Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Literary Studies; Departmental Advisor for Literature
The main topic of my research has been Latin American literature, which I see as neither homogeneous—it is obviously composed of many specific national, regional and even linguistic traditions—nor as isolated from world literature. In particular, I have written on the manner in which unified national identities have been imagined in literary texts out of Amerindian, African diasporic and Iberian elements; on how Latin American writers, artists, and intellectuals have negotiated their relationship with Western culture; and more recently on the work of the Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Prize Winner.
PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Southern California; MA, Comparative Literature, University of Southern California; BA, English, California State University, Los Angeles
Latin American literature; Latina and Latino literatures; Latin American popular cultures; constructions of nationality; Spanish literature.
Detectives North & South
Latin American Women Writers
Ind Senior Project
Gabriel Garcia Marquez