|Dept:||Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences|
|Schedule:||Autumn 2013 office hours: 4:00-5:00 p.m.|
- Ph.D., American Studies and Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 2012.
- M.A., Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 2006.
- B.A., English and Spanish, The College of New Jersey, 2003.
In my research, I build on the critical thought and methods of American studies and literary scholarship. My work considers contemporary portrayals of ethnicity, gender and sexuality in transnational literature and expression. Specifically, I study how texts and performances portray marginalized identities within the contexts of family and migration to the United States.
My current research is a study of how several Latino/a groups articulate their community engagement in autobiography, nonfiction, poetry and other life writing. This research considers the narratives of migrant people from the Americas, including Chile and Puerto Rico. I also am working on research that involves representations of nature, environmentalism and other social movements. In the past, I have taught classes that focus on American masculinity, nature writing and poetry, among others.
- "Lo combina todo": Queer Hybridity and Performance in the Multimedia Texts of Arroyo and Lozada - In this project, I examine how two Puerto Rican writers depict men's feelings for other men through e-mail and other textual forms. My research connects these contemporary forms to theories of cyberculture and epistolary writing. I assert these texts function as a commentary on the challenges and potentials of web-based intimacies between contemporary Puerto Rican men.
- A Gay Migrant in America: Spectacles of the Body and Landscape in Reyes' Memoir Madre & I - In this essay, I examine how the playwright Guillermo Reyes narrates his coming of age in both Chile and the United States. By depicting spectacular imagery of the body and landscapes, Reyes reveals the problematic effects of dominant social pressures and ideals. I contend that Reyes' memoir shows how physical ideals and hostile landscapes can further endanger vulnerable groups.
- TLIT 437: Nature and Environment in American Literature
- TLIT 210: Studies in American Literature
- TLIT 311: Themes in American Literature: Masculinity in the 20th Century
- TCORE 114: Introduction to the Humanities
- TLIT 313: American Poetry
- TLIT 253: Modern Literature of Western Civilization
- (2010, May). Review of the book Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora, written by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes. Hispania, 327-328.
- (2009, spring). Review of the book Private Lives, Proper Relations: Regulating Black Intimacy, written by Candice M. Jenkins. Callaloo 32.2, 687-690.
- (2009). Paul Monette. In Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States.
- (2008). Impact of AIDS on Film. LGBTQ America Today Encyclopedia.
- Queering the Space of Home: Counterpublics, Sexuality and Transnationalism in Kincaid's My Brother. English Language Notes. 45.2 (Winter 2007) 77-88.
- American Studies Association
- Modern Language Association
- Latin American Studies Association
- Cultural Studies Association
Periodically, I apply my knowledge of civic engagement to community projects in Pierce County. In the past, I have assisted in the planning and implementation of nonpartisan voter registration activities.
Honors and Awards
- Travel grant ($600) for the Latin American Studies Association for the 2012 Latin American Studies Conference, May 2012.
- Virginia LaFollette Gunderson Award for Best Essay in American Studies ($300), given by Indiana University's Department of American Studies, April 2008.
- Distinguished Teaching Award, given by the Department of Comparative Literature at Indiana University Bloomington, April 2008.
- Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship ($25,000), awarded by the Indiana University Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, April 2007.