Department of Spanish and Portuguese

College of Letters & Science

Graduate Students | People

Kallie Abreu-González

Email: abreugonzale@wisc.edu

Giosuè Alagna

Email: alagna@wisc.edu
Biography:
Contemporary Latin American novel and theater - Violence, Memory Studies and Human Rights - Postcolonial Theory - Eco-criticism.

Saylín Álvarez

Email: salvarez2@wisc.edu

Michael Alves Pantaleõ

Email: alvespantale@wisc.edu

Priya Ananth

Email: pananth@wisc.edu
Biography:
I am originally from New York and did my undergraduate work at UConn in Storrs where I got 2 Bachelor's Degrees in History and Spanish. I am a dissertator currently working on my thesis in Medieval Spanish Literature. My research topics include medieval kingship, medieval political theory, aljamiado literature, and literature about Alexander the Great. When I am not working or teaching, I enjoy watching movies, reading, and cooking.

Gabriel Antúnez De Mayolo Kou

Email: antunezdemay@wisc.edu
Biography:
Areas of interest: Contemporary Latin American literature; Public Humanities; and Contemporary written and visual satire.

Abel Arango

Email: aarango@wisc.edu

Daniel Ares López

Email: areslopez@wisc.edu

Angela Bahl

Email: bahl2@wisc.edu
Biography:
Areas of interest: Contemporary Latin American Literature, and Colonial Latin American Literature.

Megan Bailon

Email: bailon@wisc.edu
Biography:
Megan Bailon is a Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Assistant that studies contemporary Latin American literature, theater, and performance. Her research interests center on embodied explorations of labor in migration in contemporary Caribbean theater, performance art and literature, focusing specifically on Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and their diasporas in the United States. She is interested in the way that Caribbean theater and performance address the issue of migration by representing new ways of being together, strategies of resistance, and transformative understandings of sovereignty and citizenship. Along with being a past participant in the UW Public Humanities Exchange, where her project involved running a community theater club at a local middle school, she is part of the Kaleidoscope Graduate Student Conference organizing team and is a co-founder and collaborator in the Teatro D‚cimo Piso departmental theater group.

Carolina Balvín Arévalo

Email: balvinareval@wisc.edu
Biography:
Areas of interest: Contemporary Latin American literature, and fantastic literature.

Caitlin Beduhn

Email: cabeduhn@wisc.edu

Natalie Belisle

Email: belisle@wisc.edu
Biography:
A PhD candidate in the Spanish Department, Natalie Belisle is completing her dissertation on citizenship and politics of strangeness in contemporary Caribbean literature. Her teaching and research include: postcolonial and diaspora studies, critical race theory, Africana phenomenology, new media, and translation studies. She has contributed to a special issue on Translating the Caribbean in Small Axe, with the essay “Literatura Nullius: The Untranslatability of Eduardo Lalo and the Multi-Relation of Puerto Rican Intellectuals." She is completing a forthcoming article, "From One (Trans-)Plantation to the Next: Emancipating the Undead in Pedro Cabiya’s Horror Romances,” for the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies.

Margaryta Bondarenko

Email: mbondarenko@wisc.edu

Brianna Butera

Email: butera@wisc.edu
Biography:
Areas of interest: Historical and Comparative Linguistics, Romance Philology, Romance Languages and Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Language Change and Variation.

Ricardo Calderón-Tejo

Email: calderontejo@wisc.edu
Biography:
Ricardo is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish in with a minor in Portuguese. He joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving a M.A. in Spanish from the University of Marquette. His research interests include contemporary film and 19th and 20th-century peninsular literature.

Marisa Carpenter

Email: mjsmith27@wisc.edu

Andrea (Joyce) Carrillo

Email: jacarrillo@wisc.edu
Biography:
(Joyce) Andrea Carrillo was born to Colombian parents in Madrid, Spain. Her family moved to the United States when she was a child and she was raised and educated in Milwaukee, WI and grew up speaking Spanish and English. She has a BA in Spanish Language and Literature, International Affairs, Political Science and a minor in Philosophy from Marquette University. She also has a Master's Degree in Political Science from Marquette University. Before coming to UW-Madison, she was a Spanish/English interpreter and translator in Milwaukee and she is a nationally Certified Medical Interpreter. Her interests are 20th and 21st century Latin American Literature, the Spanish-language bildungsroman, Latin American Politics, and literary translation.

Denise Castillo

Email: dcastillo3@wisc.edu
Biography:
Denise holds a B.A. in Literature from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Ju rez and an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include Colonial Latin American Literature, Golden Age, and Food Studies.

