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Mariana Barreto

Mariana Barreto

Mariana Barreto received her B.A. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Sociology. Her interests include Cultural Theory and Studies, Visual Culture, Psychoanalysis, Politics, and Gender Studies.


Marco Carvajal
Marco received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) with a concentration in Art History and Hispanic Literature. He also received a master’s degree in Literary Studies from Universidade Federal do Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil).  His interests are bilingual and cross-cultural writers, cosmopolitanism, the Andean region, Francophone literature, Lusophone literature, the avant-gardes, and contemporary literature.

IMG-20161015-WA0033.jpgFelipe Costa Neves

Felipe received his first BA in journalism from PUC-SP (Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo). He worked as a journalist in the early 2000s, being a reporter and editor for major Brazilian media outlets, such as Folha de S. PauloiG and Radio Bandeirantes. He dedicated his last years to civil service, being head of press and public relations for the Sao Paulo State Government. In parallel to the development of his journalistic career, he pursued his second BA in Literature and Linguistics from USP (University of Sao Paulo), Brazil's most important and prestigious university. His main interest is literature in general and its connections with other human sciences, such as sociology, history, anthropology and philosophy – literature as the lens through which he can see and understand the world. From a post-colonial perspective, he wants to work with contemporary fiction, especially the possible relations between Brazilian and other Portuguese-speaking cultures, such as Angola and Mozambique. 

deisi_photo_2020.pngDeisi Cuate

Deisi received her B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Wheaton College (MA). Subsequently, she taught 7th grade math in English and Spanish through Americorps as a teaching fellow in the South Bronx. Previously, she worked as a success college counselor in New York private and public colleges. Her research examines female literary representations of Latinx NY/NJ since the 1990s. She is particularly interested in how Latinx female-identified writers have problematized monolithic views of NY and its environs by reexamining the relationship between identity and space.

 josepicJosé Delpino

José holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas, 2005) and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Literature from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, 2014). He has taught courses and seminars on literature, literature theory and writing in both universities and he has experience in publishing projects. Presently, his research interests include varied forms of contemporary subjectivity, twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American literature and culture, biopolitics, and critical theory. His doctoral research is focused in the study of Venezuelan cultural productions and their political and aesthetical responses to the violent trauma of the country modernization between 1920 and 1970.


dsc_9889a.jpgLeonardo Gil Gómez

Leonardo received an MFA in Creative Writing from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a B.Ed. with Emphasis in Humanities and Spanish Language from Universidad Distrital "Francisco José de Caldas". He has worked as a lecturer in Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad Central, and also as editor in the independent project Himpar Editores. His interests are contemporary literature, cultural studies, politics and creative writing. 

ana-gomez-hernandez-picture.jpgAna Lydia Gómez Hernández

Ana Lydia Gómez Hernández received her B.A. in English from Florida International University, where she was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation- HSI Pathways to the Professoriate Fellow. Her interests include twentieth & twenty-first century Caribbean and Latin American Literature, cultural identity, memory, and queer theory.


johan-gotera.jpgJohan Gotera

Johan Gotera holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Literature from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, 2012). He has taken seminars and courses at Fundación Mempo Giardinelli, Argentina, and in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. He has published essays in magazines in Cuba, Venezuela and the United States. He has also published three books: Severo Sarduy: alcances de una novelística y otros ensayos (Caracas, 2005), Octavio Armand contra sí mismo (Madrid, 2012) and Deslindes del barroco. Erosión y archivo en Octavio Armand y Severo Sarduy (Leiden, 2016), as well as a series of interviews with the Cuban poet Octavio Armand. His interests are contemporary literature, Cuban literature and contemporary philosophy.  



Felipe Gutiérrez Franco

Felipe Gutiérrez Franco holds a B.A. in Literary Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, and a M.A. in Latin American Literature and Culture from the Instituto Caro y Cuervo, also in Bogotá. His areas of interest include: Long nineteenth century Latin American and Iberian cultures, Gender Studies, Visual Studies and Material Culture. His research focuses on the construction of the concept of “Patrimonio” in Colombia and Spain, and the ways it has been shaped and depicted by the cultural industry in a transatlantic perspective. He joined the Ph.D in Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University in 2019.  


