• 20th Century Spanish American Narrative
  • Political thought
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • literary theory

My research explores intersections between literature, philosophy, and political thought in Spanish America. My first two books explored literary responses to problems associated with modernity and modernization in Spanish America.

I am currently working on a project that examines new forms of conflict and violence in Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua) in contexts of narco-capitalism, gang violence, migration and flight. I am interested in exploring how the past (recent experiences of revolution, civil war and counter-insurgency as well as older colonial and imperial histories) contributes to shaping present-day conflicts, while also looking at how contemporary experiences pose challenges to established ways of thinking about social conflict and violence.

Past Affiliations
Literature, Portuguese, Chicano/a Studies, Spanish
PhD, State University of New York at Binghamton, Comparative Literature, 2000
MA, State University of New York at Binghamton, Philosophy, 1996
BA, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Comparative Literature, 1992