Bienvenidxs/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 20th and 21st century Iberian literature and culture, specifically 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 places, futuristic societies, and/or faraway galaxies often reveal the hopes, anxieties, and fears of the historical circumstances in which the works emerged. My research focuses primarily on the posthuman (robots, cyborgs, artificial intelligence, and the like) and what these figures can tell us about humanity’s relationship to technology and the shifting parameters we used to define the non/human. Additionally, I draw upon feminist theories of intersectionality and assemblage to examine how different works of science fiction represent, challenge, or reinforce constructions of sex, gender, sexuality, race, ability, and class. For more on my academic work, see scholarship.
Starting in 2017, my teaching and scholarship converged as I began exploring 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. Learn more about my teaching philosophy, see evidence of my teaching effectiveness, and access resources I have created for pedagogical workshops.
In addition to my work as an educator and scholar, I translate literary works from Catalan and Spanish into English. You can see my translation work here.
I also make a podcast with Jessie Maimone about young adult literature. The show is called JK, It’s Magic, and you can listen on the podcast platform of your choice. Jessie and I have created some podcasting workshops which you can access here.
Please contact me if you’d like to get in touch.
All of the photos on the site are my own.