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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.


Marco Carvajal
Marco received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) with a concentration in Art History and Hispanic Literature. He also received a master’s degree in Literary Studies from Universidade Federal do Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil).  His interests are bilingual and cross-cultural writers, cosmopolitanism, the Andean region, Francophone literature, Lusophone literature, the avant-gardes, and contemporary literature.

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Deisi received her B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Wheaton College (MA). Subsequently, she taught 7th grade math in English and Spanish through Americorps as a teaching fellow in the South Bronx. Previously, she worked as a success college counselor in New York private and public colleges. Deisi aims to explore the Latin American literary production in the years between modernism and post-boom. Particularly researching how authors in Mexico and Cuba responded to the sociopolitical realities of their countries. She intends to delve into the changes in narrative structures caused by Spanish despotism in Cuba and narcoviolence in Mexican literature. 


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. 

 josepicJosé 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.  

Carlos Halaburda

Carlos G. Halaburda received a B.A. in Hispanic Literatures (2014) and graduated with an M.A. in History (2016) at The University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the intersections of Judeo-Christian traditions, science and the critique of capitalism in the 19th century Iberoamerican melodrama. His field of specialization includes the history of literary realism and its encounters with the eugenics movement in Europe and the Americas. He attended The International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Poland, 2014) where he explored the role of psychiatric medicine in National Socialism’s politics of life and death (biopolitics). He is particularly interested in studying Hispanic and Lusophone realist authors such as Eugenio Cambaceres and Rufino Blanco-Fombona, Aluísio Azevedo and Julio Ribeiro. His doctoral thesis examines the ways in which the Iberoamerican melodrama articulates a critique of the alliance between nation, science and global capitalism. His study of The Drowned and The Saved by Primo Levi was published in the edited volume The More I know, The Less I Understand by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Publishing House

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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.


 Felipe PictureFelipe 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. PauloiG 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.

Alicia Núñez

Alicia received her B.A in Spanish and a B.S. in Psychology from California Lutheran University in 2015. Alicia is interested in problematizing the linearity and materiality of movement in migration to explore the dynamic nature of latinidad. Specifically, Alicia dialogues hemispherically between soundscapes and U.S. Latinx literature to understand how a sonic intertextual reading can contribute to the material records of mobility often studied in border and migration studies. Alicia’s other research focuses include: Punk Rock in Los Angeles, U.S. Central American Literature, and notions of “Childhood” in Latinx literature.


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 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 currently interested in Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and revolution in Latin America. His research explores the genre of Venezuelan EDM known as Changa Tuki as a popular cultural movement and a social movement/participant in the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela. Specifically, he focuses on Changa Tuki from 2001 to 2007, tracing the emergence through this musical movement of what he calls political gestuality. Political gestuality is a device that sets the revolutionary process in motion and then continues to function within it. His work explores Changa Tuki as sound politics, specifically, a politics of appropriation of space in the city of Caracas. He is also interested in “electro sound diaspora.”

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.”

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Jacob Wilkenfeld

Jacob received a B.A. in English and Latin American Studies from the University of Connecticut at Storrs and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research examines the ways in which modernity and cultural hybridity have been thematized in Portuguese and Brazilian Literature. He is particularly interested in studying Jewish-Brazilian novelists such as Moacyr Scliar and Clarice Lispector, Afro-Brazilian writers such as Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis and João da Cruz e Sousa, and the modernist movements of Brazil and Portugal. He has published articles in Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and in the edited volumes The Limits of Literary Translation: Expanding Frontiers in Iberian Languages and Whitman Noir: Black America and the Good Gray Poet.

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