Graduate Students

Graduate Students

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.

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.  

Rafael Castillo Bejarano previously studied at the University of Malaga, Spain. He is currently a third year Ph.D student. 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 received her B.A. in English and Spanish (summa cum laude) and her B.S. in Linguistics from Tulane University in 2012. She studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 2011 and wrote her undergraduate honors thesis on genre and the role of the narrator in The Canterbury Tales and the Libro de buen amor. Her interest in medieval literature continues in her first year as a Ph.D. student.

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 Originally from Atlanta, Georgia (via Richmond, Virginia), Taylor Leigh received a BA in History and Spanish from the University of Georgia in 2006. After briefly pursuing graduate studies in medieval Italian literature at the University of Pennsylvania, he returned to UGA where he was awarded an MA in Spanish (Literature) in 2011. During his time as a master's student, he became interested in the medieval literary traditions of Iberia, eventually writing a thesis on authorial ideology in the vernacular epic masterpiece, Poema de Mio Cid, in which he primarily focused on the historical and political contexts in which it was composed. Since he has been at Brown, he has maintained an interest in medieval traditions while simultaneously developing deeper interests in such diverse areas as Early Modern Spain and nineteenth-century Latin America. He has traveled throughout Europe and South America and has lived and studied in Valencia, Spain and Buenos Aires and Mendoza, Argentina.

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.  

Andrea Nate B.A., (Spanish and Women and Gender Studies) The College of New Jersey, Magna Cum Laude, 2006; M.A., (Spanish Literature), Middlebury College School in Spain, 2007; A.M. (Hispanic Studies), Brown University, 2012. In 2004-2005 she studied Spanish Philology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. From 2007-2009 she taught at a Madrid elementary school as a Cultural Ambassador. Andrea’s interests bridge the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  Her dissertation is a comparative study of the medieval and Golden Age alcahueta narrative in a Trans-Mediterranean context. In particular, her project examines La Celestina in dialogue with other fifteenth and sixteenth century “Old Christian,” Judeoconverso, and Aljamiado-Morisco texts. Set against a backdrop of social crisis and change, this thesis explores literary reactions to La Celestina, considering themes of fortune, conquest, conversion, migration, Diaspora, and resistance. Andrea’s research also includes Colonial Latin American appropriations of La Celestina and New World influence on early modern peninsular literature. >>More Info

Carolina Tobar B.A. English writing and French, magna cum laude, English honors, Loyola University New Orleans 2010. Currently in her third year of the Ph.D. program, she is interested in Latin American literature of the 20th and 21st century.

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.