Megan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her main area of expertise is Latin American Literatures and Cultures with special emphasis on the colonial period. She also holds a graduate minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her current research focuses on carceral institutions in late colonial Mexico (1700-1821) called recogimientos de mujeres. She uses an interdisciplinary framework to argue that these institutions served to regulate women through gendered, racialized, and class-based mechanisms of biopolitical control. In 2021-22, she will serve a graduate fellow with the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog, Max, dancing, singing, reading, watching foreign films, and journaling.
Colonial Latin America
Megan's research focuses colonial Latin American literature. Specifically, her dissertation project examines the gendered and racialized violence enacted on women placed in carceral institutions in late colonial Mexico.
MA in Spanish Studies - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BA in Spanish - University of Mississippi
BA in English - University of Mississippi
Grad College Dissertation Travel Grant (2018)
Awards and Honors
Illinois Humanities Research Institute Fellow (2021-2022)
IPRH Prize for Research in the Humanities - Best Graduate Research (2019-2020)
Marianne A. Ferber Award for Most Outstanding Dissertation Proposal in Gender and Women's Studies (2019)
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Tinker Fellow (Summer 2017)
“Debility and Domination in Recogimientos de mujeres in Late Colonial Mexico.” Accepted for publication in Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment 44.2 2021.
Works Under Review:
"Queer Bunny: Gender, Nostalgia, and Coloniality in Bad Bunny’s X100PRE." Co-authored with Mónica Lugo Vélez. Submitted to Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.
“Breaking and (Re)Making Gender and Race in Latin American Popular Music,” special journal issue co-edited with Dr. Mónica Lugo Vélez (Eastern Illinois University) and Dr. Rachell Sánchez-Rivera (University of Cambridge). Accepted to Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.
REVIEW OF Embodying the Sacred: Women Mystics in Seventeenth-Century Lima; Hispanic Review 87 1 2018.