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Joan Aguirre

Repressive Regimes and Resistance as depicted in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Cinema; 20-21st Century Crime Fiction in Cono Sur; Fiction as Reconstruction of History in Latin American Narratives.


Gabriel Alvarado Pávez

BA & MA, Hispanic Linguistics, University of Chile; MA, Lexicography, Association of Spanish Language Academies. Main interests: sociolinguistics, lexicography, glotopolitics, language ideologies, queer studies, foreign language education, translation. He has worked as a lexicographer for the Chilean Academy of Language, and collaborated in several Spanish language dictionaries. He taught Spanish at Cairo's Cervantes Institute. He is currently a recipient of Chile’s CONICYT scholarship.
 


Wilson Anaya

Mis areas de interés siempre han sido la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XIX y la del Boom latinoamericano. Sin embargo, ahora que estoy preparando mi tesis, el Modernismo hispanoamericano y la historia de la emancipacion suramericana, en especial, la influencia que ha tenido Simón Bolívar en la literatura de los autores modernistas de nuestro continente, son temas que acaparan mi interés en en estos momentos.


Gabriel Arce Riocabo

BA, Spanish Literature, Amherst College; Master of Journalism, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid-El Pais. Main interests: Cinema and TV studies, Latin-Americn documentary film, Cuban literature, literature of the Cuban diaspora. Gabriel has taught Film and Spanish at South Brooklyn Community High School. He is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Lehman College


Andrea Babsky

Latin American contemporary literature, semiotics, poetry, and mythology.



Alberto Valdivia Baselli

(Lima, 1977) He is a Peruvian poet, writer, essayist and specialist in Peruvian culture.He studied Hispanic Philology at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Spain and a Masters Degree on History of Philosophy and Contemporary Thought at the same Spanish University. Valdivia Baselli's research has focused on the literary response to various aspects of Peruvian culture. Including political violence, socio-political topics, gender and sexuality in literature and ontology and hermeneutics inside aesthetic paradigm.


Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos

BA, Hispanic Studies, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez; MA, Communications-Journalism, UPR- Rio Piedras. Main interests: contemporary Caribbean literature, Dominican popular music, migration, media and cultural studies. He has published in the main newspapers of Puerto Rico and leads the initiative Proyecto Educativo y Cultural Unidad Insular (PECUI). Wilfredo received the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Award granted by the UPR-Mayagüez (2013)


María del Rocío Carranza Brito

Licenciatura, Hispanic Linguistics and Literature, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico); MA, Hispanic Linguistics, UNAM (Mexico). Main interests: sociolinguistics, Spanish in contact, dialectology, academic writing. She has taught in Mexico (BUAP, UDLAP, UPAEP, ESAD), and has received a CONACYT graduate studies scholarship, and an UNAM thesis research scholarship. She has authored several high school textbooks.


Natalia Castro Picón

Licenciatura, Hispanic Philology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain); MA, Publishing, UCM-Santillana. Main interests: contemporary Peninsular literature, literature and social movements, queer and gender studies, contemporary Hispanic Studies.


José Chávarry

En la época colonial andina, actuación y resistencia indígena/ criolla, así como las transformaciones  sincréticas religiosas. El desarrollo intelectual en las colonias, a través de la literatura y las imprentas, y la forma en que esto fomenta los movimientos de resistencia e independencia. También, los  efectos de la Guerra Fría y el neoliberalismo en la literatura latinoamericana, específicamente en Sudamérica. Dentro de esto, los problemáticos y contradictorios movimientos revolucionarios que surgen en contra de los gobiernos dictatoriales.


Carolina Chaves-O’Flynn

She is interested in linguistic ideologies and discourse analysis.


Elena Chávez Goycochea

Licenciatura, Latin American and Hispanic Literatures, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru). Main interests: gender studies, women writing, Contemporary Latin American and Brazilian poetry and narrative, Amazonian Literatures. She has taught at the PUCP, and is the author of Encuentros del tipo vanguardista: Magda Portal y Jorge Pimentel. Una perspectiva de género (tesis de licenciatura, 2014).
 


Ernesto Cuba

BA, Linguistics, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru); Diploma, Gender Studies, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru). Main interests: sociolinguistics, gender studies, queer studies, language, gender and sexuality studies. Ernesto Cuba is the author of "Si no me nombras, no existo. Guía para el uso del lenguaje inclusivo” (2013).
 


