• I specialize in modern Spanish American literature but my interests reach into other areas of study such as film and transatlantic studies. My comparative approach in research draws from the fields of literary theory and cultural studies. My most recent work focuses on literature and film and the environment.

    At Trinity I have taught a variety of courses on Spanish language, Latin American and Spanish civilization, first year experience, and Latin American literature. 

    As Director of the Spanish Writing Center and the Spanish Tutoring Team I create learning opportunities for students that go beyond the classroom environment. 

    • Ph.D. University of Virginia. 
    • M.A Yale University
    • M.A University of Western Ontario
    • B.Eng Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)

    Co-edited Books

    • Ecofictions, Ecorealities and Slow Violence in Latin America and the Latinx World. Routledge. (forthcoming). Co- editor with Ilka Kressner and Elizabeth Pettinaroli. 
    • Troubled Waters: Rivers in Latin American Imagination. Hispanic Issues On Line. 12. U of Minnesota P, 2013. Co-editor with Elizabeth Pettinaroli. 

     

    Book chapters

    • “Monsters and Agritoxins: The Environmental Gothic in Samanta Schweblin’s Distancia de Rescate.” Ecofictions, Ecorealities and Slow Violence in Latin America and the Latinx World. Routledge. (forthcoming).
    • “Visions of Nature: Colombian Literature and the Environment from the Colonial Period to the Nineteenth Century” with Elizabeth Pettinaroli. A History of Colombian Literature. Ed. Raymond L. Williams. Cambridge University P. 2016, 406-430. 
    • “Introduction,” with Elizabeth Pettinaroli, Troubled Waters: Rivers in Latin American Imagination. Hispanic Issues On Line. 12. U of Minnesota P, 2013. 1-17.
    • “The Death of the River and the River of Death: The Magdalena River in El amor en los tiempos del cólera and La novia oscura.” Troubled Waters: Rivers in Latin American Imagination. Hispanic Issues On Line. 12. U of Minnesota P, 2013. 145-162.

     

    Articles in peer-reviewed journals

    • “El abrazo de la serpiente o la re-escritura del Amazonas dentro de una ética ecológica y poscolonial.” Hispanic Research Journal. 19.1 (2018): 29-40.
    • “Del río a la cloaca: la corriente de la conciencia ecológica en la literatura colombiana.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. 79 (2014): 181-200.
    • “Del boom y más allá: La ficcionalización del fracaso editorial en El jardín de al lado de José Donoso y Basura de Héctor Abad Faciolince.” Revista Iberoamericana 236-237 (2011): 813-828. 
    • “La novela de sicarios y la ilusión picaresca.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 34:1 (2009): 207-226.
    • “‘Enamorado hasta la punta del pelo’: semiótica capilar en Cecilia Valdés.” Revista Hispánica Moderna 59: 1-2 (2006): 83-96.
    • “Encuentros con el barroco: Francisco de Quevedo en dos poemas de Octavio Paz.” Hispanic Poetry Review 5:2 (2005): 32-49.
    • “El cine en Cal y canto: Una nueva visión poética.” Letras Peninsulares 17:2-3 (2004 -2005): 461-76.
    • Contemporary Spanish American Literature
    • Nineteenth-century Spanish American Literature
    • Ecocriticism, Latin American Narrative
    • Violence in Literature
    • Latin American Film
    • Gothic Genre in Film and Literature
    • Elementary and Intermediate Spanish. 
    • Advanced Composition and Conversation
    • First-Year Experience: Inventing Mexico
    • Latin American Civilization
    • Spanish Civilization
    • Introduction to Latin American Literature