Graduate Students


Aarón Aguilar-Ramírez

Aarón received his B.A. in Spanish and History from Whitman College in 2012. His interests lie close to the Tropic of Cancer in the Americas, namely, in Mexican and Cuban history and cultural production. He is particularly interested in the negotiated ideas of self and nation that result from a Mexican and Cuban history of revolution and migration.


Marlon Aquino

Marlon received a B.A. in Latin American Literature from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Lima, Peru). He has worked as a copyeditor, cultural assistant, and editor. He has also published book reviews and articles on literature in different websites. His interests include the Boom writers, contemporary Latin American fiction, novel of revolution and dictatorship, oral tradition and folklore in the Andean region, testimonio, and Peruvian contemporary drama.


Mariana Barreto

Mariana Barreto received her B.A. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Sociology. Her interests include Cultural Theory and Studies, Visual Culture, Psychoanalysis, Politics, and Gender Studies.






Verónica Dávila Ellis

Verónica received an M.A. in Spanish Literature from the university of Florida and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She is interested in 20th and 21st century caribbean literature and its relationship to urban popular music along with other cultral manifestations. Specifically she wants to work with raggaetón aesthetics and short narratives from Puerto Rico.


Lily Frusciante

In 2011, Lily graduated from New York University where she received her B.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture. While at NYU, she studied abroad in Argentina but redirected her studies to Andean indigenous movements while writing her senior honors thesis. She is interested in researching how indigenous groups, particularly those in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, gain access to the political arenas of their perspective countries. She is also interested in seeing how cultural productions such as music, art, and literature play a role in this fight for equality and civil rights.



Talita Hengles

Talita received her B.A. from Unicamp—Universidade Estatudal de Campinas (São Paulo State University at Campinas, Brazil)— in 2010. While studying, she worked as assistant at Unicamp: at the Philosophy and Social Science Institute Library; at the Culture Social History Research Center; at the Aphasic Center; and at the Museum and Archive. Also, she developed two undergraduate research projects: “‘Badaladas’: Além de literatura, uma leitura de política." about a compilation of small stories published in a nineteenth-century Brazilian newspaper; and "Memórias da Educação Física Escolar: Histórias de Gestores," about a group of school administrators' letters from the period of the Brazilian Military Dictatorship. In order to understand today’s world, her interests are Brazilian nineteenth-century society, educational system, politics, slavery, religion, intellectuals, language, and how issues in Brazil interacts to the Latin-American context.


Jack Martinez Arias

Jack graduated in 2007 from the University of San Marcos (Lima, Perú) with a B.A. in Latin American Literature. Before coming to Northwestern he spent time working as a cultural journalist for various print publications. His interests include: Andean literature, focusing on writers Jose Maria Arguedas and Manuel Scorza; interrelations of literature and politics in Contemporary Latin America narrative; and Peruvian cinema. He currently serves on the editorial board of El Hablador, Revista Virtual de Literatura.  


Walther Maradiegue

Walther received his B.A. in Communications Science, and his M.A. in Anthropology -with a focus in Andean Studies- from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2014. His M.A. dissertation examined Culture, Identities, Politics and Performance in the Northern Coast of Perú. He is also interested in Cultural discourses, Contemporary History and Ethnography in the Northern Peruvian Andes.


Minwook Oh

Minwook received a B.A in Spanish from Seoul National University in 2009 and a M.A in Latin American Literature from Seoul National University in 2012. His academic goals are oriented toward Latin American literature, more specifically to the novel theory and the representation of reality. In his master´s thesis, he applied Ricoeur's theory to the essays of the Mexican author Carlos Fuentes to reveal the universal value of Latin American works.  He currently intends to specialize in Mexican literature and culture in the late 19th century, with an emphasis on “Modernismo” and gender and sexualities.


Pedro Varguillas

Pedro received a B.A in Latin American Literature from Universidad de Los Andes in 2010 and studied a M.A in Iberian – American Literature at the same university. He is interested in Venezuelan cultural productions that feature a certain type of marginal subject and render an account of that subject’s ways of conceiving and “feeling” the nation, citizenship and the State. His research focuses on popular cultural artifacts that include not only literary texts, but also music, newspaper articles and Youtube videos. He wants to trace their rhetoric, enunciative strategies, and impact on social reality and Venezuelan politics; and to situate this beta Culture within a broader Latin American context, comparing its devices and functionality, as well as its aesthetic and political reach, to those of similar cultures in the region.


Cintia Vezzani

Cintia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Portuguese, Brazilian, and French Literature from the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.  While at USP she did an exchange program at Université Lumière Lyon 2 (2010 – 2011), researching the construction of the female and male ideals according to the author’s gender and the period when he/she lived.  In parallel with her undergraduate studies, Cintia developed a one-year research project based on Fernando Pessoa’s fictional prose, first focusing on his detective stories, and second analyzing his philosophical narrative, being sponsored by the Universidade de São Paulo Dean’s Office.  Presently, her main academic interest is to delve deeper into the relationship between literature and photography and the topic about the passing from the 19th to the 20th century, outlined by the visual arts scope. Her article about Dom Casmurro (1889) and photography was published online in “Machado de Assis em Linha.”