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Kallie Abreu-González

Giosuè Alagna

Contemporary Latin American novel and theater - Violence, Memory Studies and Human Rights - Postcolonial Theory - Eco-criticism.

Priya Ananth

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.

Abel Arango

Megan Bailon

Megan Bailon is a PhD 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

Carolina is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a B.A. in Social Communication and Journalism from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Medellín, Colombia), and an M.A. in Spanish from West Virginia University.

Areas of Interest:
Vampire literature, fantastic literature, Latin American literature.

Caitlin Beduhn

Margaryta Bondarenko

Matthew (Mateo) J. Burner

Mateo earned his BA in Spanish with Honors in the Major distinction from the University of Central Florida in 2014, and he earned his MA in Spanish in 2015 from the same university. Mateo is now set to begin his PhD program in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Area of Interest:
Mateo is working with the syntax of Asturian and the mass neuter phenomenon, which was the topic of his thesis.
Additional research interests include verb morphology, phonetics, and languages in contact, especially when utilized in comparative studies with some of the languages that Mateo has previously studied at different levels of comprehension (Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Asturian).

Brianna Butera

Areas of interest:
Historical and Comparative Linguistics, Romance Philology, Romance Languages and Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Language Change and Variation.

Ricardo Calderón-Tejo

Ricardo is a PhD candidate in Spanish with a minor in Portuguese. He joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving a MA in Spanish from the University of Marquette. His research interests include contemporary film and 19th and 20th-century peninsular literature.

Denise Oyuki Castillo

Denise Castillo is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a B.A. from la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, and a M.A. from the University of New Mexico in Hispanic Literature. Her research focuses on the cultural exchange between Europe and America. She is particularly interested in Women's Writing, Gastronomical practices, Fashion & Material Cultural Studies in XVI & XVII centuries in Spain and the American Viceroyalties.

Areas of Interest:
Colonial Spanish American Literature, Spanish Golden Age, Transatlantic & Visual studies

Marcos Colón

Jamie de Moya-Cotter

Nora Díaz Chávez

Deneille Erikson

Nicole Fadellin

Carolina Alvim Ferreira

PhD student in Portuguese and Teaching Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Completed a B.A. in Portuguese as a Second Language from the University of Brasilia (2011) and a M.A. in Linguistics (2013), with emphasis on Language and Society, at the same University. Her Master’s dissertation, "Social and discursive changes: recontextualization processes of Clarice's literature in cyberspace", aimed to investigate processes of recontextualization of excerpts from Clarice Lispector's novels Near to the wild heart (1943) and A breath of life (1978) in cyberspace using CDA's theoretical-methodological approach.
Carolina worked as teacher of Portuguese and Brazilian culture in Mexico City (Mexico) and in Bogota (Colombia) during the period of 2014-2016 and also has experience in production of teaching materials, pedagogical coordination and evaluation of Celpe-Bras exam.

Areas of Interest: Brazilian Literature and Culture, Portuguese as an Additional Language, Critical Discourse Analysis, Literacy, Cyberspace.

Adriana Fonseca Vargas

Emily (Emi) Frerichs

Evelyn Galindo-Doucette

Roberto García Delgado

Roberto started his academic journey studying Social Work in the Universidad de Huelva and in the Universitat de Barcelona. After working on several city projects with the UHU and the Govern de Catalunya, his passion in social justice and literature led him to continue his studies at UW-Milwaukee, where he earned an MA in Spanish Linguistics and Literature. During this period, he studied closely how the landing of the American market and ideology affected the socioeconomic and political ethos of México in José Emilio Pacheco’s Las batallas en el desierto.

His areas of interest include corruption, politics and economics in the Modern Peninsular Literature and Cultural Studies.

Karen García Escorcia

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

Isaac García Guerrero is a Ph.D. Candidate in Spanish literature with a specialization in Spanish cultural studies and intellectual history of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His dissertation, Degenerate Meridionals: Spanish Anti-Andalusian Orientalist Discourses in the Period between Colonial Wars in Africa (1859-1927), studies the strategic creation of Andalusia as a cultural device to negotiate the insertion of Spain into modern Europe. His work has appeared in, among other publications, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and Hispanic Review (forthcoming). Beyond this project, his interests include Hispanic debates on culture and racial identity along with European fin-de-siècle literature and visual culture about the Mediterranean area.

John Giblin

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

Katie Ginsbach is a PhD 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

Matthew Griffin

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 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.  Personal website:

Dion (Paul) Grosse

Ryan Grosvold

My research interests include historical lexicography and sociolinguistics.

Jared Hendrickson

Jorge Hernández Lasa

My name is Jorge Hernández Lasa. I was born in Zaragoza, Spain, although I was grown up in Burgos, the city of the great Cid Campeador. I graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature with honors from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). In the same year, I was awarded the Santander Bank Scholarship Ortelius Program, which was a foreign-exchange educational program for master’s degree studies agreed between Autonomous University of Barcelona and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Additionally, I have worked with the Spanish language organization, la Real Academia Española de la Lengua (RAE). In 2013, I was selected to be part of a study group responsible for the database compilation of the “Corpus del Siglo XXI” project, organized by the RAE.

I focus in peninsular and colonial Golden Age literature, specially in moral poetry of the S. XVII.

