Graduate Students

Aaron Aguilar-Ramirez

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.

Marion Aquino

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

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.

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Felipe Neves

Felipe received his first BA in journalism from PUC-SP (Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo). He worked as a journalist in the early 2000s, being a reporter and editor for major Brazilian media outlets, such as Folha de S. Paulo, iG and Radio Bandeirantes. He dedicated his last years to civil service, being head of press and public relations for the Sao Paulo State Government. In parallel to the development of his journalistic career, he pursued his second BA in Literature and Linguistics from USP (University of Sao Paulo), Brazil's most important and prestigious university. His main interest is literature in general and its connections with other human sciences, such as sociology, history, anthropology and philosophy – literature as the lens through which he can see and understand the world. From a post-colonial perspective, he wants to work with contemporary fiction, especially the possible relations between Brazilian and other Portuguese-speaking cultures, such as Angola and Mozambique.

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Verónica Dávila Ellis

Verónica Dávila Ellis received an M.A. in Latin American Literature from the University of Florida and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. Her research interests include contemporary Caribbean and Latinx music, literature, and popular culture. Her dissertation will examine the politics of gender involved in the performance of reggaetón by queer and female artists. She is currently the Graduate Assistant for the Latinao Studies Program. 


José Delpino

José holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature from Universidad Central de Venezuela (Caracas, 2005) and a Master’s Degree in Latin American Literature from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, 2014). He has taught courses and seminars on literature, literature theory and writing in both universities and he has experience in publishing projects. Presently, his research interests include varied forms of contemporary subjectivity, twentieth- and twenty-first-century Latin American literature and culture, biopolitics, and critical theory. His doctoral research is focused in the study of Venezuelan cultural productions and their political and aesthetical responses to the violent trauma of the country modernization between 1920 and 1970.

Lily Frusciante

Lily Frusciante

In 2011, Lily graduated from New York University where she received her B.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture. Lily came to Northwestern after teaching for two years in Miami-Dade County as part of the Teach for America program. She is currently researching testimonies, testimonial narratives, and films that relate to the late 20th century dictatorships in Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. Lily is particularly interested in researching the act of bearing witness–in both juridical and cultural settings–as well as the role bearing witness plays in the construction of memory of moments of state-sponsored violence.

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Leonardo Gil Gómez

Leonardo received an MFA in Creative Writing from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a B.Ed. with Emphasis in Humanities and Spanish Language from Universidad Distrital "Francisco José de Caldas". He has worked as a lecturer in Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad Central, and also as editor in the independent project Himpar Editores. His interests are contemporary literature, cultural studies, politics and creative writing. 

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Johan Gotera

Johan Gotera holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American Literature from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Caracas, 2012). He has taken seminars and courses at Fundación Mempo Giardinelli, Argentina, and in the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. He has published essays in magazines in Cuba, Venezuela and the United States. He has also published three books: Severo Sarduy: alcances de una novelística y otros ensayos (Caracas, 2005), Octavio Armand contra sí mismo (Madrid, 2012) and Deslindes del barroco. Erosión y archivo en Octavio Armand y Severo Sarduy (Leiden, 2016), as well as a series of interviews with the Cuban poet Octavio Armand. His interests are contemporary literature, Cuban literature and contemporary philosophy.  

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Carlos Halaburda
Carlos G. Halaburda received a B.A. in History and Hispanic Literatures (2014) and graduated with an M.A. in History (2016) at The University of British Columbia. His main research interests are the dialogical relation of Freudo-Marxism and Critical Theory to the 20th century Latin American novel. In addition, his field of specialization includes Holocaust concentration camp literature and the role of its aesthetic politics in Southern Cone post-dictatorships testimonial narratives. He attended The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Poland, 2014) where he explored the ideological roots of Nazism and its politics of life and death (biopolitics). His doctoral research will focus on the critical view of Interwar Fascism (1919-1939) that the Argentine writer Roberto Arlt (1900-1942) formulates in his two volume novel Los siete locos (1929) and Los lanzallamas (1931). Based on Arlt’s literary perspective, his research seeks to reflect on present anxieties over Fascism’s return to global politics.

Jack Martinez Arias

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 Clorinda Matto de Turner, Modesto Omiste, Jose Maria Arguedas, and Manuel Scorza; and interrelations of literature and politics in Contemporary Latin America narrative. He is author of the novel Bajo la sombra (Animal de invierno 2014), and currently serves on the editorial board of El Hablador, Revista Virtual de Literatura.

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Walther Maradiegue

Walther received his M.A. in Anthropology -with a focus in Andean Studies- from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2014. His current research focuses on indigenous literacies, ethnography of writing and history, as well as the linguistic and visual construction of indianness, especially thinking of the Northern Peruvian Andes during the turn from the 19th to the 20th century.

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Alicia Núñez

Alicia received her B.A. in Spanish and B.S. in Psychology from California Lutheran University in 2015. She is interested in Latina/o literature and the use of Bilingualism and cultural manifestations in understanding the Latino identity and experience in the United States. Specifically, she wants to research how music and cultural hybridity has played a transformative role in the Latinization of public urban spaces.

Minwook Oh

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.


Iván Pérez

Iván received his B.A. in Public Communications from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, and an M.A. in English Literature from the same institution. He then worked as a college professor and journalist. He has published book and film reviews online. He also co-edited a book collecting short stories and poems by young Puerto Rican writers, including some of his own texts. His main research interests lie in 20th century and contemporary Latin American, Caribbean and latinx U.S. comic books and graphic novels, especially those that depict the everyday lives of these subjects and their national or transnational environments, issues of race, gender or diaspora. 

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Zorimar Rivera Montes

Zorimar Rivera Montes has a B.A. in History of the Americas and an M.A. in Caribbean and U.S. Literature, both from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, where she also taught seminar courses on Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora in the U.S. She is interested in working on 20th and 21st century Puerto Rican literature and cultural production, both from the island and its diaspora, and its relationship to discourses on national identity, colonialism, race, gender and sexualities. 

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Catalina Rodríguez

Catalina received a B.A. in Hispanic Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Then she worked as a research assistant in the same university. Her current interests vary upon 19th century Latin American Literature, Historical Novels and the reception of some Latin American Woman Writers. In the past she has approached the prolific work of the Colombian woman writer Soledad Acosta de Samper (1833 - 1913).

Pedro Varguillas

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 ofsimilar cultures in the region.

Cintia Vezzani

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.”