DEPARTMENT OF WRITING, LITERATURE & PUBLISHING
B.S. Pepperdine University
M.A. University of California, San Diego
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Tamera Marko specializes in multi-lingual, multi-media community literacy projects in the Americas (Spanish, Portuguese, Maya, Quechua, English). She channels her work as a historian of Latin America and her 14 years of teaching writing to combine genres of new media, composition and traditional historical memory to research and publish in "the approach and form called for by each project."
Marko's several academic and media publications and translations explore relationships between youth movements and nation-building projects in post-abolition and peace process contexts. Her work has also debuted in film festivals, theaters and cafés in Medellín, Rio de Janeiro, Durham, and Boston. While a Faculty Fellow at Duke University, Marko co-founded DukeEngage Colombia, which she still directs. In a collaboration between Emerson College, MIT, Duke University, and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín, this project is called "Medellín: la violencia is not the whole story..."
Her poetry, in a publication-ready collection entitled Coming to Consciousness: In Brazil my name is a fruit, explores the power and pitfalls of white privilege, gender, and interracial relations. Before academia, she worked as a journalist covering human rights in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States.