- Assistant Professor, Department of English and Literary Arts, University of Denver, 2017-present
- Assistant Professor, Department of English, East Carolina University, 2012-2017
- University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D. in English Studies, 2012
- University of Northern Colorado, MA in English, 2005
- University of Northern Colorado, BA in English, Spanish minor, May 2003
FIELD and INTERESTS:
- Latinx Literature, 20th and 21st Century Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S., speculative fiction, globalization, cultural studies, theory
SELECT AWARDS AND HONORS:
- DULCCES Grant (2019)
- Internationalization Grant (2018)
- DU Start-up Grant (2017-2020)
- ECU Start-up Grant (2012-2014)
- Abraham Lincoln Fellowship (2009-2010)
- McNair Scholar (2001-2003)
- LULAC Scholarship (1999)
- Visible Borders, Invisible Economies: Living Death in Latinx Narratives (University of Texas Press, 2022)
- “Atomix Latinx: The Narrative Making and Unmaking of Subjects in Cecile Pineda’s Bardo99 and Devil’s Tango.” In Cecile Pineda: An Undisciplined Subject (ed. John Waldron). (forthcoming)
“Agua, Inc.: Water Wars, Aqua-Terrorism, and Speculative Economy in Latinx and Transborder Cinema.” ASAP/Journal 6.2 (2021): 431-458. (link)
“Documenting the U.S.-Mexico Border: Photography, Movement, and Paradox.” Art Journal 78.2 (2019): 48-67. (link)
“Quotidian Inequality: Free-Market Logic in Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s The Dirty Girls Social Club and Helena María Viramontes’ Their Dogs Came with Them.” Aztlán 43.1 (2018): 121-148. (link)
“Speculating Latina Radicalism: Labour and Motherhood in Lunar Braceros 2125-2148.” Feminist Review 116.1 (2017): 85-100. (link)
“Consuming Aztecs, Producing Workers: Economies of Indigeneity and Ambivalence in the Chicana/o and Latina/o Imagination.” Latino Studies 14.2 (2016): 214-233. (link)
“Neoliberalism.” The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literatures. Eds. Frances R. Aparicio and Suzanne Bost. London: Routledge, 2012. 152-161. (link)
- "The (Radical) Ambivalence of Democracy in Alexandro Segade's The Context," MLA, Washington, D.C., January 6-9, 2022.
“They Must Be Superheroes: Dulce Pinzón’s Photographic Representation of Migrant Labor,” LSA (Latina/o Studies Association), Notre Dame, IN, July 15-18, 2020. (conf cancelled due to covid19 pandemic).
“Governances of the Dead: Daniel José Older’s Salsa Nocturna and a Necropolitics from Below,” MLA, Seattle, WA, January 9-12, 2020.
"Dreaming of Deportation: Imagining Otherwise in Maceo Montoya's The Deportation of Wooper Barraza," The 4th Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), New York City, NY, April 25-27, 2019.
- "Homo oeconomicus, the Capitalocene, and Temporality in Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer," LSA (Latina/o Studies Association), Washington, DC, July 12-15, 2018.
"The 'Brown Peril' as Malthusian Catastrophe: Im/migrant Labor in Cristina Henriquez's The Book of Unknown Americans," LASA (Latin American Studies Association), Barcelona, España, May 23-26, 2018.
"The Cultural Politics of Agua: Latin@/x Narrative and Water Futures," ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association), Los Angeles, CA, March 29th-April 1st, 2018.
“A Politics of Invisibility: the Ethno-Racial and Laboring Immigrant Body,” The 3rd Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference: “Latinx Lives, Matters, and Imaginaries: Theorizing Race in the 21st Century,” John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), New York City, NY, April 13-15, 2017.
“Atomic Latin@: Cecile Pineda’s Bardo99, Apocalypse, and the Mononovel,” MLA, Philadelphia, PA, January 5-8, 2017.
“Aztec Zombies, Social Death, and the Graphic Narrative,” LSA (Latina/o Studies Association): “Deliberating Latina/o Studies: Promiscuity, (In)civility, and (Un)Disciplinarily,” Pasadena, CA, July 7-9, 2016.
“Necropolitical Labor: From Social Death to Social Mobilization in The Ordinary Seaman,” The 2nd Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference: “Latina/o Utopias: Futures, Forms, and the Will of Literature,” John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), New York City, NY, April 23-25, 2015.
“The Act of Sex in Achy Obejas’ ‘Above All, A Family Man’ and ‘Forever’,” Imagining Latina/o Studies: Past, Present, and Future: An International Latina/o Studies Conference, Chicago, IL, June 17-19, 2014.
“Speculating Latina/o Capital: Labor Markets and Labor Regulation in Lunar Braceros 2125-2148,” ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association), New York City, NY, March 20-23, 2014.