Sara Cordón

Licenciatura, Journalism, Univeridad Carlos III (Spain); MA, Humanities, Universidad Carlos III (Spain); MA, Book Publishing, Universidad de Salamanca (Spain); MFA, Creative Writing in Spanish, New York University. Main interests: XXI century Spanish literature and publishing industry. She has taught Humanities at Pedro Duque High School (Spain) and Creative Writing in Talleres Fuentetaja (Spain) and the Starlight Children’s Foundation (New York).


Walfrido Dorta

20th and 21st Century Latin American Literature; Caribbean Literature; Latin American Cinema; Intellectual History; Critical Theory; Literary Theory; Literary History; Contemporary Political Theory.


Andrea Lorena Fernandez

Siglo de Oro, Colonial Latin America, mysticism, naughty clerics, rogues and pirates, epic poetry, optics, cartography and visual arts.


Lorena García Barroso

Licenciada en Lingüística por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid y en Periodismo y Antropología Social y Cultural por la Universidad de Sevilla. Tiene un máster en Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera por la Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo y el Instituto Cervantes. También tiene el DEA (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) del programa de Doctorado Canon Literario Occidental y Enseñanza de Lenguas Extranjeras del Departamento de Filología Inglesa de la Universidad de Huelva. Actualmente, está haciendo el doctorado en el programa de PhD Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages en el Graduate Center de The City University of New York (CUNY). Sus principales líneas de investigación son: sociolingüística variacionista, antropología lingüística, enseñanza de español como lengua extranjera, ideologías lingüísticas, Columbia School, pragmática, análisis del discurso y adquisición de segundas lenguas.


Pablo García Gámez

My main area of interest is theater, mostly Hispanic Theater in New York City, its history and the relationship between Latin American and Hispanic theaters.  I am interested in drama, from a theoretical as well as from creative points of view.   I also research queer theater in Spanish.


Pablo García Martínez

Contemporary Galician Literature and Film, Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Film, Contemporary Galician and Peninsular History, Transatlantic Studies with special regard to Exile Studies, Intellectual exchanges and Circulation of Ideas, Intellectual History, Philosophy of History.


Víctor García Ramírez

BA, Philosophy, Universidad Central de Venezuela; MA, Philosophy and Humanities, UCV. Main interests: Critical theory, aesthetics, Latin American contemporary literature, 19th century Venezuelan and Colombian essay and novel. He has taught at the UCV, and is the author of the essay collection Todos cantando, todos tomando (2013), which received the Premio del Concurso para Autores Inéditos, Monte Ávila, 2011.


Charlotte Gartenberg

Twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American novel and short story, Latin American Jewish literature, Identity, Nationalism, and Psychoanalysis.


Salvador Gómez Barranco

Licenciatura, Journalism, University of Seville (Spain); MFA, Creative Writing in Spanish, New York University; Master, European Literature and Languages Teaching, University of Huelva (Spain). Main interests: contemporary Peninsular literature and film, autobiographical writing, self-representation, autofiction, non-fiction. Salvador has taught in China (China Three Gorges University). The recipient of a Varsavsky Award and a Talentia Scholarship (Andalusian Government), and is author of Ensayos del dolor propio ("Essays on self-pain") (Díaz Grey, New York, 2012).


Ulises Gonzales

He published his first novel, País de hartos, in 2010. He has worked as a correspondant for La Opinión de A Coruña (Spain). His short stories have been published in the magazines Revista de OccidenteLuvina (Guadalajara University, México), Renacimiento (Sevilla), and The Barcelona Review. He writes the weekly blog Newyópolis for the magazine Frontera D (Spain) and for his own literary blog, The New York Street. He has received awards for his writing and his graphic stories. He has published literary critical essays in the magazine Hueso Húmero (Lima). He is in the process of publishing his collection of short stories Acerca de Alfas and the literary magazine Los bárbaros.


Ana Isabel Gonzalez Tamara

Variation and linguistic change in Spanish; Language ideologies; Acquisition of Spanish as second language; Spanish in contact; Bilingualism


Mariana Graciano

Literature and culture from the Southern Cone, second half of the 20th century, post-dictatorship narratives and representations.


Pablo Guerra

Signifying practices, linguistic ideologies, intellectual history, queer and postcolonial theory. I’m currently researching the construction of Canarian identity in metalinguistic and literature discourses in the Canarian intellectual field.


Luis Guzmán Valerio

He is specializing in Hispanic Linguistics. He works at the Graduate Center as a Research / Management Assistant for CUNY-NYSIEB (New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals), a project of the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) and the Department of Urban Education. He is also employed at Hunter College as a Field Supervisor for New York City Teaching Fellows in Bilingual Education. His research interests include the Sociology of Language and Linguistic Landscapes. Luis holds an M.A. in Translation, a Certificate in Hispanic Studies, and a B.A. in Modern Languages (French and German) from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus."