Carlos Halaburda

Carlos G. Halaburda is a PhD candidate at the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Northwestern University. His dissertation, “The Fragility of Skin: Melodrama and the Reproductive Futures of Whiteness in Belle Époque Latin America,” examines how the criollo (Spanish-white) lettered elites associated whiteness with privilege, status, and political futures in their novels, short stories, scientific journals, crónicas, and plays. The thesis argues that a series of late-nineteenth-century literary and medical fictions recurred to melodramatic tropes about virtue, innocence, and dignity to produce whiteness as a differential phenotypical and existential condition to morally elevate white criollos over queer peoples and peoples of color. The project expands and reconfigures the current understandings of whiteness, sexuality, and reproduction in the cultural history of fin-de-siècle Latin America.

His peer-reviewed articles and book chapters examine, among other topics, patriarchal anxieties over the rise of first-wave feminism in the post-abolition Brazilian novel (Taller de Letras, 2020); Venezuela’s first naturalist novel Débora (1884) by Tomás Michelena and its polemical treatment of homosociality and queerness (Bogotá: Himpar, 2020); the relation of melodrama, race, transatlantic migrations, and eugenics in 1920s Argentine theatre (Latin American Theatre Review, forthcoming in 2021); and the reception of French phenomenology in the contemporary Hispanic novel of Auschwitz and the Spanish Civil War (Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, forthcoming in 2021). Research for these projects has drawn financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Berlin Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, the Northwestern Sexualities Project, and the Buffet Institute.

His second project, provisionally titled The Theatre of Race in Argentina’s Tango Era, 1900-1930, studies the underexplored connection of scientific racism, migration, and performance arts at the beginning of the twentieth century in Buenos Aires.

Before coming to Northwestern, Carlos G. Halaburda completed a Master of Arts in History at The University of British Columbia, Canada, where he was a Joseph-Armand Bombardier fellow. 


Anamaria León Barrios

Anamaría León Barrios received an M.A. in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture from Syracuse University (Syrcuse, 2019) and a B.A. in Literature from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, 2016). She was awarded the Gerlinde Ulm Sanford for Outstanding M.A. Student of Spanish at Syracuse University (2019). She has worked as an editor at Fundación Biblioteca Ayacucho for five years. She edited the book Llamas sobre el llanto by Cesar Rengifo, a collection of his main plays, and she also co-edited several books. As well, Anamaria recently participated in the conference “Borders and Boundaries: New Latin American Realities,” The Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) with her text “ Sab de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda: un esclavo letrado en medio de un proceso de transculturación.” She has taken seminars of creative writing at the Fundación Casa Nacional de las Letras Andrés Bello and text editing and proofreading at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. Her research interests are focused on the analysis of the representation of marginal subjects and their hybrid configuration in Latin American literature. Specifically from the Caribbean and also from those countries that share a common geographic space through the Amazonian jungle, like Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, and Colombia. She focuses on race and its reconstruction in different levels of story and discourse, especially in the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth-century literature in Latin America.

ana-lucia.jpegAna Lucia Martínez-Molina

Ana Lucía Martínez obtained her bachelor's degree in Hispanic-American literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2010) and her master's degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2017). She has worked as a university-level teacher in Lima for 11 years and, has been a Spanish language and culture instructor at the University of Colorado. She has won a LASC Tinker grant for research (2016), a LASA grant from the Peru section (2018) and a DAAD grant for a research stay at the Freie Universitat Berlin (2020). Her interests focus on the second half of the twentieth century in Latin America, particularly in the motif of the vestige: the ruins and the catastrophe and how the elements of material destruction have shaped the new forms of contemporary Latin American poetry and visual art, especially in the work of peruvian and chilean authors.

smcnabb-photo.jpegStephen McNabb

Stephen received a Bachelor’s (2015) and Master’s of Arts (2017) in Spanish from Portland State University. His Master’s thesis examined the representation of cultural identity in Gamaliel Churata’s El Pez de Oro. His current research interests include: Andean Studies, Amazonian Studies, Print and Textual Studies, Decolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Publishing, and Translation Studies. Before coming to Northwestern, Stephen completed a Fulbright Fellowship at La Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Sede Amazonia where he maintains the position of English Style Editor for the joint institutional publication Mundo Amazónico. 


