Hola! I am a Professor of Spanish and Head of the new Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages. Our students and faculty travel in and out of the classroom across regions and cultures to tackle global issues from a transnational and multidisciplinary perspective. Of course, we also look at the effects of globalization on our local communities here in the US.
In my research I study the role of classic cultural icons, particularly Don Quixote, in 21st century political and social justice discourse. In my scholarship and pedagogy, I explore the interplay between the traditional humanities, youth organizations, and digital storytelling.
I have published two books on early modern prose: La verosimilitud en el Siglo de Oro: Cervantes y la novela corta (Juan de la Cuesta, 2002) and Monstruos que hablan: El discurso de la monstruosidad en Cervantes (U of North Carolina P – Chapel Hill, 2008). My latest book project, tentatively entitled Living Quixote: Don Quixote, Politics, and Social Justice in 21st-century Spain and the Americas, examines appropriations of Don Quixote in public discourse in contemporary Spain and the Americas, particularly in Brazil.
I enjoy travel, all cultural expressions, good food, the empowering awkwardness of speaking languages other than your own, and tennis.