Luis Henao

Novela latinoamericana contemporánea; Violencia; Novelas de Archivo; Novela colombiana del Siglo XX.


Lorena Hernández Ramírez

Ideologías lingüísticas e historia política del español, con particular atención al español en Estados Unidos desde una perspectiva de la sociología del lenguaje.


Jacqueline Herranz Brooks

Latin American and Caribbean Literature 20th-21th Century. Literature produced in Spanish in the United States. Autofiction and/or fictionalization of memory. Construction of textual authorial identities, representation of eroticism and homoerotic desire.


Rosa Herrera-Rodriguez

Son muchos mis intereses en literatura peninsular e hispanoamericana, pero  tengo un interes particular en investigar la literatura femenina en el sur del Peru  durante la epoca colonial y  en el siglo XIX.


Eduardo Andrés Ho Fernández

Functional linguistics (Columbia School); historical grammar; language contact and language change; the relationship between linguistics and literature. 


Alexis Iparraguirre

He entered the program in 2013. He holds a BA in Hispanic Language and Literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University (NYU). Before coming to CUNY, he taught courses in literature and culture at PUCP and Spanish as a second language at NYU. His main interests include the shaping of autonomy in Latin American Modern Literature and the interrelation of intellectual and literary fields in Peruvian Literature. He also writes fiction, and his book of short stories, El Inventario de las Naves, was awarded the prestigious Peruvian PUCP National Prize.
 


Kristina Jacobs

Spanish and Latin American cinema, trauma, memory, dictatorship, transitional justice, violence, torture and the prison, resistance, rape and revenge, gender.


Huber Jaramillo

BA, Spanish and Latin American Literature, Hunter College, CUNY. Main Interests: Neo-baroque, Latin American Boom, Renaissance and Medieval literature. Huber is an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, CUNY and a college assistant for the department of History at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He was the recipient of The Maria Olivia Memorial Prize and The Academia Literaria Award, Hunter College, CUNY.
 


Rafael Lemus

Twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American literature and culture; critical theory; the politics of aesthetics, and the relations between literary practices and contemporary art.


José Antonio Losada Montero

My research is focused in  the history of Philology as an academic discipline. A history which helps us to reflect on certain literary categories that "a nativitate" have been halted in our process of literary works and texts codification and thereby to understand a bit better concepts as that of "genre", "custom" or the so called "literary thing". Besides this, my interests include the Folklore in Spain, France and Germany during the late XIX century,  the role of the Spanish University during Franco´s dictatorship, politics, philosophy of mind and the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu.


Raúl Macías Cotano

Especialización en literatura medieval y renacimiento en castellano y catalán. Concentración en Picaresca española y europea. Multilingüe: castellano, catalán, francés, inglés, portugués e italiano. "Assistant Principal of Foreign Languages and ESL" en Forest Hills High School, donde también enseño español y latín. Me encanta viajar por todo el mundo y durante quince años fui guía turístico por Europa, sobre todo Escandinavia.


José L. Magro

Se crió en Alcorcón, Madrid, “de familia humilde pero honrada”. También conocido como El Meswy, MC del popular grupo de rap El Club de los Poetas Violentos (CPV), hizo su licenciatura en Psicología Social en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (1995). Se mudó a NYC en 1999 para desarrollar su carrera como artista y, en el 2009, diseña y dirige un programa educativo que utiliza la producción de música Hip-Hop como herramienta para desarrollar el pensamiento crítico, la creatividad y otras áreas educativas para niños y jóvenes del KipsBay Boys & Girls Club del Bronx. En el 2010 empezó su maestría en educación (Español 7-12) en Queens College donde adquirió su licencia de profesor de español para el estado de Nueva York antes de comenzar sus estudios de doctorado en lingüística hispánica en el Graduate Center de CUNY. Jugador de water-polo, padre de dos niños bilingües y artista, está interesado en la sociolingüística, lingüística y Hip-Hop, el bilingüismo, la lingüística aplicada, lengua e identidad, ideología de la lengua, el español como lengua de herencia en los EEUU, y sobre todo, la justicia social y jugar parte activa en ella, “no olvidar de donde vengo y a los que se quedaron por el camino.”


Evangelia-Lydia Manatou

Se licenció en Filología Hispánica por la Universidad Kapodistriaca de Atenas y se especializó en Lingüística Aplicada.  Está interesada en bilingüismo y multilingüismo, enseñanza del español como Lengua Extranjera, español en los Estados Unidos,  ideologías lingüísticas e historia política del español.


