne University. (2011) 67-79.