Graduate Students

Claudia Becerra Mendez is a Ph.D student from Bayamón, Puerto Rico.  She earned her B.A in Hispanic Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.  Her current interests include nation-building narratives, cultural and literary exchanges between Spain and the Caribbean, Latin American poetry, and woman and gender studies.  

Bryan Betancur received a B.A. in Spanish and psychology from Providence College in 2007 and a M.A. in Hispanic Studies from Brown in 2011.  He specializes in early modern Spanish drama and is particularly interested in the sociocultural function of the father-daughter relationship, both on and off stage.

Rafael Castillo Bejarano previously studied at the University of Malaga, Spain. Rafael´s main interest is peninsular literature and culture of the 16th and 17thCentury, with a particular focus on poetry. In addition, he is interested in exploring the influence that literature of the Spanish GoldenAge has on 20th Century Spanish and Latin Americanpoetry.

Teresa Clifton Teresa Clifton received her B.A. in English and Spanish (summa cum laude) and her B.S. in Linguistics from Tulane University in 2012 and completed her M.A. in Hispanic Studies at Brown in 2014. She studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2011 and wrote an undergraduate thesis on genre and narration in The Canterbury Tales and the Libro de buen amor. She maintains her interests in medieval and early modern literature, and especially in the intersection of Spanish and English traditions, as she pursues research on the pastoral mode, the history of the book, and colonial Mexican fiction.  

Carmen Granda is a doctoral candidate who specializes in Golden Age literature. She received a B.A. in French and music from Middlebury College in 2005 and a M.A. in Spanish literature from Middlebury College School in Spain in 2008. While at Brown, she completed a second M.A. in literature. She has taught beginner to advanced Spanish to high school students, Brown undergraduates, and adults. 

Taylor Leigh Taylor Leigh holds dual BA degrees in History and Spanish and an MA degree in Spanish from the University of Georgia, where he wrote a MA thesis on authorial ideology in the Poema de Mio Cid. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies here at Brown. His interests include medieval literature, 19th-century literature, and literary theory.

Andrea Nate A.M. (Hispanic Studies) Brown University, 2012;  M.A., (Spanish Literature), Middlebury College School in Spain, 2007; B.A., (Spanish and Women and Gender Studies) The College of New Jersey, Magna Cum Laude, 2006; My dissertation (in progress) considers medieval and early modern literary female rogues in a Trans-Mediterranean context; reading La Celestina in dialogue with certain sixteenth and seventeenth century “Old Christian,” and Morisco texts, it explores themes of social change and crisis, New World discovery, conquest, conversion, migration, and exile.  I have taught beginner to advanced Spanish to elementary, middle school, and college students, at The College of New Jersey, Brown University, and Wheaton College; in 2014 I received the David & Ruth Kossoff Prize for Leadership in Language Teaching, as well as a J.M. Stuart Fellowship from the John Carter Brown Library. >>More Info

Miguel Rosas Buendia is a Ph.D. student, originally from Lima, Perú. He holds a B.A. in Hispanic Literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and a M.A. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago. His interests include 19th-century literature, avant-garde poetry, urban chronicles, and literary theory. He is currently working on Latin American travel writing from 19th-century, especially focused on the Andean region and Brazil.  

Carolina Tobar  Carolina Tobar is a native of Guatemala City, Guatemala. She received her B.A. inEnglish writing and French (magna cum laude and English honors) from Loyola University New Orleans in 2010 and her M.A. from Brown University in 2013. Her dissertation focuses on texts by Roberto Bolaño, César Aira, and Mario Bellatin, more specifically on their representations of the artist and their dialogues with the avant-gardes and the visual arts.

Carlos Yushimito del Valle (BA, Universidad de San Marcos, 2002; MA, Villanova University, 2010). He is interested in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature, with special emphasis on 20th and 21st Century Andean Region and Southern Cone Poetry and Narrative. His research also include Latin America Modern Cultural History, Japanese Diaspora in South America and Narrative Poetics. He is also a widely published author of short stories, some of them translated into English, French and Portuguese. His last collection, “Lecciones para un niño que llega tarde”, was published in Barcelona, in 2011.