Associate Teaching Professor of Hispanic Studies, Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
It is my goal to provide my students with a learning environment that is both challenging, and comfortable. One of my primary commitments as a teacher is to challenge students to think critically and analytically not only about the subject matter, but also about themselves and their relationships to the world. When a student begins to question him/herself, the pretext of a movie or text and to go beyond his/her comfort zone and rethink a worldview or long-held notion, I feel I have been successful as an educator.
My research incorporates different geographic areas in the Spanish-speaking world, namely Central America – with a focus on El Salvador and Nicaragua, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, particularly Chicana literature. While diverse areas, my focus in both cases is shaped by theoretical works from feminist and gender studies, Latin American subaltern studies and postcolonial studies. At present, I am working on a project that examines the relationship between cultural production and politics in the context of post-revolutionary Nicaragua, from the early 1990s through a return to Sandinista governance in 2006.