I’m interested in Latin American and US-Latino literature, film, and photography from the 19th and 20th century. Particularly, I’m interested in the negotiations of gender and sexuality especially in instances of transnational and border narratives and how cultural bodies try and regulate behavior. In the past, I’ve explored the expression of nation in Chicano, immigrant and Creole-Louisianan literature and have also worked on tracing translations of “The Tempest” in the Caribbean postcolonial and négritude movements. Lately, I’ve been working on my masters thesis titled “The Faces of Argentine Prostitution of the Early 20th Century.” My current research focuses on the representation of female prostitutes from the early 20th century in Argentina and the sub-culture of human trafficking. I’m interested in how these literary and filmic representations contribute to rape culture and a culture of misogyny. I will be comparing these representations to testimonies, letters, and photographs of real women that worked during that time in an effort to combat the dehumanization of these women and present an alternative viewpoint to the traditional accusatory act of victim-blaming. It is my belief that academia can function as a platform for real social change and activism.
B.A. Hispanic Studies, French Studies, Rice University (2016)
“Violence in the Construction of a Mexican-American Masculinity,” IASA VIII World Congress. Laredo, TX. July 21, 2017.