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Professor                          Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Department of American Culture (Latina/o Studies) and Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (Spanish). Professor (without tenure), Department of Women's and Gender Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). Affiliated with Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG). Fall 2003–present. Promoted to Professor of American Culture and Romance Languages and Literatures with tenure in September 2019. Associate Professor with tenure, Fall 2009–Summer 2019. Assistant professor, Fall 2003–Summer 2009.


Undergraduate Courses taught:

American Culture 103: First Year Seminar: Drag in America (Fall 2017).

American Culture 204: Engaging Performance (with Gillian Eaton, Winter 2016).

American Culture 213: Introduction to Latina/o Studies (Spring 2008, Fall 2014, Fall 2018, Fall 2019).

American Culture/Women’s Studies 243: Introduction to the Study of Latinas in the U.S. (Winter 2006, Winter 2008, Winter 2010, Winter 2012, Winter 2014).

American Culture 327/English 387: Latino/Latina Literature in the U.S., Section 1: “Language and U.S. Latino/a Culture” (Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2005). Meets with Spanish 368.004 (Fall 2004). Cross-listed with Spanish 327 (Fall 2005).

American Culture 381/Screen Arts & Cultures 381: Latinas/os and the Media (Fall 2008, Fall 2009).

Spanish 373: Topics in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures: “Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean” (Summer 2012).

Spanish 420: Caribbean Cinema (Winter 2005, Winter 2010, Fall 2012).

Spanish 430: Advanced Topics in Hispanic Culture, Section 1: “Queer Culture of the Hispanic Caribbean and Its Diaspora” (Fall 2003, Winter 2006, Winter 2009, Fall 2011).

Spanish 440: Literatures and Cultures of the Borderlands: The Politics of Language (Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019).

Spanish 448: Hispanic Culture: Learning Through Community Service (Fall 2005).


Graduate Courses taught:

American Culture 601/English 627/Romance Languages 680: Seminar in Queer of Color Theory (Fall 2007).

American Culture 601: Approaches to Latino/a Studies/Spanish 826: US Latino/a Literature and Culture (Winter 2013).

American Culture 618/LATINOAM 618: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Latina/o Studies (Winter 2020).

American Culture 699: Latina/o Cultural Studies (Winter 2009).

American Culture 801/Spanish 821/Women’s Studies 698.004/ Comparative Literature 770: Trans Latino/a American Drag (Winter 2005).

Spanish 821/Women’s Studies 698.005: Gender and Sexuality in Latin America and the Caribbean (Winter 2008).

Spanish 821: Trans Latino/a American Drag (Fall 2015, Winter 2018).

Spanish 895: Independent Study (Fall 2013).


Assistant Professor         Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey, New Brunswick-Piscataway: Department of Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies (renamed Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies), Department of Spanish and Portuguese & Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Affiliated with Program in Latin American Studies (RULAS). Fall 1999—Spring 2003.


Undergraduate Courses taught:

Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies/Women’s and Gender Studies 210: Gender Across Cultures.

Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies 225: Caribbean Cinema.

Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies 266: Introduction to Puerto Rican Literature.

Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies/Spanish 303: Language and U.S. Latino Culture.

Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies 306/Women’s and Gender Studies 304: Queer Culture of the Hispanic Caribbean and Its Diaspora.

Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies 400: Advanced Topics in Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Literature: Queer Caribbean Culture.

Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies 497: Seminar in Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies: Latino Cultural Theory.

Latin American Studies 402: Seminar in Latin American Studies: Language and U.S. Latino/a Culture.

Spanish 332: Literature and Culture of the Hispanic Caribbean.


Graduate Courses Taught:

Spanish 655: Seminar in Spanish-American Theater: U.S. Latino/a Theater and Performance - From Rural and Urban Roots to Queer and Feminist Border Mappings.



Assistant Professor         The Ohio State University, Columbus: Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Fall 1998 - Spring 1999.


Undergraduate Courses taught:

Spanish 330: Visual and Verbal Approaches to Latino/a Cultures in the U.S.

Spanish 403: Intermediate Spanish Composition.

Spanish 450: Introduction to the Study of Literature.

Spanish 556: XXth Century Latin American Literature.


Graduate courses taught:

Spanish 758: U.S. Latino/a Theater and Performance: From Urban and Rural Roots to Queer and Feminist Border Mappings.





