I specialize in Latinx and Caribbean literature and culture, with special attention to the cultural production of the Dominican Republic and its diaspora in the United States. Some of my research papers and reviews have appeared in edited volumes, and mid-high tier academic journals, Ciberletras, Centro Journal, The Black Scholar, Chasqui. Revista de literatura latinoamericana, Small Axe, and Cuadernos de literatura (forthcoming). I was the 2016-2017 National Supermarket Association (NSA) Dominican Studies Fellow. I am working on two book projects: Beyond Borderlands. Popular Music in Contemporary Dominican/Dominican-York Literature and Performance and Tracing the Legacy of Camila Henríquez Ureña through Translation and Beyond. Co-authored with Dr. Anne Roschelle. (Under contract by Biblioteca Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña Press).
My research interests are interdisciplinary with a common focus on the relationship between literature and popular music, gender, and performance studies in three closely related areas: Latinx, Latin American & Caribbean, and Dominican Studies. My first line of research examines the presence of popular music in contemporary Latinx and Caribbean literature and performance with a special focus on Dominican/Dominican-York cultural production. My second line of research explores the marginalization of Latinas in U.S. intellectual history.
2019-2021 Lilly Fellowship
2016-2017: Dominican Studies Institute Fellow
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I am a Dominicanyork, Caribeña, Latina in Academia who is very committed to empowering women of color in academic and artistic spaces. Review on my recent talk on Women of Color in academia was featured in The New Paltz Oracle
I have served as Modern Languages Assembly Delegate (2015-2018) and I was recently elected as secretary/treasurer for the Latino Studies section of the Latin American Studies Association “LASA” (2018-2020).
As part of the Latinx Heritage Month celebration, I was featured inThe Red and Black: https://www.redandblack.com/culture/a-home-on-her-back-celebrating-hispanic-heritage-month-in/article_9a4630d8-bd23-11e8-8884-47b1cea6e128.html
Ph.D. The Graduate Center-City University of New York August 2014 Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages.
M.Phil. The Graduate Center-City University of New York August 2010 Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Literatures and Languages
M.A. Lehman College-City University of New York May 2007 Master’s of Arts
Spanish Literature B.A. Lehman College-City University of New York May 2004 Bachelor of Arts, Majors in Spanish Literature and Psychology