Assistant Professor of Spanish

Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington
M.A., University of Kansas

My research and teaching center on 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literatures and cultures. My work examines the relationship between aesthetics, politics, and the literary tradition in the current epoch of neoliberal globalization, with a focus on Mexican and Central American narrative fiction.

I received a dual BA in Spanish and English Literature from Washburn University (2006) and a Master of Arts in Spanish Literature at the University of Kansas (2009). Following the M.A., I spent a year abroad as Assistant Professor of English Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, and I taught for two years as a Lecturer of Spanish at Clemson University in South Carolina. I received a Ph.D. in Latin American Literatures from Indiana University, Bloomington, where I conducted research abroad as a FLAS Fellow and Tinker recipient.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Mexican Literature and Culture
  • Contemporary Central American Literature and Culture
  • Neoliberalism, Globalization, (Post-)National Politics
  • Political Philosophy, Critical Theory
  • Border and Diaspora Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Latina/o/x Studies

I specialize in 20th- and 21st-century Mexican and Central American narrative fiction, as well as in broad comparative areas that reach into other disciplines and traditions: Latina/o Studies, critical theory, political philosophy, and border and diaspora studies. My research is animated by questions of political agency, economic precarity, and the violence that obtains throughout waning national modernity, as well as by the ways in which literature shapes, critiques, and indexes burgeoning neoliberal globalization.

Book Manuscript

My current book project, Neoliberal Encounters: Latin American Literature in the Age of Technological Globalization, studies and sets up a series of “neoliberal encounters” in its examination of 21st-century Mexican and Central American literature—produced both domestically and in the diaspora. Encounters are both destructive and generative. They may be sites of confrontation, change, synthesis, or revelation. They are both temporal and spatial, and occur across distinct genres and media. I read narrative works by Roberto Bolaño, Laury Leite, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Claudia Hernández, and Valeria Luiselli as sites of such encounters, and I attend to the ways in which politics, economics, ethics, and aesthetics become entangled in the age of neoliberal globalization. Along the way, my project engages with diverse theoretical perspectives, such as Critical Race Theory, Migration and Diaspora Studies, and Sound Studies.

I am also developing a second book project, tentatively titled Of Maíces and Milpas: Corn as Culture and Commodity in Greater Mexico and Central America.

Articles, Chapters in progress

“La Llorona, from Plaintive to Plaintiff: Accessing Rights in Neoliberal Globalization,” Cry Baby, eds. Norma Alarcón and Kathleen Alcalá (Submitted April 2020, Under Review, University of Arizona Press)

“A Narrative Vaivén: Lucha libre, Myth and the Modern Nation Unready-to-hand in Horacio Castellanos Moya’s La sirvienta y el luchador.” (Submitted June 2020, Under Review, MLN)

“Rancière and the Paradox of Politics: Mexico, Central America, and the Long 1968 in Retrospect.”

“Dead Matter: A Historical Materialist Approach to Literary Corpses in W.G. Sebald & Oscar Zeta Acosta.”

“A Tale of Two Genres: The Duæling Discourses of Luis Rafael Sánchez’s Quíntuples.”

“Violencia y alienación social en El Salvador: El arma en el hombre como Bildungsroman neoliberal.”

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“From Ratiocination to Globalization: Poe, Borges, Bolaño and the Complot of the novela negra mexicana.” (Accepted August 2020, CR: The New Centennial Review)

“Broken Bodies, Broken Nations: Roberto Bolaño on Neoliberal Logic and (Un)Mediated Violence.” (Accepted, forthcoming March 2021), Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.

Escatología y marginalización en la literatura andina: Las porosas fronteras sociopolíticas en Los ríos profundos de José María Arguedas,” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 43.2 (May 2020): 425-47.

Geopoetics, Geopolitics, and Violence: (Un)Mapping Daniel Alarcón’s Lost City Radio,” Latin American Perspectives 46.5 (September 2019): 186-201.

Carving Place out of Non-Place: Luis Rafael Sánchez’s ‘La guagua aérea’ and Post-National Space,” Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana 47.1 (May 2018): 275-92.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

“Migration and Diaspora: Central American Literature Beyond the Isthmus,” Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context, MLA Anthology, Eds. Mónica Albizúrez and Gloria E. Chacón, Forthcoming.

Other: Encyclopedia Entries, Critical Introductions, Translations, etc.
(* indicates peer-reviewed)

“The Latin American Telluric Novel and the Mexican Revolution.” Oxford Handbook ofthe Latin American Novel. Proposal accepted, under contract, May 2020. Co-authored with Amanda M. Smith, UC Santa Cruz, eds. Ignacio López-Calvo and Juan E De Castro.*

“Natalia Almada: The Sound & the Image,” Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures 1.1 (September 2016): 129-34, ed. Jonathan Risner: Indiana University Press.*

Translations of poetry by Conceição Evaristo (Brazilian Portuguese), Revista Hiedra 1.1 (Fall 2013): 66-68.

In Defense of Wandering: Podcasting as a Pedagogical Tool.” The Humanities in Transition (June 2020)

Book Reviews

Modernity at Gunpoint: Firearms, Politics, and Culture in Mexico and Central America (U of Pittsburgh P, 2018) by Sophie Esch. Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, forthcoming.

Chicana/o Remix: Art and Errata Since the Sixties (NYU P, 2017) by Karen Mary Davalos. Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures 2.2 (May 2018): 229-31.

Pliegues del yo: Cuatro estudios sobre escritura autobiográfica en Hispanoamérica (Cuarto Propio, 2015) by Sergio R. Franco. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 51.3 (October 2017): 718-21.