Alicia Núñez

Alicia received her B.A in Spanish and a B.S. in Psychology from California Lutheran University in 2015. Alicia is interested in problematizing the linearity and materiality of movement in migration to explore the dynamic nature of latinidad. Specifically, Alicia dialogues hemispherically between soundscapes and U.S. Latinx literature to understand how a sonic intertextual reading can contribute to the material records of mobility often studied in border and migration studies. Alicia’s other research focuses include: Punk Rock in Los Angeles, U.S. Central American Literature, and notions of “Childhood” in Latinx literature. 


mpalacio-profile-pic.jpgMaría Camila Palacio 

María Camila received a B.A. in Literature from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and, most recently, an M.A in Digital Humanities from Loyola University Chicago. She has collaborated with several Digital Humanities projects, like the 1968 Democratic National Convention virtual reality experience made by the Chicago History Museum, the Lili Elbe Digital Archive from Loyola University,  and her own project,  "Periodismo en Tiempos de Guerra", which aims to serve both as an archive of the armed conflict coverage in Colombia and a tool to compare and study how mediums have narrated the conflict in Colombia. Currently, María Camila is interested in studying contemporary narratives of the conflict in Colombia and analyze how these narratives conform a vision of the conflict and a series of discourses that impact the way Colombia's recent past is seen and read. She would also like to explore how the use of tools and practices such as mapping, data visualization, and text analysis, could contribute to her research. 



Iván Pérez

Iván received his B.A. in Public Communications from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and an M.A. in English Literature from the same institution. He then worked as a college professor and journalist. He has published book and film reviews online. He also co-edited a book collecting short stories and poems by young Puerto Rican writers, including some of his own texts. In 2018, Editorial Disonante published his first poetry chapbook, titled Para restarse.  His main research interests lie in 20th century and contemporary Latin American, Caribbean and latinx U.S. comic books and graphic novels, especially those that depict the everyday lives of these subjects and their national or transnational environments, issues of race, gender or diaspora. 


yportales-profile-photo.jpegYasmín S. Portales Machado

Yasmín received a B.A. in Theater Critic from the Cuban University of Arts (2007) and an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Oregon (2018). Her research examines the ways in which science fiction depicts politics, sexualities and families in the Spanish Caribbean Literature. She is particularly interested in studying Cuban cyberpunk, and Cuban female science fiction writers as Anabel Enriquez and Daina Chaviano. She has published essays in the feminist magazine Pikara, the social sciences journalTemasand the edited volumes Women Past and Present: Biographic and Multidisciplinary Studies(Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), La isla y las estrellas. el ensayo y la crítica de ciencia ficción en Cuba(Editorial Cubaliteraria, 2015) and Anatomía de una isla. Jóvenes ensayistas cubanos(Ediciones La Luz, Cuba, 2015). Her fiction work had appeared in Antología de cuentos homoeróticos(Col. Homoerótica, vol. I, España, 2007), Antología de cuentos homoeróticos(Origin EYaoiES & Col. Homoerótica, vol. II, España, 2008), Deuda temporal. Antología de narradoras cubanas de ciencia ficción, (Col. SurEditores, Cuba, 2015), Sombras nada más. 36 escritoras cubanas contra la violencia hacia la mujer(Ediciones UNION, Cuba, 2015), and Órbita Juracán: Cuentos cubanos de ciencia ficción(Voces de Hoy, Miami, 2016). 

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Gabriel obtained a double B.A in Philosophy and Literature (2016) and a M.A in Philosophy (2017) from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. During this time, his research focused on the poetry of Idea Vilariño and, on the philosophical side, on classical American pragmatism. Most recently, he completed an Erasmus Mundus M.A in Crossways in Cultural Narratives (2020) from Università di Bergamo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and University of St Andrews. For this M.A, he wrote a thesis in which he explored the early narrative of Uruguayan author Mario Levrero in relation to postmodernism and theories of space. His areas of interest include pragmatism, ecocriticism, and philosophy of science. Within this framework, he would like to study Latin American science fiction and horror. Gabriel joined the Ph.D in Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University in 2020. 


Zorimar Rivera Montes

Zorimar Rivera Montes has a B.A. in History of the Americas and an M.A. in Caribbean and U.S. Literature, both from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, where she also taught seminar courses on Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora in the U.S. She is interested in working on 20th and 21st century Puerto Rican literature and cultural production, both from the island and its diaspora, and its relationship to discourses on national identity, colonialism, race, gender and sexualities. 


