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.
M,W 12pm - 1pm

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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 interests center on themes of language, identity, and collective memory in contemporary Basque literature and the relationship between literature and ideology, especially as related to political autonomy, in Basque culture. T 3pm - 4pm

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.  


Nicolas Campisi is a Ph.D. 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.


(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.

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.  


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.

M 12:50pm - 1:50pm
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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 (1950s, 60s, 70s, contemporary), self-fiction, feminism, literary theory, stylistics, and ethics. 
Mai Hunt is a Ph.D. Student from Boston. She received her B.A. 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 themes of exile, trauma, memory and literary self-conception in twentieth-century Spanish poetry.  T 10:30am - 11:30am

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Ana Garriga is a Ph.D. student from Spain. She received her B.A 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.
Alba Lara Granero is a Ph.D. student from Spain. She holds both a B.A. in Spanish philology (2011) and a M.A.T. (2012) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After three years devoted to secondary education, she was awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship to pursue an M.F.A. 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.

Regina Pieck Pressly is a Ph.D. student from Mexico, D.F. 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.

Tess Renker is a Ph.D. 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.   M 3:30pm - 4:30pm

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.  


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.


Remington Stuck is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Hispanic Studies, originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He received his B.A 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. 
Carmen Urbita Ibarreta is a Ph.D. 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. T 12pm - 1pm

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