Research

Women write.

I’m interested in what they have to say and how they choose to say it.

I specialize in women’s literature of the Americas during the long 20th-century. My research focuses on personal narratives–including letters, diaries, autobiographies, oral histories, interviews, film documentaries, and social media–to consider how female subjects narratively present and re-present their lives. I’m fascinated by how these textual iterations can simultaneously engender a subject’s self-determination and result in her fragmentation through the processes of publication, translation, and adaptation.


Fields of Study

20th-Century Women’s Literature of the Americas

My areas of expertise include novels, short stories, cronicas, testimonios, poetry, and nonfiction texts from the U.S. and Latin America. I take a hemispheric approach to American literature and consider how the translation and circulation of texts between American readers forms transnational identities.

Life-Writing

In particular, I focus on the formal weirdness of personal narratives, including letters, diaries, autobiographies, oral histories, interviews, film documentaries, and social media written by women in the hemispheric Americas and Europe. What’s the point of a personal narrative? Who’s it for?

Feminist Theories and Pedagogy

I am eternally in debt to Black feminist thinkers like bell hooks and Kimberlé Crenshaw, whose philosophies of education as liberation and situated knowledges inform my research methodology and teaching pedagogy.

Decolonial Methodologies

I adopt the research methodologies of thinkers such as Aníbal Quijano, Walter Mignolo, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, and Gloria Anzaldúa, who remind me to shift my thinking and writing away from Eurocentric paradigms to consider other ways of coming to know the world.