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Hispanic Studies, Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University, Ph.D., 2008
Doctoral Minors: Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, and Comparative Literature

Hispanic Studies, Cornell University, M.A., 2006    

Philosophy and Social Theory, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, B.A., 1998


Aug. 2019 - present, Lector of Spanish, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Aug. 2016 - May 2019, Assistant Professor of Spanish, World Languages and Cultures, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT
Sept. 2012 – Dec. 2015, Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Romance Studies & American Studies, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Aug. 2011 – Aug. 2012, Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Jan. 2011 – May 2011, Hispanic Studies Lecturer, Utrecht University College, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Jul. 2009 – Jun. 2010, Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Department of Language and Culture Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
Aug. 2008 – Jun, 2009, Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Department of Hispanic Studies, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY


Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies (early modern); Border Studies; Visual Culture; Gender Studies; all levels of Spanish; the public humanities 


Refereed Journal Articles

  •  “The Social Spaces of Surveillance in Early Modern Spanish Military Architecture.” Spanish Journal of Cultural Studies (forthcoming summer 2020)

  • “Deploying the Classics: Military Humanism and Social Mobility in Spanish Military Manuals,” The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 46.3 (Winter 2015): 603-623

  • “Early Modern Expressions of Nationhood in French and Dutch Translations of Bartolomé de Las Casas’ Brevísima relación,” Traversea, Vol. 4 (2014): 34-41 (co-authored with undergraduate student N. Faber)

  • “Masculinity, War, and Pursuit of Glory in Sepúlveda’s Gonzalo,” in Hispanic Review, Vol. 80.3, 2012

  • “Contesting the Word: The Crown and the Printing Press in Colonial Spanish America,” in Exploring the Print World of Early-Modern Iberia, special issue of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies, ed. Alexander S. Wilkinson, LXXXIX, 2012

  • “Myth and Prophecy in Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda’s Crusading ‘Exhortación,’” in Bulletin of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, 35.1, 12/2010
  • Invited Articles
    “Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Margaret King, New York: Oxford University Press, 09/2016

    Invited Book Review
    Rev. of Los De fato et libero arbitrio libri tres de Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, Joaquín J. Sánchez Gázquez. Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique 3-4: 2016

    In Progress

    "Women in the City: Gendered Order and Social Space in Colonial Mexico"
    "The Production of Children’s Books to Promote the Study of Languages"


    National and International
    Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, 2007–2008
    American Association of University Women Fellowship (awarded for 2007 – 2008, but the Ford Fellowship disallowed acceptance)
    Program for Cultural Cooperation Grant (Spanish Ministry of Culture and United States Universities), Summer 2007
    Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 2000 – 2001
    MacArthur Scholars Fellowship (awarded 1999, declined in favor of another fellowship)

    Cornell University
    Cornell University Provost's Diversity Fellowship, Spring 2006 (dissertation research, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, Spain)
    Sage Fellowship, Fall 2005 (dissertation research, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, Spain)
    Tinker Research Travel Grant, Latin American Studies Program, Summer 2004 (predissertation research, Archivo General de Indias, Seville)
    Sicca Fellowship, Institute of European Studies, Summer 2004 (predissertation research, Archivo General de Simancas, Simancas)
    Sage Fellowship, 1999 – 2000


    2018 The Social Spaces of Hispanic Women On and Off Screen: Bemberg’s Yo la peor de todas, Marist College. October 1
    2014 “El Barroco de Indias y el Neptuno Alegórico de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz,” Romanisches Seminar, Universität Heidelberg, Germany. June 17
    “Class and the Classics in Spanish Military Literature,” invited lecture, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Minnesota, Duluth. April 20
    2012 “Virtue and Masculine Domination in Sepúlveda’s Justification of War in America,” invited lecture, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. January 27
    2011 “War and the Technologies of the Self in Early Modern Spanish Military Literature,” Scaliger Institute Lecture, Leiden University, The Netherlands. February 03
    2010 “Glory, Empire, and the Modern Subject: Sepúlveda’s Gonzalo,” Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky, Lexington. February 22
    2009 “Enemies Foreign and Domestic: From ‘Barbaric Turks’ to ‘Barbarians Commonly Known as Indians’ in Spanish Conquest Literature.” College of William and Mary. January 23
    2008 “The Law, the Letter, and the Gift in Two Accounts of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico.” Department of Spanish, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. March 31


