“It’s a wonderful honour to be recognized with an academic award,” says Vallejo, whose research and teaching focused on 19th-century Spanish-American women’s issues and writing.
Located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, UASD was the first established university in the Americas, founded in 1538. It retains a highly regarded academic profile today.
Iván Grullón Fernández, rector of UASD, conferred the award in recognition of Vallejo’s “rare talent and outstanding contribution to the literature of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. She put a prominent female presence on the literary map of the Spanish Caribbean — rescuing from obscurity a rich tradition of women writers of Cuba, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico and Colombia.”