Maria S. Marambio Castro

Contemporary Latin American Literature, new Diasporas and how they challenge the concepts of identity, home and return, memory, exile, cartography, poetry.


Roberto Martínez Bachrich

BA, Literature, Universidad Central de Venezuela; MA, Literary Studies, UCV; MA, Creative Writing, Scuola Holden (Italy). Main interests: Colonial studies, Latin American literature, Venezuelan poetry and essay. He has taught at the UCV, and is the author of three short story collections (Desencuentros, 1998; Vulgar, 2000; Las guerras íntimas, 2011) and a biographical essay: Tiempo hendido: Un acercamiento a la vida y obra de Antonia Palacios (2012), which was awarded the X Fundación para la Cultura Urbana Annual Literary Award.


Diana Menasche

Brazilian/Latin American Literatures and Visual Arts, mainly 19th & 20th centuries. 


Kathryn Mendez Johnson

Estudios de la mujer; la historia y cultura de la gente indígena de latinoamérica.


Cristina Morales Segura

Law Degree, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain); Master in Corporate Law; Diploma in Humanities, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Santiago, Chile). She has worked as an attorney in Spain and the United Kingdom. She has published legal articles, and translated and edited the Ditié de Jeanne d’ Arc (2014). Areas of interest: literature of the Baroque and the Colonial period.


Aleksin Ortega

Aleksín se encuentra  en la etapa  investigación y redacción de su tesis doctoral.  Su trabajo se centra en Literatura colonial peruana de los siglos XVI al XVII.  Su tesis será una edición anotada, acompañada de un estudio introductorio crítico de La Historia de los incas, escrita por Pedro Sarmiento  de Gamboa.  Sus otras áreas de interés son la utilización de la tecnología en la pedagogía de la lengua y literatura, y la didáctica del español a estudiantes nativos o de herencia hispana.  Sus recientes publicaciones son dos textos de gramática publicados conjuntamente con dos colegas de The City College of New York. 
 


Nancy Johana Ortega A.

BA, Linguistics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; MA, Spanish, The City College of New York, CUNY. Areas of interest: Spanish in the US, language ideologies, language and identity, language revitalization, contemporary Latin American literature.
 


Rebeca Pineda Burgos

She has a B.A. in Literature and a M.A. in Venezuelan Literature at Universidad Central de Venezuela. She is member of the Instituto de Investigaciones Literarias in Caracas, and she is interested in Venezuelan Literature and Culture, Literature and Ideology, Barrio Culture, and Subaltern Studies. 
 



Michael K. Predmore

Cervantes, Theater, and the Golden Age in Spain and Latin America


Jennifer Prince

Jen´s research pursuits include 20th and 21st century Peninsular literature and gender studies.  She particularly is interested in female novelists and literature across all genres regarding women’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War, including the writings of American women who witnessed, volunteered in, and reported on the war.  Besides her studies in the HLBLL program, Jen has also finished her coursework for the Women’s Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center.


Luis Bernando Quesada Nieto

BA, Sociology, Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico); MA, Language Sciences, Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (Mexico). Main interests: language ideologies, interactional sociolinguistics, conversational analysis, pragmatics, gender studies. Luis Bernardo has taught linguistics at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, and is an adjunct lecturer of Spanish at City College, CUNY.


Lena Retamoso

My areas of interest are 20th Century Latin American and Spanish poetry. I am also interested in the connection between literature and other arts, including visual arts, film and music.



Michael Rolland

He is a Level I student in the Hispanic Linguistics sub-specialty. Broadly, he plans to research Spanish in contact with other languages (English, Italian, Catalan, Galician) in the United States and Europe. He is especially interested in the role of language and multilingualism in the areas of culture, identity, and politics. Before coming to the Graduate Center, Michael completed an M.A. in Mediterranean Studies at Middlebury College (2011) and a B.A. in Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2008). He spent a year each at the Universities of Bologna and Florence (Italy), as part of his B.A. and M.A. (respectively), and lived and taught English for two years in Valladolid (Spain).



Mariana Romo-Carmona

BA, Literature, University of Connecticut; MA, Spanish and Latin American Literature, City College of New York, CUNY.  Mariana was faculty at MFA in Writing at Goddard College (12 years); and classics, anglophone and Latin American literature adjunct at Queens College, CUNY (11 years).  She is the author of Living at Night, and other books. Main interests: Southern Cone, the 1930s, queer theory, translation.
 


Lily M. Ryan

BA, Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures, NYU. Main Interests: Latin American studies, Spanish and Latin American cinema, Documentary film studies.


