I received a PhD in English from the University of Notre Dame in August 2007, and joined the UTEP faculty as Assistant Professor the same month. I teach courses on twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Caribbean Literature, African Diasporic Literature, and World Literature. As an immigrant who grew up near the Austrian-Italian border and as a scholar whose main research interests include Latina/o American literature, gender, and migration, I am excited to now live in the US-Mexico borderlands and work with students whose daily lives are characterized by multiple border crossings.
My interdisciplinary collection, Dialogues Across Diasporas: Women Writers, Scholars, and Activists of Africana and Latina Descent in Conversation, co-edited with Sarah E. Ryan, was published under the aegis of the Critical Africana Series by Lexington Books in December 2012. My monograph, Diasporic Bodies: Contemporary Historical Fiction and the Intimate Public Sphere, examines how historical novels by US-Latina/o and Afro-Caribbean writers published since the end of the Cold War reflect two paradigmatic shifts in American Studies: the “affective” turn, and the study of American literature in the context of US-imperialism; it is currently a finalist for the ICI Manuscript Competition. My scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in American Quarterly, Antipodas, Callaloo, El Mundo Zurdo 2, Interdisciplinary Humanities, Latino Studies, Inhabiting la Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Work of Julia Alvarez, and in the Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies, edited by Ilan Stavans. I have presented papers at the annual conferences of the American Studies Association, American Comparative Literature Association, Latin American Studies Association, MELUS and MESEA. I teach courses in American Literature (1865 to the present), Caribbean literature, Chicana/o and Latina/o literature, post-colonial literature, women’s literature, and world literature. My current research focuses on constructions and translations of Latinidad in the European Uniony.
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