After graduating in May 2019 with my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Latin American Studies, I am currently a Teaching Postdoctoral Scholar and Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at DePauw University. While my current research focuses on Mexico, my teaching speaks broadly to Latin America and its relationship to the United States. I bring a design based mentality to teaching and curriculum building, tweaking my instructional design and pedagogical approaches to move toward more critical and literacy based pedagogies in L2 and cultural studies courses.
My interest in Mexico and Latin America solidified when I studied with three autonomous social movements: the Zapatistas in Chiapas, a rural-urban coalition in Tlaxcala, and a housing settlement cooperative in Mexico City. These experiences, along with many others in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean have given me valuable insight into Latin American and Latinx cultural production, and the often complicated relationship between social movements, political ecology, and the state.
While I am guided by social questions inspired by critical theory on race, feminisms, and environment, I believe that the often unexpected ways that literature, television, film, and other media stage conflicts are essential to advancing critical thought and social engagement on the most pressing issues of our time. Latin American cultural production has consistently been a privileged method through which I analyze the dynamic relationships between race, labor, and ecology to better understand constructions of human and non-human nature in our modern world system.
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