    Papers Presented
    2019 “The Production of Children’s Books to Promote the Study of Languages.” Modern Language Association, Chicago, January 3-6
    2018 “Social Spaces of Surveillance in Two Early Modern Spanish Military Manuals.” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, January 5-8
    2015 “Visibility and Spectacle in the Lettered City of Juan Rodríguez Freile’s El carnero.” Heidelberg University. XX Congreso de la Asociación Alemana de Hispanistas March 18-22
    2014 “Military Humanism: Roman Exempla in Spanish and Spanish American Military Manuals.” Renaissance Studies Association, New York. March 27-29
    2013 “The Virtue of War in Early Modern Spanish Thought.” Renaissance Studies Association, San Diego, California. April 04-06
    2011 “Technology, Power, and Self in Early Modern Spanish Military Manuals.” Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Lisbon. June 30-July 03
    2008 “Ginés de Sepúlveda’s Justification of War Against the Turks: A Prelude to the Defense of the Spanish Conquest of America.” Sixteenth Century Society Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. October 23-26
    2007 “Performativity and Just War Theory in Bernal Díaz's Historia verdadera de la conquista.” Conference of Ford Fellows, Irvine, California. May 7-10
    2006 “Armas y letras en la época de Carlos V: El caso de Bernal Díaz y Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda.” Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latinoamericana, Memorias culturales: circulación del conocimiento en la educación y la sociedad, Bogotá, Colombia. August 14-18

    Panels organized and/or chaired

    2020 "Word Counting: Numbers and Early Modern Literature," MLA, Seattle. January 9-12.

    2013 “Imperial Identities and the Fictions of Space: The Invention of Europe through Cartography (c. 1492-1900),” Europe and its Worlds: Cultural Mobility in, to and from Europe, Radboud Universiteit. October 16-18


    Graduate Seminars
    Visual Culture in Colonial Mexico
    Colonial Literature, History, and Culture

    Undergraduate Courses in Areas of Specialization
    Don Quixote: Desire, Play, and Madness
    Art & Politics in Spanish and Latin American Picaresque Literature
    Visual Culture and Spatiality in Colonial Mexico
    Writing about Conquest: Spanish and Indigenous Perspectives
    Colonial Latin America: The Politics of Representation
    Introduction to Literary Theory in Hispanic Studies

    Core Curriculum and Generalist Undergraduate Courses
    Spanish History and Culture
    Latin American History and Culture
    Bilingual/Bicultural Hispanic American Writers
    Border Cultures and Shifting Frontiers in Iberian, Latin American, and Latino Literature

    Language & Culture Courses
    Elementary Spanish
    Intermediate Spanish
    Spanish Conversation and Basic Writing
    Advanced Oral Presentation, Writing, and Analysis


    2019 New Faculty Orientation, Yale University, Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, August 21
    2009 New Faculty Orientation, Trinity College Teaching and Learning Center, August 31 – September 01
    2007 Graduate Teaching Development Workshop, Cornell University, Center for Learning and Teaching. Fall
    2005 Graduate Student Assistant, The Leadership Alliance, Cornell University, Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development. Summer
    2004 Peer Collaboration Teaching Program, John S. Knight Institute, Spring 2004/Fall 2005
    2003 Teaching Writing: First-Year Writing Seminar Program for Instructors, John S. Knight Institute. Fall 2003


    Executive committee member of the Modern Language Association’s Forum LLC 16th and 17th-Century Spanish and Iberian Poetry and Prose, January 2018– present

    Reviewer for Renaissance Quarterly, 2014– present

    The Netherlands
    Critical Thinking, Cross-cultural Dialogue, and the Liberal Arts Model: A Workshop on Course Design. ECHO, center for diversity policy in higher education, Utrecht, The Netherlands, December 6, 2010

    Trinity College
    Co-founder of the Faculty Workshop for Social and Cultural Analysis, Trinity College, Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

    Cornell University
    Editorial Board Member, diacritics (published by Johns Hopkins University Press), December 2004 – October 2008
    Webmaster, Department of Romance Studies, December 2004 – August 2006
    Program Committee, Graduate Student Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin American Studies Program, Spring 2004
    Organized graduate student activities in the search for the Modern Hispanic-Caribbean Literature Post-Doctoral Mellon Fellow position, Department of Romance Studies, December 2003 – February 2004


    Curriculum consultant for Language, culture studies, and academic writing. Nyenrode Business Universiteit and the New Business School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. January 2013 and June 2012


    The Young Authors and Illustrators Project, creation, production, and reading of bilingual children’s books through afterschool programs, Willimantic, CT, April 2018
    “Race and Ethnicity in Colonial Mexico.” Fontanuscollege, Barneveld, The Netherlands. April 24, 2013
    “Visual Culture and Race in Colonial Mexico.” Stedelijk Gymnasium Nijmegen. January 23, 2013
    “Law and the Letter: Spanish Conquerors’ Narratives of Compliance.” Bard Prison Initiative Program, Elmira Correctional Facility. October 2007
    U.N. International Observer for returning Guatemalan refugees, Comisión Mexicana de Ayuda a Refugiados. Spring 1997


    Modern Language Association


    English - native speaker
    Spanish - native speaker
    Portuguese - reading knowledge


    United States

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