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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.

deisiDeisi Cuate

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 examines gender performance in the work of queer and female Dominican and Dominican-American urban music performers.  

 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

In 2011, Lily received her BA in Spanish Literature and Culture from New York University. She spent the following two years teaching middle school intensive reading in Miami-Dade County through the Teach for America program. Now as a PhD candidate, Lily studies contemporary novels and films that represent the late twentieth-century dictatorships in Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. Her dissertation, “(Ir)recuperable Memories: Documenting Authoritarian Rule in Contemporary Latin American Narrative and Film," centers on how cultural productions expand upon institutional memory projects (e.g., truth commissions and sites of memory) by highlighting and, in some instances, rectifying the gaps inherent to traumatic memory of state-sponsored violence. Her research has been supported by The Graduate School’s Graduate Research Grant and the Buffett Institute’s Graduate Research Travel Grant. Lily has also served as the Graduate Student Representative for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and as the Graduate Assistant for Northwestern University Press. In 2017, she was named to Northwestern's Associated Student Government Faculty and Administration Honor Roll.


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. 

johan-gotera.jpgJohan 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


Walther Maradiegue

Walther’s dissertation project is preliminarily titled “Geographies of Indigeneity in the Andes.”  It inspects how late 19th-century and early 20th-century cultural production -from Indigenous and non-Indigenous sources- have shaped perceptions and understandings of the natural, racial and cultural landscapes of the northern Peruvian Andes. His project asks questions about racialization, representation and territorialities, and draws on a mix of archival, literary, visual and historical texts.

Walther received a B.A. from Universidad Nacional Pedro Ruiz Gallo in Lambayeque (Peru) in 2008, and a M.A. in Anthropology -with a focus in Andean Studies- from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2014. He has also worked as Graduate Assistant of the Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group, affiliated to the Buffett Institute. His article on history and textuality in the Andes will appear in the book Latin American Textualities: History, Materiality and Digital Media (2018) published by the University of Arizona Press. 

IMG-20161015-WA0033.jpg 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. 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. 

mpalacio-profile-pic.jpgMaría Camila Palacio 

María Camila received a B.A. in Literature from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and, most recently, an M.A in Digital Humanities from Loyola University Chicago. She has collaborated with several Digital Humanities projects, like the 1968 Democratic National Convention virtual reality experience made by the Chicago History Museum, the Lili Elbe Digital Archive from Loyola University,  and her own project,  "Periodismo en Tiempos de Guerra", which aims to serve both as an archive of the armed conflict coverage in Colombia and a tool to compare and study how mediums have narrated the conflict in Colombia. Currently, María Camila is interested in studying contemporary narratives of the conflict in Colombia and analyze how these narratives conform a vision of the conflict and a series of discourses that impact the way Colombia's recent past is seen and read. She would also like to explore how the use of tools and practices such as mapping, data visualization, and text analysis, could contribute to her research. 


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. In 2018, Editorial Disonante published his first poetry chapbook, titled Para restarse.  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. 

yportales-profile-photo.jpegYasmín S. Portales Machado

Yasmín received a B.A. in Theater Critic from the Cuban University of Arts (2007) and an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Oregon (2018). Her research examines the ways in which science fiction depicts politics, sexualities and families in the Spanish Caribbean Literature. She is particularly interested in studying Cuban cyberpunk, and Cuban female science fiction writers as Anabel Enriquez and Daina Chaviano. She has published essays in the feminist magazine Pikara, the social sciences journalTemasand the edited volumes Women Past and Present: Biographic and Multidisciplinary Studies(Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), La isla y las estrellas. el ensayo y la crítica de ciencia ficción en Cuba(Editorial Cubaliteraria, 2015) and Anatomía de una isla. Jóvenes ensayistas cubanos(Ediciones La Luz, Cuba, 2015). Her fiction work had appeared in Antología de cuentos homoeróticos(Col. Homoerótica, vol. I, España, 2007), Antología de cuentos homoeróticos(Origin EYaoiES & Col. Homoerótica, vol. II, España, 2008), Deuda temporal. Antología de narradoras cubanas de ciencia ficción, (Col. SurEditores, Cuba, 2015), Sombras nada más. 36 escritoras cubanas contra la violencia hacia la mujer(Ediciones UNION, Cuba, 2015), and Órbita Juracán: Cuentos cubanos de ciencia ficción(Voces de Hoy, Miami, 2016).

smcnabb-photo.jpegStephen McNabb

Stephen received a Bachelor’s (2015) and Master’s of Arts (2017) in Spanish from Portland State University. His Master’s thesis examined the representation of cultural identity in Gamaliel Churata’s El Pez de Oro. His current research interests include: Andean Studies, Amazonian Studies, Print and Textual Studies, Decolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Publishing, and Translation Studies. Before coming to Northwestern, Stephen completed a Fulbright Fellowship at La Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Sede Amazonia where he maintains the position of English Style Editor for the joint institutional publication Mundo Amazónico. 


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. 

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).

msalinas-photo.pngMarcus Vinícius Salinas

Marcus Vinícius received his B.A. in History from University of São Paulo (USP). He worked as a History teacher and Pedagogical Coordinator in São Paulo Municipality for ten years. He is interested in exploring the work of Brazilian and Bolivian authors engaged with explaining the apparent paralysis or failure of Latin American nations at the beginning of the 20thcentury.


cvasquez-profile-pic.jpegChristian Vásquez 

Christian holds a B.Ed. in Humanities and Spanish from Universidad Distrital "Francisco José de Caldas" (2010). In 2015, he earned an M.A. in Literature from Universidad de los Andes, where he worked in the Writing Center as lecturer and coordinator of writing courses from 2015 to 2018. He is also a member of Himpar Editores, an independent publishing house settled in Bogotá, Colombia.  His research interests include comtemporary Latin American literature, cultural studies, and transnational cultural industries.


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 Kozonoi Vezzani is a Ph.D. candidate working on her dissertation entitled “Shared Secrets, Public Lies: The Crisis of Marriage in Turn-of-the-Century Brazilian Literature,” where she investigates the epistolary history of female adultery. In a comparative approach, Vezzani examines the circulation of epistolary and adultery novels between France, Portugal, and Brazil, to situate Brazilian literary production in a global dialogue concerning social norms regarding female sexuality. With her dissertation she traces the relationship between asymmetrical gender relations and the circulation of information in 19th-century fiction. Cintia Vezzani has presented her ongoing work at several conferences, including MLA (2018), ACLA (2017), and LASA (2017), and has joined international summer schools, such as the Institute for World Literature (IWL, 2015), the Lisbon Consortium (2016), and the Summer Institute Cologne ([sic!], 2017). She is part of the inaugural group of Northwestern University students to participate in the Dissertation Proposal Development (DPD) Program organized by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in collaboration with other American universities. With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Graduate School at Northwestern University, Vezzani conducted research in Portugal, France, Germany, and Brazil. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) in French, Portuguese, and Brazilian literature (2012), has been an exchange student at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 (2010-2011) and is presently a member of the Northwestern Paris Program in Critical Theory (2018-2019) affiliated with the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.

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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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