Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of Peer Mentor Program
Department: Modern Languages
Education: Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 2012; Master of Arts in English Literature, San Francisco State University, 2004; Bachelor of Arts in History-Sociology, 1999.
Research Interests: My scholarship focuses on the literature and culture of the Spanish Caribbean and Brazil, especially on the intersections between literature and politics. My current book project, Regarding American Customs: Making Sense out of Costumbrismo in Latin American Literature and Art, analyzes how nineteenth-century literary and visual forms marshaled the techniques of the custom sketch to create a spectral national history, or myth, as an alternative to colonial history. As part of this analysis, the book project engages questions of literary form as well as politics in Cuba and Brazil.
Courses (Fall 2014): Beginning Elementary Spanish, Conversation and Composition, Peer Mentor Practicum.
Courses (Spring 2015): Intermediate Spanish II, Spanish American Civilization, Literature and Culture of the Caribbean.
Phone: (740) 376-4378
What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?
Students can expect to learn a lot about Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. (history, culture, literature, music). They can also expect to participate actively. While I like to have fun and enjoy class, I’m always trying to get students to think critically. I also challenge students to be better scholars and workers. Last but not least, I expect for students to challenge themselves and each other in order to learn and grow together.
What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?
Teaching small classes and forming academic and mentoring bonds with students excite me about being a professor at Marietta College.
When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?
You can probably find me playing video games or playing with my dogs.
Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?
I like both! As a student of literature, I like a physical book when I’m working. But for fun, I much prefer an e-book…so I can have as many stories as I want ready for me to devour them.
What is your favorite location on campus and why?
My favorite location on campus is The Christy Mall. To me, its beauty and hustle and bustle is the epitome of the Marietta College experience.
What is your favorite Marietta College event?
My favorite college event is…the one I organize: Cine Latino. It’s a film series featuring films from Latin America as well as U.S. films that explore the Latino experience. A close second is the Global Palate series because it’s a way to explore different cultures by learning from speaker and getting to know different foods from all over the world.