- 20th and 21st-Century Latin American Literature and Film, with a focus on Mexico and Central America
- Environmental Humanities: Posthumanism, Ecocriticism, and Animal Studies
- Critical Theories of Race, Gender, and Disability
My research engages contemporary Mexican and Central American culture through the lens of ecocriticism. I examine how artists and writers portray the intersection between environmental and social justice through representational models that range from speculative fiction to the documentary.
I am currently at work on a monograph, Species Sadness: Race, Gender and Animality in Mexican and Central American Literature. This project traces how discourses of animality intersect with those of race, gender, and politics in twentieth-century Mexican and Central American literature.
As part of broader research in the environmental humanities, I am also collaborating on two edited volumes:
Timescales: Ecological Temporalities Across Disciplines, co-edited with Bethany Wiggin and Patricia Kim, brings together interdisciplinary research on the question of time in the Anthropocene.
Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema, co-edited with Gisela Heffes, theorizes the rich cinematic production coming out of Latin America that attends to environmental questions.
- Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
- M.A. University of Pennsylvania
- B.A. Rice University
- SPAN 326: Beyond the Human: Animals in Latin American Culture
- SPAN 468: Latin American Natures