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 draws on the work initiated in my dissertation but shifts focus to consider how globalization is being leveraged—even embraced—by Latin American thinkers and artists as a means of critiquing and shaping world relations in the present epoch. Specifically, I examine the narrative fiction of Roberto Bolaño, Horacio Castellanos Moya, and Valeria Luiselli, and the work of installation artist Teresa Margolles. My research posits that these artists exploit the commodity status of their work as part of the global art market as a means of critiquing and destabilizing boundaries between the Global North and South.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Geopoetics, Geopolitics, and Violence: (Un)Mapping Daniel Alarcón’s Lost City RadioLatin American Perspectives (September 2019).

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

“Escatología y marginalización en la literatura andina: Las porosas fronteras sociopolíticas en Los ríos profundos de José María Arguedas,” Revista canadiense de estudios hispánicos (Forthcoming).

“Interventionism, Migration and Diaspora: Central American Literature Beyond the Isthmus,” Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context, eds. Mónica Albizúrez and Gloria E. Chacón (Under Review, Modern Language Association of America).

“La Llorona, from Plaintive to Plaintiff: Accessing Rights in Neoliberal Globalization,” Cry Baby, ed. Kathleen Alcalá (Under Review, Arizona University Press)

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

Winter 2019

SPAN490C Peoples and Nations: Topics in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Spanish-American Culture - 20&21C SP-AM CLT Sections

Selected areas of study relating to modern and/or contemporary Spanish America. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.

Winter 2019

SPAN365 Modern Magics: Spanish-American Literature and Culture since the 1820s Sections

Literary engagements with modernity in the Spanish Americas, from the 1820's to the present. Includes civilization, progress, politicization, and violence.

Winter 2019

LAST303 Indigenous Peoples of Latin America Sections

Ethnohistory and contemporary cultures of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, Middle America, and South America. Different cultural areas or regions may be selected to illustrate the course's principal themes.