“El barrio no se vende?: Privatization and Gentrification in Ernesto Quiñonez’s Bodega Dreams,” The 1st Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference: “Haciendo Caminos: Mapping the Futures of U.S. Latina/o Literatures,” John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), New York City, NY, March 7-9, 2013.
“Premodern Style: How Neoliberalism Rewrites Cultural Nationalism on Latina/o Bodies,” MLA, Seattle, WA, January 5-8, 2012.
“The (Necro)State of Immigration: La Ciudad and a Politics of Labor,” Newberry Seminar in Borderlands and Latino Studies, The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, January 28, 2011.
“The (Bio)State of Immigration: Performances of National Security in Luis Urrea’s The Devil’s Highway,” MELUS Conference, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, April 8-11, 2010.
“The (Neo)colonialism of Labor and Consumption in Foster’s Atomik Aztex,” Nuestra America in the U.S.?: A U.S. Latina/o Studies Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, Feb. 8-9, 2008.
“The State of Power: The Splitting between State Biopower and Biopolitics in Philip K. Dick’s Lie’s Inc.,” Project Biocultures, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, Nov. 16-17, 2007.
“The Mestiza Consciousness: A Study of Chicana Literature and the Appropriation of Mestizaje.” The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at Penn State Summer Research Conference, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, August 2-4, 2002.
- Panelist on special issue "New Worlds of Speculation" roundtable, ASAP/12, October 27-30, 2021.
Panelist on "Lighthouse Writer's Workshop: Book to Film," Denver Film Festival, Denver, CO, November 2, 2019.
Panelist on “Conversations in the Disciplines,” University Writing Program, University of Denver, Denver, CO, April 17, 2018.
“Judith Ortiz Cofer’s ‘Talking to the Dead,’ Political Economy, and the Current Moment,” Envisioning Latinx Studies in the Southeast, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, March 10, 2017.
Panelist on the “Race and Capitalism” forum, Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop, The Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, November 17th, 2016.
“Encouraging a Proactive Student Body in the DE Classroom,” Office of Faculty Excellence, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, November 9th, 2016.
Introduction and Post-Screening Discussion on PBS’s Latino Americans: “Prejudice and Pride,” Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, The North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC, September 15th, 2015.
“Telling History, Telling Fiction: Bridging Latina/o Identities and Latina/o Fiction,” World View Seminar: Latin America and North Carolina, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, March 24th, 2015.
“Documenting the U.S.-Mexico Border: Photography and Immigration” (pechakucha), Downtown Dialogues, Greenville Art Museum, Greenville, NC, December 2, 2014.
SELECT TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
University of Denver
- ENGL 4701: Topics in English: "Anticolonialism"
- ENGL 4701: Topics in English: "US Immigrant Narratives"
- ENGL 4701: Topics in English: "Race, Nation, Class"
- ENGL 4701: Topics in English: "Biopolitics, Necropolitics, and Speculative Fiction"
- ENGL 3826: Latinx Cultural Studies
- ENGL 3825: Cultural Criticism
- ENGL 3733: Topics in English: "Sexuality and Textuality"
- ENGL 2718: Latina/o Literature
- ENGL 2708: Topics in English: "Imagining the Future"
- ENGL 2708: Topics in English: “Crossing Borders in Latin@/x Literature”
- ENGL 1110: Literary Inquiry
East Carolina University:
- ENGL 7365—Special Topics in MTL: “From Subcultures to Popular Cultures”
- ENGL 7080—Cultural Studies: Theory and Methods
- ENGL 7070—Literary Theory
- ENGL 6340—Ethnic American Literature: “U.S. Immigrant Narratives”
- ENGL 6340—Ethnic American Literature: “Magical Realism in the Americas”
- ENGL 6330—Studies in Latino/a Literature
- ENGL 4340—Ethnic American Literature: “U.S. Immigrant Narratives”
- ENGL 3300—Women and Literature
- ENGL 3240—U.S. Latino/a Literature: “Borders and Bodies”
- ENGL 1000—Appreciating Literature: “Utopias and Dystopias”
- ENGL 1000—Appreciating Literature: “Adaptations”
University of Illinois at Chicago:
- ENGL 161—Composition II: “Writing on the Body”
- ENGL 160—Composition I: “Writing in a Visual Culture”
- ENGL 120—Film and Culture: “Nationalisms through Conspiracy, Paranoia, and Fear”
- ENGL 113—Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.: “Immigrant Literatures”
- ENGL 109—American Literature and Culture: “Imagining Alternatives in the 20th- and 21st-Century”
- ENGL 109—American Literature and Culture: “Postmodernism”
- ENGL 101—Understanding Literature: “Utopias and Dystopias”
University of Northern Colorado:
- ENG 123—College Research Paper
- ENG 122—College Composition
- GRE Workshop Instructor and Tutor, Analytical Writing section, McNair Scholars Program
- Writing Tutor, University Writing Center