Marcos Colón

Email: mcolon@wisc.edu

Nora Díaz Chávez

Email: diazchavez@wisc.edu

Deneille Erikson

Email: erikson@wisc.edu

Guillermo Fajardo Sotelo

Email: fajardosotel@wisc.edu
Biography:
Guillermo is a M.A student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving a B.A. in Law from ITAM in Mexico. He is a fiction writer. His research interests include the relations between power and Literature and modern Latin-American Literature.

Francesca Ferrono

Email: ferrono@wisc.edu

Adriana Fonseca Vargas

Email: afonseca@wisc.edu

Cristopher Font-Santiago

Email: fontsantiago@wisc.edu

Emily (Emi) Frerichs

Email: frerichs@wisc.edu

Evelyn Galindo-Doucette

Email: egalindo@wisc.edu

Julio C. García

Email: juliogarcia@wisc.edu

Karen García Escorcia

Email: garciaescorc@wisc.edu
Biography:
Karen earned her BA and MA in Spanish and Literature from the University of Texas - Pan American. Her Master’s thesis entitled “Mimesis, ficción y ética: el dinero en los cuentos de Julio Ramón Ribeyro” explores three functions of Money in Ribeyro’s short stories. Her research focuses on Contemporary Latin American Literature from Mexico and the Southern Cone, especially Peru. Her areas of interest include Economic Theories, Literary Realism, Ethics and Post-colonial Theory.

Isaac García-Guerrero

Email: garciaguerre@wisc.edu
Biography:
Isaac García-Guerrero is a doctoral candidate in Spanish literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His interests include European fin de siècle literature and visual culture in relation to the Mediterranean area.

Benito (Bennett) Gerber

Email: bgerber@wisc.edu
Biography:
I'm a second year MA student interested in Linguistics.

John Giblin

Email: jgiblin@wisc.edu
Biography:
John Giblin is a first-year PhD student in Spanish Literature at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013 with a Masters in Spanish Literature and from the University of Central Florida in 2011 with dual degrees in Spanish and Political Science. He is a graduate from the Burnett Honors College; his Honors in a Major thesis was titled “Destiny, Honor, and the Seven Deadly Sins in La vida de Lázarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades”. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Following his Masters degree he taught English abroad in Córdoba Spain and in Madrid for two years. His areas of interest are the intersectionality between prose works of fiction and theater in the XVI and XVII century, XVII and XVIII century satire, the picaresque, the Spanish mystics and literary theory.

Katie Ginsbach

Email: kginsbach@wisc.edu
Biography:
Katie Ginsbach is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish with a specialization in modern Peninsular literature. Her dissertation, “The Historical Novels of Arturo Pérez-Reverte: The Revertian Revision of the Historical Novel, Spanish Literature and the Canon,” examines how the distant past is remembered and portrayed in literature, and challenges preconceived notions concerning the supposed separation between popular literature in Spain and its literary canon. Katie grew up in western Wisconsin and was a Mathematics major during her undergraduate studies. After studying abroad in León, Spain, she decided to pursue a degree in Spanish and Secondary Education. Shortly after, she devised and implemented a student educator program in León where she returned to do her student teaching. In addition to teaching and research, Katie enjoys traveling; she has organized and led student trips to Spanish-speaking countries and looks forward to doing so again in the future.
Research Interests:
Spanish Literature and Culture
Media, Film and Television Studies
Popular Fiction and Culture
Historical Fiction
National Identities

Brandon Goodale

Email: bgoodale@wisc.edu

Michael (Matthew) Griffin

Email: mmgriffin@wisc.edu
Biography:
Matthew is a doctoral student in Applied Spanish Linguistics at UW-Madison. He is also working on two PhD minors in English Language & Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. His dissertation topic will be a sociophonetic study on the ceceante variety found in Southern Spain. His other research interests include acoustic and articulatory phonetics and L2 phonology acquisition. He received his MA in English, Linguistics and graduate certificates in Hispanic Studies and Community College Instruction at East Carolina University.

Dion (Paul) Grosse

Email: pgrosse@wisc.edu

Ryan Grosvold

Email: grosvold@wisc.edu
Biography:
My research interests include historical lexicography and sociolinguistics.

