Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Coordinator, Spanish 105
The University of Chicago - Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literatures Spanish Literature (2014)
The University of Chicago - M.A., Humanities, Specialization in Spanish Language & Literature (2004)
The University of Chicago - B.A., English Literature (2001)
In my manuscript, Guardians of Discourse: Literature and Journalism in Porfirian Mexico (1887-1912), I analyze the role and representation of journalism in literary texts from Porfirian Mexico (1887-1912). By exploring works by Porfirian writers and with a special consideration for the social and historical milieu in which their works were produced, I demonstrate that a primary goal of the lettered class was to define the character of public life; literature served as a forum in which to shape a concept of the ‘public,’ establish the social position of particular citizens, and meditate upon the character of civil institutions. This project thus points up a historical and cultural trajectory different from that described both by Ángel Rama in his La ciudad letrada (1984) and Jürgen Habermas in his The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society (1962).
My current research and teaching interests include Mexican Literature and Culture; Latin American literature and culture from the XIX and XX centuries; Spanish Conversation and Composition; Mexicanismos
Spanish Language and Literature; Latin American XIX and XX century literature; Mexican History and Culture
Having taught language and literature courses at The University of Chicago, DePaul University, and Morton College, I am pleased to find a new home in Wheaton College. In my free time, I love exploring the rich 19th century architecture in downtown Providence. I am also thrilled to be learning how to dance salsa.
My first scholarly article, “Building a Bridge to the 20th Century: Ruiz de Burton's Novel Techne in The Squatter and the Don,” appeared in the 2009 edition of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project.