Being a Latin Americanist who lives in the southern United States and maintains strong ties with Canada, my studies and professional activities have consistently sought to create and strengthen bridges between cultures, fields of inquiry, as well as with scholars and writers. My fluency in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese aids me in achieving these goals.
In my scholarship, I have developed an approach to Latin American cultures and societies that is both comparative, as I focus on Argentina, Brazil and Chile, and interdisciplinary in its emphasis on the connections between culture and economics. My participation in seminars held in the US and Mexico with colleagues from across the Americas has expanded my areas of interest and expertise beyond my field of cultural studies, to include crucial topics of diaspora and migration, and the ethics of climate change and the anthropocene.
I am keenly interested in expanding my areas of activity to include community advocacy and the strengthening of intercultural awareness through film.
My experience as a teacher, mentor and faculty colleague has allowed me to develop unique interpersonal skills in the classroom, in the supervision of student research, in crafting and seeing through collective research projects, and in developing research networks. In building these strong rapports, I have developed a keen awareness and understanding of academics' needs, which shapes my current work and allows me to tailor my services to the needs of each client and project. In working with a broad clientele that includes scholars, journals, and publishers, I have gained a sophisticated understanding of the steps involved in the preparation and evaluation of manuscripts for a variety of venues.
Academic Practice Collaborator (current)
Academic editor and writing coach
Higher education collaborator
I work independently as an academic editor and writing coach.
As an active member in the field of Latin American cultural studies, I continue to develop a research agenda and to participate at professional conferences.
PhD in Romance Studies, Duke University, 2008.
Specialization in Latin American Cultural studies.
MA in Spanish, University of Ottawa, 2000.
BA in Spanish (Hon), University of Ottawa, 1999.
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
University of South Carolina (2008-2016).
Affiliate faculty of Film and Media Studies and Comparative Literature Programs
In addition to developing a research agenda and network across the US, Canada and Latin America, I have designed and taught classes in Latin American Cultural studies from all levels of the graduate and undergraduate curriculum in Spanish and Portuguese. My administrative work in departmental and university-wide committees, as well as across the profession has acquainted me with project management and network-building skills.
"Diaspora and migration"
Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational history of the Americas, Tepoztlán, México, July 2015.
"Global Politics in the Age of the Anthropocene"
New Centre for Research and Practice (coord. Carlos M. Amador), January-March 2015.
Flaherty Film Seminar, Colgate University, June 2011.