Magdalena Sagardía

Construction and representations of the national subject and the national self and works dealing with the rhetoric of travel contacts and its consequences. Specifically travel contacts of North Americans in the geographical and discursive context of the Caribbean from the late 1940’s to early 1980’s: anthropologists, filmmakers and photographers of the Farm Security Administration and Fortune Magazine and National Geographic Magazine. In this context, also focal interest in Atlantic connections and, Films, Documentaries and National Cinemas from the US, Latin America and the Caribbean. 


Mélida Sánchez

My areas of interest are 19th Latin American literature, especially the literature written by women; and editing Hispanic texts.


Ana Sánchez Acevedo

Licenciatura, Hispanic Philology, Universidad de Sevilla (Spain); MA, Performing Arts, Universidad de Sevilla; MS, Library, Archive and Information Sciences, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain); PhD, History, Literature and Power, Universidad de Sevilla. Main interests: theatrical theory; Latin American and European contemporary theatre and performing arts practices; relational aesthetics; the economics of theatre; food studies.


Carmen Sanchis-Sinisterra

Mi área de investigación es la representación de la masculinidad en la literatura y el cine de creadoras mujeres en la España contemporánea desde los Estudios de las Mujeres, la Teoría, y la Ciencia Política. Mi gran pasión son las artes visuales. Me encanta enseñar español e introducir estos contenidos en el aula.


Laura V. Sández

Su proyecto de investigación doctoral se centra en el análisis historiográfico y la performance de las emociones en obras de la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX.


Rebecca Salois

Contemporary Latin American Theatre, especially Cuban Theatre of the 20th Century. The political impact and influence of theatre in Latin America.



Isabel Domínguez Seoane

She has a BA in French Languages and Literatures and in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from University of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia). She also has an MA in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the same institution. Main interests: Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Film, Literature in Exile, “Yugoslavian” Literature and Spanish Novel from the XX and XXI centuries.



Juan Nicolás Tineo

Poesía contemporanea. Literatura Hispana y Dominicana en USA.


Lorena Uribe Bracho

Spanish Golden Age poetry; medieval and early modern poetry (in both English and Spanish) and its relationship to music of the same period, the sonnet tradition and the history of melancholy and lovesickness.


Inés Vañó García

She graduated in English Studies from the University of Alicante (Spain). She received a Fulbright Spanish Teaching Assistantship at Agnes Scott College (GA) deciding to continue her studies in the States with a M.A. in Linguistics from Boston College. Her Spanish language teaching experience includes Spain (Council for International Educational Exchange) and the States (University at Buffalo (SUNY), Boston University, Boston College). As a graduate Ph.D. student specialized in sociolinguistics, her interests are language ideologies, Spanish in contact and the political history of the Spanish language.
 


Diego Vargas

Was born in Colombia and came to the U.S. when he was sixteen years old. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL Certification from Montclair State University in New Jersey. He is a doctoral candidate in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature and Languages (linguistics track). Diego is currently working as a research assistant with the CUNY-NYSIEB project which focuses on improving the education of emergent bilingual students in New York State. His research interests include sociolinguistics, bilingualism and second language acquisition.


Christina Vázquez Mauricio

1940s-1960s Spain, in particular: historical memory, memory theater, social theater, censored works, student and unionized theater groups; Galician-New York City metro area cultural exchanges in poetry/prose, presence of Galician writers in the New York City metro area, and the presence of writers from this area in Galicia.


Héctor Velarde

Los estudios doctorales de Héctor Velarde están enfocados en dos períodos literarios: la literatura colonial y la literatura hispanoamericana del Siglo XX. De la Colonia, especialmente la obra del Inca Garcilaso de la Vega y otros cronistas de la conquista, y como estas obras  fundacionales  han tenido una gran influencia en la sensibilidad e ideología de autores como Alejo Carpentier, Gabriel García Márquez y Mario Vargas Llosa, sólo por nombrar algunos de los más renombrados.


Erja Vettenranta

20th & 21st Century Latin American and Peninsular Literature; Technology and Literature; Transatlantic Studies; Contemporary Cultural Studies; Post or Transnational Literature; Media, Cinema and Popular Culture. 
Dissertation topic: Technoculture and 21st Century Hispanic Literature


Almudena Vidorreta Torres

Has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hispanic Philology (Zaragoza, Spain, 2004-2009) and Master in Hispanic Studies: Language and Literature (Zaragoza, Spain, 2009-2010). Main interests: Spanish Early Modern Poetry, Spanish Contemporary Literature, Aragonese Poetry, Transatlantic Studies and Gender Studies.