My research engages the fields of Latin American Studies, American studies, and Cold War studies, among others. I study 20th-century Spanish American literature and the cultural and political contexts in which it was written, published, and canonized. I also focus on Cold War cultural diplomacy in and beyond the Americas. My research includes both literary criticism and cultural history, and has been published in journals serving multiple disciplines (e.g., Diplomatic History, Latin American Research Review, American Literature, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos).
My current research project, Cold War Humanities, examines how scholars in the fields of foreign languages and literatures as well as American studies used their teaching, scholarship, and administrative efforts to complement official U.S. efforts to win hearts and minds around the world
- Cold War cultural relations between Spanish America and the U.S.
- Cold War cultural diplomacy
- the Cold War history of humanistic disciplines in the U.S. university
- Comparative literatures of the Americas
- Faulkner and Spanish American literature
- the Mexican intellectual infrastructure
Over the past few years, I have developed new courses on Latin and Caribbean literatures, as well as American (broadly defined) literature and culture that have been listed with American Studies, English, Latino Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
- comparative literature of the Americas; Faulkner and Spanish American literature; Mexican intellectual infrastructure and Cold War cultural relations between Spanish America and the U.S.; Cold War cultural diplomacy
Subject Area: Spanish & Portuguese