Graduate Students



Abel Castaño Bravo is a PhD student from Córdoba, Spain. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Translation and Interpreting from University of Córdoba as well as a postgraduate in American Studies from Smith College and a postgraduate in Teaching Modern Foreign Languages from University of Chichester, UK. He is interested in how violence is represented in Spanish Contemporary Cinema as well as the intersection between literature and political issues (i.e nationalisms) and how these movements are detrimental to traditionally less wealthy regions. 
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.

6-7pm via Zoom

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.


10-11am or by appt. via Zoom

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 interests include the crisis of representation of the Baroque (both in Spain and Spanish America), early modern notions of truth and falsehood, the economic crisis of Spain in the seventeenth century, alchemy, and material culture. She has also worked on Saint Teresa of Avila and the practice of letter-writing in the early modern period.


2-3pm or by appt.

Giovanna Gobbi Alves Araújo is a Ph.D. student from São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a B.A. and a B.Ed. in Languages and Literatures from the Universidade de São Paulo, where she also got her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Brazilian Literature. She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2018-2019, and a scholar-in-residence at the Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita and José Mindlin between 2019 and 2022. Her current research interests include 19th- and 20th-century Hispanic American literature and iconography, (counter)hegemonic aesthetic paradigms, the representation of nature and the observation of environmental change, and the impact of extractive capitalism and imperialism in Latin America.
Sandra Huaringa Niño is a Ph.D. student of Hispanic Studies from Peru. She holds a BA in Hispanic Literature from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a MSt in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford. Her current academic interests are Women’s Writing of the Golden Age period, the dramatic work of Lope de Vega and the relations between Elizabethan theatre and the Spanish comedia nueva.


12-1pm via Zoom

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.
Jamila Medina Ríos is a Ph.D. student from Holguín, Cuba. She received both her BA in Hispanic Philology and MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Havana. Her graduate thesis, Diseminaciones de Calvert Casey (Letras Cubana, 2011), addresses the work of this American-Cuban in a genetic context, as a mythical rewriting between eros and thanatos. In her master's thesis, she proposes the existence of a Cuban revolutionary sociolect, its hybridization with the chronotope of the French Revolution, and its presentation in the poetry and theater of Nara Mansur. She currently explores the reenactment of the mambí corpus in Cuban art and literature today.
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.


2-3pm or by appt.

Regina Pieck is a graduate student in Hispanic Studies at Brown University. She has an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from Boston College and an L.L.M. from Harvard. She studies law in Mexico and worked their in several institutions. Her academic work on the writing by women of Latin America, with a focus on Mexico and Latinx writers in the U.S., is at the intersection between ecocriticism, new materialisms, and feminism. She is currently working on a project focused on the subterranean as written by women authors of Mexico and the Latinx world.
Irene Rihuete Varea is a PhD student in Hispanic Studies and a masters student in Modern Culture and Media at Brown. She holds a BA in Film and Media Studies from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, with a minor in Political Science. She also completed an MA in Film Studies and Philosophy at King's College London. Her interests include Latin American and Spanish nonfiction film, ecocriticism, affect, participatory art and theories of technology. 
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. 


11am-12pm or by appt. via Zoom

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.


10-11am or by appt.

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.


4-5pm or by appt.

Roberto Rodríguez Reyes