Gabriella Alvarado

Gabriella Alvarado

B.A in Spanish, California State University,  Fullerton 2020.

M.A in Spanish, California State University, Fullerton 2022.

Author of 2 poetry books. 

Research interest: indigenous literature, discrimination and racism of indigenous communities and women in the Mexican Revolution.

Natalia Álvarez Zanza

M.A. in Literary Studies (Universidad Complutense Madrid).

B.A. in Education (Universidad de Valladolid)

B.A. in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

Research Interests: Medical Humanities, Modern and Contemporary Spanish literature, Literature and Cinema, Literature and Music,  Critical Theory.

Alejandra Castellanos

M.A. in Spanish Literature, University of California, Irvine (Spanish Literature)

B.A. in Spanish, an English-Spanish translating certificate, and a minor in Chicano Studies, Cal State University, Channel Islands.

My research interest is the deconstruction of the narrative of masculinity in contemporary Latin American literature. In addition, I would like to hold literary workshops for immigrants with a focus on the exchange of ideas and experiences of masculinities.

Luis Fernando de la Cruz Herrera

Luis FErnand

M.A., Spanish, Ohio University. 

B.A., Humanidades y Filosofía, Universidad Mesoamericana de San Agustín, in Yucatán, México.

I have published over twenty titles mostly of poetry (lyric, satirical, and for children). I believe in a sense of community based on understanding and unconditional love. I also believe that poetry (and the arts) can be an instrument for that (for building community and understanding), but not always is.

Professional interests: Pedagogy, creative writing, literary translation, & language teaching/acquisition. Research interest: Poetry in its many forms, particularly in native Mexican languages.


Manuel Del Alto

Del Alto
M.A. Latin American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. English, University of California, Irvine


Melinda Franke


Ph.D. Candidate, Spanish, University of California, Irvine, 2022.

M.A., Spanish, University of California, Irvine, 2019.

B.A., Spanish & Physics, DePauw University, 2018.

Research Interests: Early Modern Spanish Literature  and Culture, Sound Studies, Critical Theory.


Julia Verónica Gómez Rodríguez

Julia Verónica Gómez

M.A., Comunicación de la Ciencia y la Cultura. ITESO, México.

B.A., Letras Hispánicas, Universidad de Guadalajara, México.

Research interests:

Representations of violence in non-fiction narratives, particularly in contemporary Mexican Chronicles.

Fernanda Hernández Paredes

Fernanda Hernández Paredes

B.A. in Hispanic Literature from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Her work focuses on material poetics, the intersections between activism and literature, and women writers of the 20th and 21st century in Mexico. Along with her academic work, she also writes fiction and non-fiction exploring themes such as language, pain, and violence.

María Elizabeth Massena

María Elizabeth Massena

M.A., Spanish, California State University, Northridge, 2020.

M.A., Education, Universidad Adventista de Chile, 2016.

B.A., History, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, 2010.

Research interests: Latin American Chronicles, 20th Century Latin American literature, Narcoliterature, Narcoviolence and Feminist Literature in the Southern Cone.

McKenna Middleton

McKenna Middleton

M.A., Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Irvine, 2021.

B.A., Spanish and Journalism, Baylor University, 2019.

Research Interests: 20th Century Spanish Literature; Feminist Theory; Motherhood Studies; Memory Studies

Gilberto Nunez

Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature at California State University, Fresno.

Area of research: My academic interests include masculinity from the 20th century to the present in Mexico and Colombia; Narcoliterature with a particular focus on the novel of sicariato.

Fiona O'Connor

Fiona O

B.A. in Comparative Literature and International Political Economy, Fordham University

Research Interests: 20th and 21st century Latin American literature and film, especially in Chile and Colombia; gender and sexuality studies; indigenous studies; post-dictatorship cultural production; neoliberalism; critical theory.

Gwendolen Christine Caroline Pare

Gwendolen Pare

M.A., Latin American Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College, 2016.

B.Sc., Political Science, Universidad de Granada, 2015.

Research interests: Latin American and Caribbean literature and performance of the twentieth and twenty-first century, critical theory, psychoanalysis, medical humanities, media studies



Mell Rivera

B.A. Comparative Literature, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
Research Interests:  Contemporary Caribbean Literature, Feminist Theory, Affect Theory, Postcolonial Studies

Raúl Romo


M.A. in Spanish, California State University, Bakersfield 2023

B.A. in Design and Spanish, University of California, Davis 2016


Research interests:

20th-21st Century Mexican Literature and Film; Latin American/Latinx Visual Arts and Performance; Memory Studies; Social Movements and Activism; Critical Sexualities Studies; Urban Culture; Transnational Studies.

María Carina Saiidi Padilla

Carina Saiidi

M.A., Urban Education, Language & Culture, Loyola Marymount University, 2014. 

B.A., History, Spanish & Portuguese, UCLA, 2011.

Research interests: Transnational Mexico-USA. Trauma and healing in the immigrant, Chicano community.

Marco Antonio Sanchez-Cano

M.A., Spanish Language and Literature, San Diego State University, 2023
B.A., Spanish, Minor in Latin American Studies, San Diego State University, 2021
B.A., Communications, San Diego State University, 2021
Research Interests: 
20th-21st century Latin American literature (México and Argentina), Mexican Revolution, dictatorships, violence, pain, nationalism, critical theory, psychoanalysis 


Jeanie Toscano

Jeanie Green Jacket
Spanish Literature, University of California, Irvine
German, Spanish and Social Work, University of Portland

Fulbright Research Fellowship to Germany: 2008-2009

Research Interests: 20th and 21st century Latin American and US Chicanx Literature, aesthetics of violence, narcoliterature, border studies, gender and sexuality, postcolonial studies, and Hispanic musical cultures..

José María Urdaneta Azuero

José María Urdaneta Azuero

M.A., University of California, Irvine, 2019.

B.A., Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 2016.

My research focuses on autobiographical writings, diaries and documentary cinema. Amongst others, I study the works of Luis Ospina, Joao Moreira Salles, Albertina Carri, Fernando Vallejo, Julio Ramón Ribeyro, Alejandra Pizarnik, Ricardo Piglia and Andrés Di Tella. More broadly, I am interested in literary theory and media studies.

Jennifer Vasquez

Spanish, University of New Mexico, 2019
English Comparative & Literary Studies/ Spanish Literary Studies, Occidental College, 2016

Research Interests: Latin American literature and culture in the 20th and 21st century; Central American immigration; Post-colonial studies; Feminist theory