Robert Joseph (R.J.) Hayes

Email: rjhayes2@wisc.edu

Jared Hendrickson

Email: jwhendrickso@wisc.edu

Ana Vanesa Hidalgo Del Rosario

Email: hidalgodelrosario@wisc.edu
Biography:
Applied Spanish Linguistics Ana completed her B.A. in Translation and Interpreting and earned an M.A. in “Teaching Spanish and its culture” at the University of Las Palmas de GC, Spain. Her master’s thesis focused on “culture and non-verbal communication in the Spanish as a foreign language classroom with Chinese students.” Following her M.A. she spent an academic year as a Fulbright Spanish TA in Upstate New York. She joined the department in Fall 2014 and her interests include bilingualism, SLA and pedagogy with a focus on heritage speakers. Other study interests include language contact and sociolinguistics.

Anna Hundt-Golden

Email: ahgolden@wisc.edu

Kelsey Ihinger

Email: ihinger@wisc.edu
Biography:
Academic Interests: Early modern Anglo-Spanish relations, history of the book, Golden Age theater, Cervantes, representation of multi-lingual communication within literary texts Courses taught at UW-Madison: Span 102, Introductory Spanish (TA); Span 203, Intermediate Spanish (TA); Span 102, Introductory Spanish (Head TA); Spanish 223: Introduction to Hispanic Cultures (TA, discussion).

Juan Iso

Email: iso@wisc.edu

Jihyun (Jenny) Jeong

Email: jjeong29@wisc.edu

Marilyn Jones

Email: mjones4@wisc.edu

Stephen Jones

Email: sjones27@wisc.edu

Nicole King

Email: nmking2@wisc.edu

David Korfhagen

Email: korfhagen@wisc.edu

Katie Kornaus

Email: kkornaus@wisc.edu
Biography:
I completed my Bachelor's degree in Spanish at Augustana College, where I also ran NCAA DIII Cross Country and Track. I am finishing my Masters in Spanish Linguistics in May 2016 at Wisconsin, and plan to obtain a position as a Spanish teacher at a community or junior college and coach collegiate cross country. My academic interests include history of the Spanish language, second language acquisition, Modern Peninsular literature, and Latin American literature.

Carly Kragthorpe

Email: kragthorpe@wisc.edu
Biography:
Areas of interest: Contemporary Latin American Theatre, Drama, and Performance Art; Gender Studies; Queer Studies; Tropic lia, and Camp/Kitsch Studies.

Emily Kuder

Email: kuder@wisc.edu
Biography:
Emily Kuder is studying for her Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She specializes in the fields of Second Language Acquisition, Didactic Prosody, and Heritage Language Phonology.

Erwin Lares

Email: lares@wisc.edu
Biography:
I was born an raised in Venezuela. A job from Disney brought me to the States. At Epcot I met tons of people from all the corners of the Spanish speaking world. That inspired me to teach Spanish at a high school. I feel like I bumped into linguistics by chance, but ever since I took my first linguistics course I was hooked! I like to climb syntactic trees, from the morphological roots to the semantics branches. I also like comparative grammar. In particular, I like to tease out what pieces of grammar are allowed in one language but not in another. It's like a puzzle I want to share with my students and see if we can solve it together.

Marin Laufenberg

Email: melaufenberg@wisc.edu
Biography:
Marin Laufenberg is a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studies contemporary Latin American literature and researches post dictatorship literature that deals with residual trauma and memory of violence through an affective lens. Her work focuses primarily on theatre and performance of Argentina and Chile. In her dissertation, she is working on developing the role of humor and laughter in dealing with and mitigating trauma and violence as portrayed and perceived on the stage in Argentine theatre which treats the military dictatorship, Guerra de las Malvinas (Falklands War), and Economic Crisis of 2001.

Ruth Llana Fernández

Email: llanafernand@wisc.edu
Biography:
Ruth Llana Fernández. PhD student concentrating in Latin American Contemporary Literature. She completed her BA in Hispanic Philology (2013) and her MA in Latin American Studies: Culture and Management (2014) at the University of Granada. She published several books and translated American poetry into Spanish. She writes regular contributions to film and literature magazine Shangrila. Her research interests include Peninsular Contemporary Literature, Luso-Brazilian Contemporary Literature, Religious Studies, Film Studies, Poetry, Aesthetics and Theory of the Arts.

