KJDhomePagePicHello and welcome to my website! I am a PhD Candidate and a Graduate Part-Time Instructor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I also hold an MA in Peninsular and Latin American Literature from CU Boulder.

I am a scholar of literature and its intersections with popular culture, and my research focuses on 20th and 21st century Peninsular science fiction in a variety of media (novels, short stories, film, television, graphic novels, and comics). I believe that narratives that take place in the most fantastical, futuristic, and/or faraway places often reveal the hopes, anxieties, and fears of the historical circumstances in which they emerged. My research focuses primarily on posthumanism (robots, cyborgs, and the like) and what these figures can tell us about humanity’s relationship to technology and the limits of how we define the “human”. Additionally, I draw upon an intersectional feminist framework to examine how different works of science fiction represent, challenge, or reinforce normative constructions of sex, gender, sexuality, race, and class.

Recently, my teaching and scholarship have converged as I explore the benefits and challenges of incorporating comics and graphic novels into the language and literature courses I teach at CU Boulder. Additionally, from 2016-2018 I served as Lead Graduate Teacher in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese through the Graduate Teacher Program.

In the links above, you can find out more about my research interests and teaching, see my CV, and access resources I have created for teaching and professional development workshops. I also do some literary translating from Spanish and Catalan to English, and I write a blog.

Please contact me if you’d like to get in touch.

All of the photos on the site are my own.