Graduate Students



Ethel Barja is a Ph.D. student from Perú. She holds a BA in Hispanic Literature from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Perú (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 a book of poetry titled 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.

Ali Browder is a Ph.D. student from Florida. She received her B.A. in Spanish and Russian from Johns Hopkins University in 2015 and studied at la Universidad de la Rioja in 2014. Her research deals primarily with humor in medieval and early modern literature.

(Maria) Florencia Chiaramonte is a 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.


Mateo Díaz Choza is a Ph.D. student from Lima, Peru. He holds a B.A. in Peruvian and Latin American Literature from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. His current interests include 20th and 21th Century Latin American Narrative, as well as the relationship between religious discourse, utopia, fundamentalism and fiction.


Ben Easton is PhD student from Akron, Ohio. He received his BA in Spanish and English Literature from the University of Notre Dame in 2018 and an MA in Iberian and Latin American Literatures in 2019. His research deals primarily with the institutional construction of imperial subjects as represented in Early Modern Iberian Literature, with a special interest in the picaresque novel.

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Berta ​Garcia Faet Ph.D. student from Spain. She holds BAs in Political Science (2011) and Humanities (2013) from Universitat de València, and MAs 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 (1950s, 60s, 70s, contemporary), self-fiction, feminism, literary theory, stylistics, and ethics. 
Ana Garriga is a PhD student from Spain. She received her BA in Spanish Philology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and completed her Masters in Hispanic Literature at the same university. After her masters, she spent six months at UC Berkeley as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Her current work is focused on Saint Teresa of Avila, early modern women writing, material culture in the early modern period and the practice of letter-writing.


Mai Hunt is a PhD Student from Boston. She received her BA in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. After graduating, she spent two years in Madrid working with the Fulbright Program as an English teaching assistant. Her interests center on family narratives of trauma, memory and inheritance in contemporary Colombian literature and film. 

Jordan Jones is a master's student from Texas. He received a BA in English and Portuguese from Brigham Young University in 2014. He also completed an MA in Luso-Brazilian Literatures at  BYU (2015) and an MEd in secondary English education at Johns Hopkins University (2017). Jordan is a PhD student in the Portuguese & Brazilian Studies department. His research interests include contemporary literature and human rights, translation and comparative studies, and reader-response theory. 

Alba Lara Granero is a PhD student from Spain. She holds both a BA in Spanish philology (2011) and an MAT (2012) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After three years devoted to secondary education, she was awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship to pursue an MFA in Spanish Creative Writing (2016) at the University of Iowa. Her current  research interests include women's writing, feminism, critical theory, medieval and early modern female authors, and literary theory.

Mauricio Lepe is a PhD student from Toluca, Mexico. He was awarded a BA in Romance Philology by the University of Salamanca, Spain, where he also participated in the project Alfonso de Cartagena, Obras Completas as a member of the research team. Among his
interests are textual scholarship, intellectual history and popular literature.

Regina Pieck  is a PhD student from Mexico City. She has studied at el Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Harvard University, and Boston College. Her interests include 20th-century and contemporary Latin American literature, the literature and cinema of the Mexican Revolution, borderlands, and literary theory.

David Parsard is a PhD student from New York City. He received both his BA and MA in Spanish language and literature from CUNY Hunter College. His master’s thesis discussed expressions of identity and neoplatonic notions of love in Feliciano de Silva’s romance of
chivalry Amadís de Grecia. His current interests include 16 th century Spanish chivalric romances, early modern conceptions of identity, self-fashioning, and visions of the Conquest of the Americas.
Tess Renker is a PhD student in the department of Hispanic Studies, originally from New Hampshire. Tess completed a BA in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies at the University of New Hampshire in 2014, and went on to complete an MA in Spanish at the same institution. After completing her MA, Tess spent a year in Quito, Ecuador on a Princeton in Latin America Fellowship. Her current research centers on themes of memory, trauma, performance, and the construction of racial and cultural identities in contemporary Peruvian film, literature, and cultural production.  
Remington Stuck is a PhD student in the Department of Hispanic Studies, originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He received his BA in Iberian Studies (summa cum laude) from New York University before entering the doctoral program in 2016. His undergraduate thesis examined the discursive mechanisms of memory narratives in visual and print culture in post-francoist Spain, namely in photography, film, and print periodicals. His current work is centered upon Spanish culture during and after the Franco Regime, and draws from across the disciplines of visual studies, memory studies, and trauma and violence studies. He is particularly interested in the visuality of violence and authoritarianism in Spain and the Hispanic World, as well as contemporary Spanish art and Catalan Studies. 
María Victoria Taborelli is a PhD student from Buenos Aires,
Argentina. She holds a BA in Letras and a BA in Literary
Teaching from Universidad de Buenos Aires. Her current
interests include intertextualities present in Post-dictatorship
Latin American narratives and performing arts, women's writing,
memory of collective traumas, literary theory and literary education. 
Carmen Urbita Ibarreta is a PhD student from Spain. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from King's College London and completed her MSt in Modern Languages (Spanish & French) at Oxford University. Among her research interests are early modern peninsular and colonial culture, early modern women's writing, reading and writing practices and the body.


Luz Velasco Oropeza is a PhD student from Mexico City. She holds a B.A. from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Latin American Literature. She is interested in 20th and 21st century Latin American poetry; particularly in exile poetry written by Latin American female writers living in the United States. She is also interested in performance art, intermediality, literary theory, the concept of body, and the questioning of artistic and political borders.