Jorge Hernández Lasa

My name is Jorge Hernández Lasa. I was born in Zaragoza, Spain, although I grew up in Burgos, the city of the great Cid Campeador. I graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature with honors from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). In the same year, I was awarded the Santander Bank Scholarship Ortelius Program, which was a foreign-exchange educational program for master’s degree studies agreed between Autonomous University of Barcelona and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Additionally, I have worked with the Spanish language organization, la Real Academia Española de la Lengua (RAE). In 2013, I was selected to be part of a study group responsible for the database compilation of the “Corpus del Siglo XXI” project, organized by the RAE.
Area of Interest:
Focus in peninsular and colonial Golden Age literature, specially in moral poetry of the S. XVII.

Ana Vanesa Hidalgo Del Rosario

Ana completed her BA 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 MA 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

Kelsey Ihinger

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).

Jihyun (Jenny) Jeong

Marilyn Jones

Stephen Jones

Carly Kragthorpe

Areas of interest: Contemporary Latin American Theatre, Drama, and Performance Art; Gender Studies; Queer Studies; Tropic lia, and Camp/Kitsch Studies.

Erwin Lares

I was born and 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.

Ruth Llana Fernández

PhD candidate concentrating in Latin American Contemporary Literature with a minor in the Transdisciplinary Study of Visual Cultures. She currently is a Project Assistant for the Creative Writing Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. BA in Hispanic Philology (University of Oviedo and University of Granada); MA in Latin American Studies: Culture and Management (University of Granada). Her dissertation focuses on the intersections between visual studies, queer theory, posthuman studies and affect theory within the XXth century Latin American artistic and literary context. Published and awarded author and translator, she regularly writes essays for the film and literature magazine Shangrila.

Areas of Interest: Latin American Contemporary Literature, Spanish Contemporary Literature, Luso-Brazilian Contemporary Literature, Visual Studies, Photography, Film, Poetics, Posthumanism, Queer Theory, Gender Studies.


Vicente López Abad

Born in Valencia (Spain) in 1983, I am a bilingual writer and PhD 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:ópezAbad

Lenin Lozano Guzman

Areas of Interest:
Contemporary Latin American novel, Latin American Politics

Sabina Madrid Malloy

Anne Manero Álvarez

Carlos Martín Cabrera

Latin American Literature (Colonial and Contemporary), The Canary Islands in literature and history, Comparative Literature, African Literature, Sociolinguistics, Language Teaching Methodology.

María Isabel Martín Sánchez

Micah McKay

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

Elizabeth Ann Neary

Elizabeth is a PhD candidate in Spanish Literature. She holds an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College (2015) and a BA from Muhlenberg College (2014). Her primary interests include Medieval and Early Modern Peninsular Literature.

Mariana Oliveira

Carlos Ortiz

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.

Israel Pechstein

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.”

Raina Petersen

Francisco (Paco) Puerto Ureña

María Eulalia Pulla-France

Caitlin Quintenz

Mark Radomski

Areas of interest: Spanish Golden Age, Italian Renaissance, urban spaces.

Cassidy Reis

PhD Candidate - Golden Age Spanish literature, the picaresque novel, ekphrasis and visual studies.

Jara Ríos Rodríguez

Emma Robinson

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.

Carlos Andrés Rojas

Carlos Andrés is a Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant, studying Spanish Applied Linguistics with a double minor in Curriculum and Instruction, and Second Language Acquisition. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages and Education at Universidad del Quindio in 2008. Carlos Andrés moved to Wisconsin from Colombia to teach Spanish in Milwaukee, and finished his M.A. in Spanish Literature from Marquette University in 2015.

Areas of Interest:
Second Language Acquisition; L2 Curriculum development; Instructional techniques Storytelling in the L2 classroom; Interaction; Bilingualism.

Rocío Rubio Moirón

Areas of interest: Medieval Literature; Latin; Human Body & Comicality.

Andrea Sánchez Vicente

Andrea is a Doctoral Candidate in Hispano-Romance Philology/Linguistics with a concentration in Description and Development of Peninsular Spanish. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Spanish Language and Literature and in Classical Languages and Literatures from the Universidad de Valladolid (Spain), her hometown's university. She also holds a M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Areas of Interest:
History of the Spanish language, historical linguistics, philology, Medieval and Golden Age manuscripts, linguistic variation and change.

Andrew Schmiege

Born in Chesaning, Michigan, I received my MA from Middlebury College in 2012. Here at Madison I am studying Early Modern peninsular literature with a concentration on Cervantes, and my PhD minor has to do with Arab-European relations.

Brenda Stelter Froemming

Monica Styles

Lucas (Luke) Urbain

Areas of interest: Contemporary Latin American literature and visual culture.

Jaime Vargas Luna

(BA, Universidad de San Marcos, 2003; MA, UW-Madison, 2012) PhD 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.

L. Fernando Vazquez

Areas of Interest: Medieval Studies/ Poetics / Spanish and Italian Literature/ Grammaticalization/ Vulgar or Uneducated Speech/ Deictics and Expletives in Romance/ Vulgar Latin/ Comparative Romance Linguistics/ Pedagogy of the Romance Languages/ Historical Linguistics/ Orthoepy/ Ortography-Phonology Interface/ Phonaesthetics/ Stylistics/ Paleography.

Alexis Wills