Género y Sexualidad en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

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Principal Departmental-level Service


American Culture


American Culture Executive Committee

Ex officio member, Fall 2011-Winter 2016, Fall 2018-Winter 2019.

Elected member (junior faculty), Fall 2008 - Winter 2009.


American Culture Workshop

Faculty coordinator (with Sarah Zenaida Gould, graduate student coordinator), Fall 2004 – Winter 2005. Facilitated Wednesday lunchtime talks, introduced speakers, and led discussion.


Graduate Admissions Committee

Chair (2009-2010). Member (2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09). Participated in admissions selection and active recruitment of admitted students.


Latina/o Studies Program

• Director, 2011-16; Interim Director (July 2018–June 2019).

• Guest Presentations, AC 213 (“Introduction to Latina/o Studies”), Fall 2005, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2017.

• Member, Latina/o Studies Advisory Board (Fall 2003-present).

• Member, Joint Latina/o Studies/American Culture/English Job Search Committee (2005-06).


Special Events Coordination

• Organized panel discussion on Keywords for Latina/o Studies with Sheila Contreras, María Eugenia Cotera, Theresa Delgadillo, Ramón Rivera-Servera, and Alexandra Minna Stern (Oct. 2018).

• Organized visit of Ana Celia Zentella, UC San Diego, with Ashley Lucas (Feb. 2018).

• Organized visit of Mickey Negrón, artist (Oct. 2017).

• Organized visit of Frances Aparicio, Northwestern Univ. (Oct. 2015).

• Organized visit of Miguel Algarín, Nuyorican Poets’ Café (Feb. 2015)

• Organized “Islands Meet Borderlands: A Hemispheric Literary Reading” with Aliyah Khan, Amy Sara Carroll, Candace Curtis-Cavazos, Francis Santana, Larry La Fountain-Stokes, and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Kelsey Museum (Jan. 2015).

• Organized visit of Peter Carlo-Becerra, Univ. of Puerto Rico (Oct. 2014).

• Organized visit of José Esteban Muñoz, New York Univ. (Mar. 2013).

• Organized visit of Marta Moreno Vega, director Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (Feb. 2013).

• Organized visit of Nayda Collazo-Lloréns, artist (Dec. 2012).

• Organized visit of Danny Méndez, Michigan State Univ. (Nov. 2012).

• Organized visit, performance, and workshop of Aravind Adyanthaya, founder and director, Casa Cruz de la Luna, San Germán, PR (19-20 Jan. 2012).

• (With Danielle Abrams and Carol Jacobsen, School of Art and Design.) Organized visiting artist residency, public lecture, classroom visits, community outreach, and performance of Carmelita Tropicana (Alina Troyano) (Winter 2010; received King Chávez Parks Visiting Professorship).

• Organized Tribute to Ricardo Montalbán (featuring Alex Montalbán), April 2009.

(With Amy Chavasse, Department of Dance). Organized visit and public lecture of Arthur Avilés and Charles Rice-González, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) (Fall 2008).

Organized visit, public lecture, and class visits of Prof. Licia Fiol-Matta, Lehman College, CUNY (Winter 2008).

Organized three-month residency, performance, and class visits of performing artist Josefina Báez, Ayombe Theatre, NY (Winter 2005; received Center for World Performance Studies grant; King Chávez Parks Visiting Professorship).

Organized visit and public lecture of Jacqueline Jiménez Polanco, FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Fall 2004; received Institute for the Humanities grant).  


Doctoral Dissertation Committes (completed)

Director or Co-Director

• Lorgia García-Peña: director. Title: “Dominicanidad in Contra (Diction): Marginality, Migration, and the Narration of a Dominican National Identity.” Dissertation deposited 2008.



• Yamil Avivi, reader. Title: ““Sites of Latino/a Youth Subcultures: Memory, Spacemaking and Citizenship in Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1980s-1990s.” Dissertation defended: May 2016.

• Isabel Millán: reader. Title: “(Play)Grounds for Dismissal: Niñas Raras in Transborder Children's Cultural Studies.” Dissertation defended: July 2013.

• Wilson Valentín-Escobar: reader. Title: “Bodega Surrealism: The Emergence of Latin@ Artivists in New York City, 1976-Present.” Dissertation deposited 2011.


Romance Languages and Literatures


Lecturer III/IV Review Committee

Member (Winter 2006, Winter 2008).


