Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Lalumiere Hall, 474
1310 W. Clybourn St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Lalumiere Hall, 492MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America(414) email@example.comCurriculum Vitae
My research and teaching focuses on contemporary Latin American literary and visual cultures in the the Andean and Amazon regions of Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. I am currently working on a book-length project on the ways that Aymara and Quechua writers like Fausto Reinaga, Gamaliel Churata, and Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui propose alternative epistemologies (ways of knowing) and ontologies (ways of being) to the West. Philosophies like, "I am because I hurt," (Churata) or "I am land that thinks" (Reinaga) provide insight into the colonial past and potentialize an optimistic future for indigenous groups, and beyond.
I am also editing a special issue of the Bolivian Studies Journal on Bolivian poet, dramaturgist, novelist, and eclectic fixture of La Paz, Jaime Saenz, in honor of the centennial of his birth (October 1921).
My first book, Beyond Human: Vital Materialisms in the Andean Avant-Gardes (Bucknell 2019) studied the ways that poets, performance artists, and installation artists animate natural materials like rocks, water, and the soil in their art to challenge the notion that the human is the privileged agent over a passive ecosystem. I draw on indigenous knowledge systems and political theory to make my arguments. I also work and publish on the exploitation of resources and indigenous populations in the Amazon region, as manifested in literature and visual art.
Ph.D. 2010, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley
CORE 1929 Methods of Inquiry: Modernity
SPAN 3001 Advanced Communication in Spanish
SPAN 3500 Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish
SPAN 3520 Hispanic Studies: Latin American and Latinx Literatures
SPAN 4320 Contemporary Issues in the Spanish-speaking World
SPAN 5931/4931 Back to the Future: Indigenous Performance and Literature in Latin America
SPAN 6675 Poetry and Performance in Colonial and Contemporary Latin America
FOLA 4931 Masculinities in Latin American Film and Pop Culture
Modern Language Association
Latin American Studies Association
“La Andetectura de Freddy Mamani: Entre lo espectacular y lo epistémico.” Visiones de los Andes. Edited by Ximena Briceño and Jorge Coronado. La Paz, Bolivia and Pittsburgh, PA: Editorial Plural (2019): 47-77.