Vicente López Abad

Email: lopezabad@wisc.edu
Biography:
Born in Valencia (Spain) in 1983, I am a bilingual writer and Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) of Spanish literature—with a minor in Creative Writing—at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My academic interests lie in a garden of forking paths: Latin American contemporary culture (with an emphasis on the Southern Cone), comparative literature, translation studies, creative writing, poetry, short story theory and theatre studies. Among other distinctions, I am a Fulbright Alumnus and Kohler Alumnus at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. I am also a graduate of the M.Sc. in Comparative & General Literature at the University of Edinburgh and received a B.A in Journalism from the Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU in Moncada, Spain. I usually write poetry, theatre, short stories and dabble in folk music composition under the pen-name Marcos Neroy. PEN International Magazine, The Poetic Republic, Vulture Magazine and Turia, among others, have been graceful hosts to my poems. Over the years, I have been lucky to attend workshops directed by the dramaturges Paco Zarzoso and Sanchis Sinisterra; poets Jesse Lee Kercheval and Amy Quan Barry; and prose writers Judith Mitchell and Lorrie Moore. You can find more information about me and my work at:
Academia.edu: http://wisc.academia.edu/VicenteMarcosLópezAbad
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vicente-marcos-lópez-abad-97ab1a27/en
Blogger: http://cuadernoamericano.blogspot.com

Nate Maddux

Email: maddux@wisc.edu

Carlos Martín Cabrera

Email: martincabrer@wisc.edu
Biography:
Latin American Literature (Colonial and Contemporary), The Canary Islands in literature and history, Comparative Literature, African Literature, Sociolinguistics, Language Teaching Methodology.

Micah McKay

Email: mdmckay@wisc.edu
Biography:
I am a PhD candidate and my work focuses on contemporary Latin American literature. My dissertation examines the presence of trash in narrative texts and films produced throughout Latin America from the 1950s onward. My other research and teaching interests include Translation Studies, 20th- and 21st-century narrative fiction, literary representations of urban space, and film studies.

Felipe Moraga Martín

Email: fmoraga@wisc.edu

Mariana Oliveira

Email: moliveira2@wisc.edu

Carlos Ortiz

Email: cortiz4@wisc.edu
Biography:
BA, Spanish and Latin American Literature, Hunter College, CUNY. Areas of interest: Contemporary Latin American Literature, Latin American Theater and Performance Studies, Contemporary Cultural Studies, Ecocriticism.

Joseph Patteson

Email: patteson@wisc.edu
Biography:
My interests include 20th and 21st-century Latin American narrative and film; interdisciplinary perspectives on psychotropy; the illicit drug industry and cultural production; "narconovelas"; representations of violence; countercultures and drugs; social abjection; contemporary Central American narrative; rupture and continuity in Southern Cone dictatorship and neoliberalism; social preoccupation in Cervantes; the Spanish picaresque novel; the influence of Lucian in the Spanish Golden Age; the construction of femininity in fascist Spain.

Israel Pechstein

Email: pechstein@wisc.edu
Biography:
Israel Pechstein is a PhD Student in Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2012 he completed a B.A. in Portuguese, Latin American Caribbean & Iberian Studies with a certificate in European Studies from the same institution. He also earned an M.A. in Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. Israel regularly teaches beginning Portuguese (101-102). In addition, he serves as Assistant to the Director of the Brazil Initiative of the International Division as well as an Editorial Assistant for the academic journal Luso-Brazilian Review (2014-). Israel’s research interests include contemporary Brazilian, Portuguese, and Luso-African literature & culture, especially on themes related to gender, sexuality and postcolonial studies. He has presented papers on these topics and has a forthcoming article in the Spanish & Portuguese Review: “Passagem para o próximo sonho de Herbert Daniel e seu lugar na literatura brasileira pós-regime militar.”

Adriana Pérez-Limón

Email: perezlimon@wisc.edu

Benjamin (Ben) Post

Email: bspost@wisc.edu
Biography:
I am an A.B.D. student working on a dissertation about colonial-era Mexican and Spanish plays that represent the history of the Conquest. My research interests include colonial Latin America, theater, religious studies, transatlantic Hispanic and Anglophone literature, and visions of colonialism in Golden Age Spain and twentieth-century Latin America.

Axel Presas

Email: apresas@wisc.edu

Francisco (Paco) Puerto Ureña

Email: puertourena@wisc.edu

María Eulalia Pulla-France

Email: mfrance@wisc.edu

Caitlin Quintenz

Email: quintenz@wisc.edu

Mark Radomski

Email: mradomski@wisc.edu
Biography:
Areas of interest: Spanish Golden Age, Italian Renaissance, urban spaces.

Cassidy Reis

Email: cbreis@wisc.edu
Biography:
PhD Candidate - Golden Age Spanish literature, the picaresque novel, ekphrasis and visual studies.

Jeremy Ríos

Email: rios4@wisc.edu
Biography:
I was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a Puerto Rican background. I received a B.A. in Romance linguistics and in Russian language and culture at Sewanee: The University of the South. After graduating, I spent one year with the Fulbright grant in Andorra teaching English. Currently, I am working towards my M.A. in Spanish linguistics.