Catalina Rodríguez

Catalina received a B.A. in Hispanic Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Her dissertation project, titled "Writing Like a Woman: Gendered Pseudonyms in Nineteenth-century Latin America (1830-1899)", studies the role of pseudonyms in the regulation and creation of gendered practices and social concepts in nineteenth-century Latin America. Her project questions the figure of the author through the lens of feminist theory, drawing on a mix of archival, literary, visual and journalistic texts. She also has interests in Laura Mendez de Cuenca's (1853-1928) transnational journalism and on the relation between Latin American 19th century studies and Latino Modernism. Catalina's research has been published in Revista de la Universidad de Antioquia and the the Latin American Literary Review. 



Jesse Rothbard

Jesse received his B.A. in Spanish and Biochemistry from Carleton College in 2017. After graduation he worked as a research associate in the neurology department at Stanford University Medical School before teaching in Santiago del Estero, Argentina as a Fulbright grantee. His principal interests are centered on cosmopolitanism, urban studies, and the transatlantic detective story in Spain and Latin America.


Pedro Varguillas

Pedro received a B.A in Latin American Literature from Universidad de Los Andes in 2010 and studied a M.A in Iberian – American Literature at the same university. He is currently interested in Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and revolution in Latin America. His research explores the genre of Venezuelan EDM known as Changa Tuki as a popular cultural movement and a social movement/participant in the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela. Specifically, he focuses on Changa Tuki from 2001 to 2007, tracing the emergence through this musical movement of what he calls political gestuality. Political gestuality is a device that sets the revolutionary process in motion and then continues to function within it. His work explores Changa Tuki as sound politics, specifically, a politics of appropriation of space in the city of Caracas. He is also interested in “electro sound diaspora.”


christian_profile-picture.jpgChristian Vásquez 

Christian holds a B.Ed. in Humanities and Spanish from Universidad Distrital "Francisco José de Caldas" (2010). In 2015, he earned an M.A. in Literature from Universidad de los Andes, where he worked in the Writing Center as lecturer and coordinator of writing courses from 2015 to 2018. He is also a member of Himpar Editores, an independent publishing house settled in Bogotá, Colombia. His research interests include contemporary Latin American literature and Cultural studies. 



Cintia Vezzani

Cintia Kozonoi Vezzani is a Ph.D. candidate working on her dissertation entitled “Shared Secrets, Public Lies: The Crisis of Marriage in Turn-of-the-Century Brazilian Literature,” where she investigates the epistolary history of female adultery. In a comparative approach, Vezzani examines the circulation of epistolary and adultery novels between France, Portugal, and Brazil, to situate Brazilian literary production in a global dialogue concerning social norms regarding female sexuality. With her dissertation she traces the relationship between asymmetrical gender relations and the circulation of information in 19th-century fiction. Cintia Vezzani has presented her ongoing work at several conferences, including MLA (2018), ACLA (2017), and LASA (2017), and has joined international summer schools, such as the Institute for World Literature (IWL, 2015), the Lisbon Consortium (2016), and the Summer Institute Cologne ([sic!], 2017). She is part of the inaugural group of Northwestern University students to participate in the Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Program organized by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in collaboration with other American universities. With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Graduate School at Northwestern University, Vezzani conducted research in Portugal, France, Germany, and Brazil. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) in French, Portuguese, and Brazilian literature (2012), has been an exchange student at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 (2010-2011) and is presently a member of the Northwestern Paris Program in Critical Theory (2018-2019) affiliated with the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.



Jacob Wilkenfeld

Jacob received a B.A. in English and Latin American Studies from the University of Connecticut at Storrs and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research examines the ways in which modernity and cultural hybridity have been thematized in Portuguese and Brazilian Literature. He is particularly interested in studying Jewish-Brazilian novelists such as Moacyr Scliar and Clarice Lispector, Afro-Brazilian writers such as Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis and João da Cruz e Sousa, and the modernist movements of Brazil and Portugal. He has published articles in Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and in the edited volumes The Limits of Literary Translation: Expanding Frontiers in Iberian Languages and Whitman Noir: Black America and the Good Gray Poet.



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