After completing my undergraduate degree in Journalism at UT El Paso in 1993, and working for a few years as a Copywriter, I went on to earn a Ph.D. in Spanish at Emory University (1999-2004). I then joined The Ohio State University in 2004 and have made OSU and Columbus my home. While formally trained in literary studies, my interests, both as regards scholarship and teaching, include other forms of cultural production like music, museums, film, comics, social and political history, all in the context of modern Iberia and, more specifically,Galicia and the “peripheral nations.” My Spanish/Galician Literary and Cultural Studies interest informs my research and I have authored articles on topics ranging from amusement parks and cemeteries to emigration and contemporary representations of memory in Spain and Galicia’s literature and culture. I believe that the teaching and learning experiences are both an individual event and a social encounter, from which we cannot separate culture, language, literature and history. I have taught courses on topics such as Spain’s peripheral regions, memory and history in contemporary Spain, human rights in Spain, and literary and cultural travel through the Iberian Peninsula with emphasis in visual and material cultures. I travel frequently to the Cd. Juárez, México/El Paso, Texas area where my family lives, as well as to Santiago de Compostela where I learned the Galician language, and have conducted research on emigration, cultural and literary representations of identity, and the Galician understanding of national identity and culture.
Fields of Specialization
Contemporary Iberian Literary and Cultural Studies
Music and Culture Studies