Jara Ríos Rodríguez

Email: jmrios@wisc.edu

Emma Robinson

Email: ekrobinson@wisc.edu
Biography:
PhD student in the Spanish literature program with a focus on modern peninsular literature and visual culture. Special interests include modern to contemporary Science Fiction narrative, film, and television in Spain.

Verónica Rodríguez Hernández

Email: vrodriguez4@wisc.edu

Laissa Rodríguez Moreno

Email: rodriguezmor@wisc.edu
Biography:
Laissa's main area of study is contemporary Latin American literature with an emphasis on theater and performance studies. She also has a strong interest in history, political theory, and visual studies. She is currently finishing her dissertation, Metaphors of Fratricide on Stage: Authoritarianism and Internal Violence at the End of the 20th Century in Argentina, Peru, and Colombia, an interdisciplinary work combining the study of Latin American politics with the analysis of visual culture and theater.

Rocío Rubio Moirón

Email: rubiomoiron@wisc.edu
Biography:
Areas of interest: Medieval Literature; Latin; Human Body & Comicality.

Erin Russ

Email: eruss2@wisc.edu
Biography:
Erin is completing the second year of her Master's in Spanish Literature here at Wisconsin. She received her B.A. with honors in Spanish from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There she completed a senior thesis on Garc¡a Lorca's Duende and received an outstanding honors thesis award for her work. She interested in Modern Peninsular Literature and would like to continue studying Lorca and his work.

Andrea Sánchez Vicente

Email: sanchezvicen@wisc.edu
Biography:
Andrea is a second-year Master's student with a concentration in Spanish Linguistics. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Spanish Language and Literature and in Classical Languages and Literatures from the University of Valladolid (Spain). Her main research areas of interest include the history of the Spanish language, historical linguistics, and linguistic variation and change.

José Santiago

Email: jlsantiago@wisc.edu

Andrew Schmiege

Email: aschmiege@wisc.edu
Biography:
Born in Chesaning, Michigan, I received my M.A. from Middlebury College in 2012. Here at Madison I am studying Early Modern peninsular literature with a concentration on Cervantes, and my Ph.D. minor has to do with Arab-European relations.

Alec Schumacher

Email: adschumacher@wisc.edu
Biography:
Specialties: Latin American Literature, Southern Cone, Chilean Poetry, Conceptual Poetry, Avant-Garde Poetics, Semiotics, Poetry Translation, Performance and Political Engagement. Current Projects: Theories of Aesthetic Participation, The Idea of Fiction in Poetry, Poetic Ventriloquism.

Tracy Skluzacek

Email: tskluzacek@wisc.edu

María G. (Marga) Solano-Solano

Email: solanosolano@wisc.edu

Beatrice Steinhilber

Email: steinhillber@wisc.edu

Brenda Stelter Froemming

Email: bstetler@wisc.edu

Margo Stutz

Email: mastutz@wisc.edu

Monica Styles

Email: mstyles@wisc.edu

Sergio Tapia

Email: stapia@wisc.edu

Lucas (Luke) Urbain

Email: urbain@wisc.edu
Biography:
Areas of interest: Contemporary Latin American literature and visual culture.

Jaime Vargas Luna

Email: vargasluna@wisc.edu
Biography:
(BA, Universidad de San Marcos, 2003; MA, UW-Madison, 2012) Ph.D. Candidate. Dissertation: “Performances of indigeneity in Early Bourbon Peru (1720-1750).” Minor in Latin American History. He is interested in colonial and post-colonial Andean and Southern Cone literature, history and culture (special emphasis on Peru, Bolivia and Uruguay). His research includes independent and alternative publishing, popular music, performance and narratives of social identities (especially feminisms, queer narratives and indigeneities). He co-founded the publishing houses Sarita Cartonera and [sic]; and the creative reading project Libros, Un Modelo Para Armar. Currently, he is a literary adviser for Casa de la Literatura Peruana, and works for the radio shows En Nuestro Patio and the Monday editions of A Public Affair in WORT 89.9 fm.

Yuan Wang

Email: wang347@wisc.edu
Biography:
Areas of interest: Portuguese and lusophone african literature, Postcolonial studies, and Travel literature.

Diego Zorita Arroyo

Email: zoritaarroyo@wisc.edu
Biography:
Diego Zorita completed his undergraduate degree in Spanish Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid. His current research interests are in twentieth-and twenty-first-century literature and arts, with a focus on the twentieth-century Latin American novel and maximalist novels. He is also excited about maps as a tool to visualize a multiple and global reality, and has an emerging interest in the philosophy of science.