Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Contemporary Andean cultural studies
My research to date has been on contemporary Latin American literature and visual cultures, with a focus on the Andes region. I have worked with representations of historically marginalized indigenous groups and knowledge practices, as well as queerness, in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as they are made manifest via poetry, performance, and installation art. My current research focuses on indigenous futurisms in Latin America.
My first book, Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant-Gardes, is available for purchase via Rutgers University Press. This book breaks new ground as the first to mobilize conversations between Andean literature and art and work on new materialist studies. I look at poets, performance artists, and installation artists from Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, all of whom emphasize the vitality of their own bodies and the ecosystems of which they are part. I demonstrate that the materiality of the body is similar to natural materials like water, rocks, and the air in order to reframe the human as an inextricable part and result of an ecosystem, not the master over the same.
In tandem with this book, I have published articles in literary journals, as well as gender and sexualities studies journals, including Revista crítica literaria latinoamericana, Chasqui, Feminist Studies, and Letras femeninas. I am co-editor of the book Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures with Juan G. Ramos (Palgrave 2016).
I have research underway on two projects. My next book project concerns itself with indigenous futurisms; that is, the ways that indigenous cultures produce literature and visual art that challenges entrenched assumptions about indigenous people's engagement with technology. The Aymara of Bolivia trade with China, navigate global markets, and travel in the most cutting-edge urban funicular system in the world. They are indigenous futurism in the flesh, not a representation of it.
In addition to my work on indigenous futurisms, I am co-editing a special issue of the Bolivian Studies Journal on Jaime Sáenz's work, in honor of the centennial of his birth (October 2021).
Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant-Gardes. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2019.
Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures. Edited with Juan G. Ramos. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
"Claudia Coca's Chola Power: Pop Art as Decolonial Critique." Meridians: feminism, race transnationalism 18.2 (October 2019): 412-442.
"José María Arguedas and Early 21st Century Cultural and Political Theories." Co-author, Irina Feldman. Oxford Bibliographies: Latin American Studies (June 2019). Online.
"Conocer con, saber de y percibir desde el Perú amazónico: El perspectivismo indígena en César Calvo y Miguel Vilca. Modern Language Notes, 134 (Spring 2019): 414-441.
“Christian Bendayán: Queering the Archive from Iquitos, Perú.” Feminist Studies Vol. 43.2 (Fall 2017): 348-387. Awarded the Claire Moses Goldberg Prize for most theoretically innovative article, 2017.
“The Vitalist Aesthetic of Antenor Orrego and César Vallejo.” Chasqui (Spring 2014): 26-43.
“Melancholy and Transnationalism in El Teatro de los Andes.” Hecho teatral 13.1 (Spring 2013): 115-141.
“El aire de Arguedas de la década de 1960: Una sustancia común y crítica.” Revista Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. Año XXXIX 75.1 (Summer 2012): 51-76.
“Alejandra Dorado and Julieta Paredes: Queer Art and Human Rights in Contemporary Bolivia.” Letras Femeninas XXXVI.1 (Summer 2010): 19-36.
“The Intersubjective Ethic of Julieta Paredes’s Poetic.” Bolivian Studies Journal 8:1 (Winter 2010): 237-253.
"La Andetectura de Freddy Mamani: Entre lo espectacular y lo epistémico.” Visiones de los Andes. Edited by Ximena Briceño and Jorge Coronado. La Paz, Bolivia and Pittsburgh, PA: Editorial Plural (2019): 47-77.
“Decolonial Alliances in the Amazonian Air: César Calvo’s Las tres mitades de Ino Moxo y otros brujos de la Amazonía.” Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures (2016): 121-139.
BOOK and PERFORMANCE REVIEWS
Rosenberg, Fernando. After Human Rights: Literature, Visual Arts, and Film in Latin America, 1990-2010. MLN (Modern Language Notes) 132.2 (March 2017): 541-543.
Vallejo Aristizábal, Patricio. Un relámpago sobre el lago: selección de artículos y escritos sobre teatro. Latin American Theatre Review (Fall 2016): 110-111.
Archibald, Priscilla. Imagining Modernity in the Andes. Letras femeninas XXXVIII.1 (Summer 2012): 192-95.
“Cimientos Performance Workshop and Symposium, Cochabamba, Bolivia.” e-misférica 7.2 (Winter 2010). Electronic.
I completed my PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at University of California, Berkeley in 2011. I have taught at The College of William and Mary, Mount Holyoke College, and Marquette University. I love to travel, read, write, and walk around unfamiliar cities and landscapes. I am also a runner and like the solitude and reflection that the miles on the pavement, dirt, sand, and gravel bring, consistently, wherever I am and with whomever I share the journey.