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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.

Michael Alves Pantaleõ

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.

Gabriel Antúnez De Mayolo Kou

Areas of interest:
Contemporary Latin American literature; Public Humanities; and Contemporary written and visual satire.

Abel Arango

Daniel Ares López

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

Areas of interest:
Contemporary Latin American literature, and fantastic literature.

Caitlin Beduhn

Natalie Belisle

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

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.

Andrea (Joyce) Carrillo

(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

Denise Castillo is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a B.A. from 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 Fashion, Material Cultural Studies and Gastronomical practices in XVI & XVII centuries in Spain and the American Viceroyalties.

Marcos Colón

Nora Díaz Chávez

Perry Asa Reagan Equals

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. Was a member of the varsity cross country team and indoor/outdoor track and field teams at Pitt.
Area of Interest:
Impacts of international sports organizations on the social and economic wellbeing of Portuguese-speaking nations.

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 Lispector’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. She also has experience in production of teaching materials, pedagogical coordination and evaluation of Celpe-Bras exam.
Areas of Interest: Brazilian Literature, Portuguese as an Additional Language, Critical Discourse Analysis, Literacy.

Francesca Ferrono

Adriana Fonseca Vargas

Emily (Emi) Frerichs

Evelyn Galindo-Doucette

Julio C. García

Roberto Garcia 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 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.

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

Stephanie Joy Heredia

Stephanie is working on her MA in Literature and her research interests are 20th century Latin American literature, Spanish- American literature, Transatlantic studies, and Hispanic popular religious culture. She is Bolivian-American and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2016 with majors in Hispanic Studies and History.

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

David Korfhagen

Carly Kragthorpe

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

Emily Kuder

Emily Kuder is studying for her PhD 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

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.

Marin Laufenberg

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

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

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

Carlos Martín Cabrera

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

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.

Joseph Patteson

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

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.”

Axel Presas

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.

Jeremy Ríos

I was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a Puerto Rican background. I received a BA 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 MA in Spanish linguistics.

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 PhD 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.

Erin Russ

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

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.

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.

Alec Schumacher

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

Jenny Spicola

Graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2015 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and Dance.
Areas of Interest:
Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Literature and Film, Translation, Second Language Acquisition.

Brenda Stelter Froemming

Margo Stutz

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.

Fernando L 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.

Yuan Wang

Areas of interest: Portuguese and lusophone african literature, Postcolonial studies, and Travel literature.

Diego Zorita Arroyo

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.