Luke Urbain is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese with a minor in the Transdisciplinary Study of Visual Cultures. Their dissertation explores the concept of safety—in all its coercions and forms of care—as an agent material transformation in and on recent Cuban cultural production, including its diaspora. Other research interests include Contemporary Caribbean Literatures and Visual Cultures, Postcolonial Theory, Photography, and Queer Theory.
Luke has taught a number of Spanish language classes (Spanish 102, 204, 226) and was a Teaching Assistant for LACIS 260 (Introduction to Latin America, with Professor Kathryn Sanchez). They have served as an elected graduate student representative to the World Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics (WLLCL) Council and the Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures (GAPP) Workgroup.