Academic Appointments

I study Latin American literature and Critical Theory. My writing focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on contemporary Cuba. Some of my other interests include Brazilian literature and crime genres like novela negra, nota roja, and film noir. My current work is a study of property ownership, national identity and ethnicity in the literature of New Mexico.

You can find a list of my publications here.

Connect with me on Google ScholarMendeley, VitaeAcademia.edu, or ResearchGate.

Recent Classes


  • Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • Foundations of Literacy in Spanish
  • Cultural History of Spain and Latin America
  • Race and Gender in Latin America
  • Cuban Cinema


  • The Art of Crime: Representations of Violence in Latin America
  • The Hybrid Debate in Latin American Cultural Studies
  • The Inconstant Border
  • Teaching Spanish to Heritage Learners
  • Contemporary Cuban Women Writers


Ph.D. – University of California, Davis. Spanish and Critical Theory.

M.A.T. – Northern Arizona University. Spanish.

B.A. – Arizona State University. Spanish.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
  • UC-Cuba Academic Initiative (UC-CUBA)