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nubiophoto.jpgEzra Arreola Martinez 

Ezra received a dual B.A. in Gender & Women's Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies from the same institution. They have worked as a Mellon Fellowship assistant for the Inter-University Program for Latino Research and as an independent researcher at the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam. Their research examines how transnational anarchist networks have shaped sexual cultures throughout Latin America. They are particularly interested in late 19th and early 20th century literary works on amor libre written in the cities of the Rio de la Plata, where narratives of sexual deviance emerge as forms of self-expression and a site of class conflict. Their writing has appeared in publications like AREA Chicago and in the edited volume Open Borders: In Defense of Free Movement. Their involvement in grassroots organizing against gentrification, displacement and immigrant detention is central to producing the ethics that inform their life's work. 

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.  

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.   

helo-imada.jpgHeloísa Imada

Heloísa Imada received her B.A. in Literary Studies (2017)  from State University of Campinas. She also holds a Master's degree in Theory and Literary History (2021) from the same institution, where she was a CAPES scholar. During her Master's, she was also an invited researcher for the Médias19 project, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Guillaume Pinson at Université Laval (2020). Her interests are Visual Studies, Material Culture, and Press Circulation focusing mostly on the relation between fashion and literature in Latin American culture in the fin-de-siècle. Heloísa's research has been published in peer-reviewed journals Modapalavra and Revista Mídia e Cotidiano.  


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.

picturechristian.jpgChristian Martinez Arias

Christian received his B.A. in Literature from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. He has written small pieces on Peruvian literature for local newspapers and book reviews for cultural websites. His academic research has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Horizonte de la Ciencia. Currently, his areas of interest are: Andean Studies, Critical Theory and Psychoanalysis. 


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 cue
ntos 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).

eduardo-bello-department-website-pic.pngEduardo Ramirez Bello

Eduardo has a B.A. in Hispanic Literature from the University of Guadalajara and an M.A. in Peninsular and Spanish American Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on the manifestations of Modernism in Latin America during the mid-20th century and their impact and influence on different disciplines, such as literature, cinema, urbanism, and architecture. 

Gabriel Restrepo Parradopicture_gabriel-r.jpeg

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 Rothbard received his B.A. from Carleton College in Spanish and Biochemistry. His research interests include transatlantic crime fiction, contemporary Latin American film, media studies and queer theory. Jesse’s current research project, centered on queer criminalization and criminality in the first half of the 20th century in Latin America, has received support from the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and Fulbright.

sofia_sanchez_photo.jpgSofía Sánchez

Sofía holds a B.E.d. in Humanities and Spanish from Universidad Distrital "Francisco José de Caldas". She also completed an M.A in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also worked as visiting lecturer upon graduation. Her research interests have focused on contemporary Colombian theater, specifically on the relationship between dramaturgy, memory and political violence. Her undergrad thesis examined plays that questioned the legitimacy of the state archive as an official repository of national memory on Colombia’s armed conflict. Most recently, her research centers on studies of dramaturgy and gender in Latin America, particularly in the reception and transformations of Antigone in the region.


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. 


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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