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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 also co-edited a book collecting short stories and poems by young Puerto Rican writers, including some of his own texts. He publishes book and film reviews in different websites. His main interests lie in 20th century and contemporary Latin American fictions and their intersections with U.S. popular culture. Specifically, he wants to works with the influence mediums like the comic book, film and television have on Hispanic literature.
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 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.”