My research and teaching interests lie in the intersections of contemporary Latin American literature, the cultural politics of emotion, human rights narratives, ecocriticism, and critical theory. My book manuscript, Derechos humanos y las políticas de la empatía en la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XXI (Human Rights and the Politics of Empathy in 21st Century Latin American Literature), explores how the work of Evelio Rosero, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Alonso Sánchez Baute, Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Claudia Hernández, and Horacio Castellanos Moya offers new venues to explore empathy and human rights narratives in the context of Colombian and Central American post-conflict societies. As part of this project, currently I am co-editing a volume on cultural production in Colombia in relation to human rights.
Recently I published my chapter “Violence, Slow and Explosive: Spectrality, Landscape, and Trauma in Evelio Rosero’s Los ejércitos” in the volume “Ecofictions, Ecorealities and Slow Violence in Latin America and the Latinx World” (edited by Ilka Kressner, Ana M. Mutis, Elizabeth M. Pettinaroli, 2019). My paper “Derechos humanos y corporeidad en Los ejércitos de Evelio Rosero” was published in Chasqui. Other publications include the academic articles “Una re-lectura de la violencia en Los papeles del infierno de Enrique Buenaventura” (in Teatro. Revista de estudios culturales) and “Niebla de Unamuno más allá de Kierkegaard. Amor y polifonía como superación del naturalismo” (in Folios).
I have thought Latin American culture and Spanish at Colby College and Loyola University Maryland. I received my Ph.D. in Spanish studies from the University of Connecticut. There, I was the president of LANGSA, the Languages Graduate Student Association, during the 2016-2017 academic year. I also co-founded and was the co-editor in chief of UConn’s first open access academic journal, The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal.
My radio shows “Bailando McOndo” (co-produced as a podcast with my students), “Radio ciudad perdida,” and “Centro-Sur”, on Latin American & Latinx music and culture, aired at WMBH Waterville, WHUS Storrs, and WRFL Lexington.
If you share any of these research or teaching topics, please feel free to contact me.