I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University. My research focuses on gender, sexuality, kinship, and race in Latin America, 19th century literature and culture, and hemispheric approaches to citizenship and belonging. My first book, Argentine Intimacies: Queer Kinship in an Age of Splendor, 1890-1910, is currently under review.
At its core my research explores the mechanisms that shape individual and collective identities. I investigate cultural formations such as the family, the tribe, and the nation in order to ask how people come to claim a particular racial identification, sexuality, or gender as part of a broader community. I am interested in how people define “belonging”. Situated at the intersection of Literary and Cultural Studies, Queer Studies, and Latin American Studies, my research attempts to make sense of how the inclusion and exclusion of particular desires, bodies, histories, and ideologies functions, to what ends, and under what circumstances; how a given culture defines what it means to relate and be related.
In my interdisciplinary research I examine the intersections of art, politics, self-expression, and community. Literature has been a prominent medium for these expressions, but I am also interested in personal, intimate texts like the diary, the memoir and the autobiography, where the writing of self becomes dialogic and relational, as well as visual art like photography, painting and film. By investigating the ways in which an individual identifies affectively as part of a group, I engage in a form of historical critique of how power operates in the development of modern understandings of self and other.
My work has been published in Critical Ethnic Studies Journal, Taller de Letras, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Hispania, Biography, and QED, and has also been featured in Indian Country Today.