Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Los Angeles (2019)
M.A. in Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles (2014)
M.A. in Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College (2011)
B.A. in English, Spanish Minor, San Diego State University (2007)
My dissertation, “Memory, Human Rights, and Victimhood: Narratives of State Terror in Argentina and Brazil,” is a comparative project that engages with the literature and film that depicts the dictatorships in Argentina (1976-1983) and Brazil (1964-1985), particularly of state violence and its aftermath. My research interests include human rights, media studies, critical theory, the Southern Cone, and Brazil.
“Build Bridges, Paint Walls: The Theory and Practice of Engaging the Humanities with Street Art.” Cultural Studies in the Digital Age. Edited by William Nericcio, Antonio Rafele, and Frederick Luis Aldama. San Diego: SDSU Press/CODEX. (Forthcoming).
“Herbert Daniel: Gay Brazilian Revolutionary.” (Book Review) Luso-Brazilian Review. (Forthcoming in 2020).
“Tortured Text: An Analysis of the Absent Pages of Ignácio de Loyola Brandão’s Zero.” Mester, 42.1 (2014): 67-88.
“Luisa Valenzuela’s Muted Dissidence in ‘Aquí nace la inocencia.’” Canto: A Bilingual Review of Latin American Civilization, Culture, and Literature 5.1 (2013): 25-32.
“A Void and an Emptiness.” The CLD: A Journal of Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. June 2011. (translation from the Portuguese of Cíntia Moscovich’s short story, “Um oco e um vazio”)
2018 “Cultural Memory in Argentina: Remembering State Violence through Sites of Memory and Ausencias.” San Diego State University, San Diego, California. May 1
2016 “Teaching into Action: La enseñanza comunicativa para docentes de lenguas extranjeras.” Institución Tecnológica Colegio Mayor Bolívar, Cartagena, Colombia. June 14
2016 “Clarice Lispector’s ‘Smallest Woman in the World’ and the Self-Critical Theorist.” Atelier de Théorie Critique. Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France. July 22
2015 “Em plena democracia: A representação de justiça criminal no documentário brasileiro contemporâneo.” Latin American Studies Association. San Juan, PR. May 30
2014 “Taking Shit Seriously: Scatological Failure in Contemporary Brazilian Literature.” American Comparative Literature Association. New York, NY. March 22
2013 “Brazilian Baile Funk as a Culture Industry.” Art in Public Spaces: Intimate and Other Messages Across Borders. Casa Familiar’s The Front, San Ysidro, CA. November 7
2013 “Crossing Lake Elsinore: A Cultural Critique of Elizondo’s Elsinore: Un cuaderno.” Presented at 2013 Hemi-GSI Convergence – Experimental Collectivities. Los Angeles, CA. October 11
2012 “Greater than Zero: Censorship and the Missing Pages of Ignácio de Loyola Brandão’s Zero.” XVI Southern California Brazilian Studies Conference. Aliso Viejo, CA. October 6
Fellowships and Awards
2019 Mellon-Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
2019 Charles E. and Sue K. Young Award, Office of the Deans, University of California, Los Angeles
2019 Research Fellowship, Center for Brazilian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
2019 UCLA Arts Initiative for “Build Bridges, Paint Walls,” University of California, Los Angeles
2018 Collegium of University Teaching Fellows, University of California, Los Angeles
2018 Teaching Assistant of the Year, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles
2017 Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant, São Paulo, Brazil
2015 Cal State Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program, San Diego State University
2014 Graduate Research Mentorship, University of California, Los Angeles
2014 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, University of California, Los Angeles
2014 Rookie Teaching Assistant of the Year, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, University of
California, Los Angeles
2013 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, University of California, Los Angeles
2012 Del Amo Graduate Student Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
2011 Leslie Center Professional Development Fellowship, Dartmouth College
2010 Comparative Literature Graduate Student Fellowship, Dartmouth College
2008 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina