- Ph.D. English, New York University, 2012
- M.A. English, New York University, 2009
- B.A. English and Women’s Studies, University of Central Florida, 2004
- Introduction to American Ethnic Studies (AES 150)
- Latin@ Literature and Performance (ENGL 116w)
- Introduction to Literary Theory (ENGL 202w)
- Latin@ Countercultures (ENGL 381)
- States of Anxiety: Race, Sex and National Panic in U.S. Writing (Advanced Theory ENGL 458)
- Ugly: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Desire (College Colloquium IDS 101)
- Humanities Senior Seminar: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (HUM 497w)
Teaching Interests and Philosophy
My courses in the department of English cover U.S. Latin@ cultural history from the colonial encounter to the present, contemporary Latin@ media, Marxist and feminist literary theory, performance studies, and queer cultural studies. I also teach core courses in the American Ethnic Studies program, including an introduction in which we interrogate U.S. racial formation through a set of distinct methodological approaches, and an advanced course in which we apply critical race theories to cultural production such as literature, art, film, and television.
My teaching philosophy is modeled after feminist, group-centered pedagogies I’ve learned as a student and activist. In the spirit of both progressive movements and a liberal arts education, I emphasize interrogation and discussion over mastery and passive instruction. Conversations are directed in part by the agenda for the specific course as well as questions and tangents students find compelling or even urgent, given the day’s intellectual goals. Assignments include frequent informal writing tasks, blogging on public sites such as latinacountercultures.com, and formal research projects that students plan and undertake over the course of the semester.
My research interests include comparative Latina/o studies, U.S. ethnic literatures, queer theory, and narrative theory. In my current book project, Queer Figments of the Latin@ Imaginary, I argue that nonwhite, sexually nonconforming figures in art and literature provide alternative accounts of some of our most important and mainstream moments in ethnic-American culture. Including authors, painters, dramatists, and television characters ranging from Victorian-era writer Constance Fenimore Woolson to Justin in ABC’s television series Ugly Betty, this project uses queer figures as mediums through which to reimagine the role of the ethnic subject in U.S. art and politics.
Queer Figments of the Latin@ Imaginary. Book manuscript under review.
"Proto-Jot@s: Homonarrative Entrapment and the Queer Latina/o Child." Narrative, Race and Ethnicity in the Americas, eds. Jennifer Ho, Jim Donahue, and Shaun Morgan. Forthcoming.
"Lessons in Solitude from Men." Poem of the Week. TheThePoetry.org.
“Things We Both Know (Not Our Real Names).” FENCE Magazine 14.
“Lucha de gigantes,” “The First Night is the Safest,” and “Once a Year.” The Best of PANIC! Ed. Charlie Vázquez. New York, NY: Fireking Press. 2010.
“Judith Ortiz Cofer.” Library of Hispanic American Biographies. New York: Scholastic, 2007.
“June Jordan.” Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. 326-330.
“Gloria Anzaldúa.” Contemporary American Ethnic Poets. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004. 29-32.
“Lorna Dee Cervantes.” Contemporary American Ethnic Poets. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004. 59-62.