I am an Assistant Professor of Spanish with a focus on Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean at Michigan State University’s Department of Romance and Classical Studies. My current book project focuses on literary and cultural representations of lesbian desire in contemporary Mexico and how narratives can serve to challenge normative concepts of issues such as gender identity, race, and class. I have broad research interests that include queer/cuir theory, feminism and gender violence in Latin America, Mexican chronicle (or crónica), and gender and sexuality in Latin American film.
I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Michigan State University, including “Latin America and Its Literature”, “Women’s Latin America”, and “Queer Latin American Literature (20th and 21st centuries)”. During my time at UNC I had the opportunity to spend two summers leading the culture component of the Spanish Summer Immersion Course. Additionally, I collaborated with the Languages Across the Curriculum Program by leading a Spanish-language recitation section for a Global Studies course.
A Mexico City native, I grew up splitting my time between CDMX and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. I moved to Texas at age 14 and stayed there for two years attending high school, then returned to Mexico and went back to obtain my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. I earned my Master of Arts in Spanish from the same institution and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to complete my Ph.D. in the same field. I am very passionate about Mexican culture and enjoy sharing this passion with my students via literature, film, music, and podcasts. I am also a self-proclaimed taco connoisseur and love all things related to Mexican food and travel and occasionally write in a food blog .