Sean Sell

A picture of Sean Sell smiling at the viewer

Position Title
Graduate Student and Associate in Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature

824 Sproul


Inés Hernández Ávila

Education and Degree(s)

  • B.A. in English with a German minor, College of William and Mary
  • M.A. in English, San Diego State University

Research Interest(s)

  • Indigenous Mexican literature
  • Maya literature and languages
  • translation studies
  • postcolonial theory

Teaching Experience

  • COM 3: The Modern Crisis
  • COM 4: The Contemporary World
  • NAS 5


Sean S. Sell is in his fourth year of the UC Davis Comparative Literature Ph.D. program. He has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from San Diego State University. His master’s thesis compared literature by indigenous writers in Chiapas, Mexico with Chicano literature from the United States, focusing on the importance of a connection to land. Sell then went to San Cristóbal, Chiapas, to learn more about contemporary literature there, and work on translating it to English. A collection of poems and stories he translated was published by Oklahoma University Press in a trilingual version in January 2017, with the title Chiapas Maya Awakening: Contemporary Poems and Short Stories. He has taught in the Comparative Literature and Native American Studies departments at UC Davis. He continues to work translating indigenous Chiapas literature and studying the developing literary and cultural scene in Chiapas in the context of indigenous and decolonial literature worldwide.

Selected Publications

“Borges y la Cosmovisión Indígena.” The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal, 2018.

“Balance and Respect vs. Commodification and Control: Conflicting Values in the Work of Maya-Tsotsil Author Mikel Ruiz.”

TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, 2017.

Chiapas Maya Awakening: Contemporary Poems and Short Stories, Oklahoma University Press, 2017 [editor, with Nicolás Huet Bautista, and translator].

Chiapas Maya Awakening: Contemporary Poems and Short Stories, Oklahoma University Press, due Fall 2016 (translator)

Rooted/Uprooted: Identity in Chiapas Mayan and Mexican American Literature (master's thesis), 2012