Graduate Students

Ethel Barja Ph. D. Student from Peru. She holds a BA in Hispanic Literature from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (2011) and received her M.A. in Hispanic Studies from University of Illinois at Chicago (2015). She wrote an undergraduate thesis on Blanca Varela’s poetic approach to the body and otherness in her book Ejercicios materiales. She published the book of poetry entitled Gravitaciones (2013). Her areas of interest include comparative and philosophical approaches to literature, literary translation, literary theory, and the construction of Hispano-American modern poetics in both 20th century Latin American fiction and poetry in regard to the appropriation of avant-garde ideas and the Iberian literary tradition.
Claudia Becerra Mendez 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.  


Nicolas Campisi PhD student from Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina. He holds a B.A. in Art History and Hispanic Studies from Washington College. His current interests include 20th and 21th Century Southern Cone narratives, avant-garde poetics, travel literature, trauma and memory studies, and biopolitics. He is also interested in Latin American soccer fiction, and he has co-edited an anthology of soccer short stories soon to be published by Editorial Cuarto Propio in Chile.


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


(Maria) Florencia Chiaramonte Ph.D. student from Mar del Plata, Argentina. She holds a professorship in literature from Mar del Plata National University. Her interests include 20th and 21th Century Latin American narrative and film, as well as the role of fictional means toward understanding the history and politics of the region. In addition, she is interested in exploring the literature of immigration and border studies.

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.  


Berta ​Garcia Faet Ph.D. student from Spain. She holds B.A.’s in Political Science (2011) and Humanities (2013) from Universitat de València, and M.A.’s in Political Philosophy (2012) and Spanish (2015) from Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona and The City College of New York. Her current interests include Hispanic poetry, especially Spanish and Peruvian (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, contemporary), self-fiction, feminism, literary theory, stylistics, and ethics. 
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 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

Teaching HISP0400-S02.

Office hours: Wednesday 2.45-3.45pm, Graduate Cluster, Room 317  


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.  

Teaching HISP0300-S03.

Office hours:
Thursday 12.00-1.00pm, Rockerfeller Library Lobby 

Ian Russell received a B.A. in Art History and Romance Languages from New York University before pursuing a M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies from NYU in Madrid, Spain. His current interests include modern/contemporary visual cultures, the queer body, and strategies of subversion in photography, performance, and conceptual art.

Teaching HISP0100-S04.

Office hours:
Thursday 1.00-2.00pm or by appointment, 
Rockerfeller Library Lobby.

Carolyn Siegel is a doctoral candidate specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth- century Peninsular literature. She received a B.A. in Spanish literature and language with a concentration in the history and theory of architecture from Columbia in 2005 and a M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College’s School in Spain in 2006.  Since then she has taught English as a Second Language in Madrid, Spain at various institutions and Spanish and Portuguese to high school students at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, NY.  Her research interests include the intersections among art, architecture, urban imagery and history and how they interact with literature.

Teaching HISP0100-S01.

Office hours:
Wednesday 10.00-11.00am or by appointment, Rockerfeller Library Lobby

Carolina Tobar  is a native of Guatemala City, Guatemala. She received her B.A. in English 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.

Teaching HISP0400-S01

Office hours:
Wednesday 3.00-4.00pm, Rockerfeller Library Lobby

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.