Portuguese Curriculum Committee (Winter 2006-ongoing).

Serve in advisory capacity for curricular matters related to teaching of Portuguese language and literature at undergraduate level. Chair, 2009-2010.


Departmental Sexual Harassment Advisor (Fall 2003).


Undergraduate Advising

(2005-06, 2007-10, 2012-present). 1 to 1.5 weekly hours of advising regarding concentration, minor, and study abroad.


Doctoral Dissertation Committes (completed)

Director or Co-Director

• Jessica Piney: director. Title: “A Trans-Atlantic Encounter—Special Period Migration and La Nueva España: Geographies and Cultural Production of the Cuban Velvet Exile in Contemporary Spain.” Dissertation deposited 2011.

• Mariam Colón Pizarro: co-director (with Jossianna Arroyo). Title: “Poetic Pragmatism: The Puerto Rican Division of Community Education (DIVEDCO) and the Politics of Cultural Production, 1949-1968.” Dissertation deposited 2011.

• Radost Rangelova: director. Title: “House, Factory, Beauty Salon, Brothel: Space, Gender, and Sexuality in Puerto Rican Literature and Film.” Dissertation deposited 2009.

• Leslie Louise Marsh: co-director (with Catherine Benamou). Title: “Embodying Citizenship in Brazilian Women’s Film, Video and Literature, 1971 to 1988.” Dissertation deposited 2008.



• Laura P. Herbert: reader. Title: “Silver Screen Sovereignty: Mexican Film and the Intersections of Reproductive Labor and Biopolitics.” Dissertation defended: September 2017.

• Lucía Naser Rocha: reader. Title: “De la politización de la danza a la dancificación de la política.” Dissertation defended: April 2017.

• Pedro Aguilera-Mellado: reader. Title: “Archisms in Liberal and Neoliberal Spain: On Death, Dictatorship, and Democracy.” Dissertation defended: February 2017.

• Martin Vega Olmedo: reader. Title: “Mothers and Daughters at Imperial Crossroads: Expressions of Status, Economy and Motherhood in 16th Century Mexico.” Dissertation defended: May 2016.

• Matías Beverinotti: reader. Title: “What Happened in History since the End of History?: Populism and New Historical Discourse in Argentina.” Dissertation defended: Dec. 2015.

• Érika Almenara: reader. Title: “The Language of Transvestism and the Political Limits of the National-Popular in 20th and 21st Century Latin American Cultural Production.” Dissertation defended: June 2015.

• Juliet F. Guzzetta: reader. Title: “Stages of History: Performing 1970s Italy with Narrative Theater.” Dissertation defended: Apr. 2013.

• Alejandro Quin: reader. Title: “Taming the Chaos: Nature, Sovereignty, and the Politics of Writing in Modern Latin America.” Dissertation defended: August 2011.

• Andrea Dewees: reader. Title: “Other Communions: Maya, Mulatto, Woman and God in Miguel Ángel Asturias 1923-1974.” Dissertation defended: September 2010.

• Andreea Marinescu: reader. Title: “In Exile from Representation: Chilean Post-Coup and Post-Dictatorship Cultural Production.” Dissertation defended: September 2010.

• Daniel Arroyo-Rodríguez: reader. Title: “Guerrilla Narratives in Spanish Contemporary Culture.” Dissertation defended: April 2010.

• Alana Reid: reader. Title: “Piracy, Globalization and Marginal Identities: Navigating Gender and Nationality in Contemporary Hispanic Fiction.” Dissertation defended: June 2009

• Anne McGee: reader. Title: “From Tomóchic to Las Jornadas Villistas: History, Memory, and Regional Identity in Chihuahua and Durango.” Dissertation defended: August 2008.

• Emma García: reader. Title: “Reading Latinas: A Cultural Analysis of Beauty, Gender and Empowering Models for and by Latinas.” Dissertation defended: Winter 2005.

• Marivel Danielson: reader. Title: “Our Art is Our Weapon: Identity and Representation in Queer U.S. Latina Creativity.” Dissertation defended: Summer 2004.



Other University of Michigan Service



Doctoral Dissertation Committes (completed)

• Sherina Feliciano-Santos: reader. Title: “An Inconceivable Indigeneity? The Historical, Cultural and Interactional Dimensions of Taíno Activism in Puerto Rico.” Dissertation deposited 2011.


Art and Design

MFA Thesis Committees (completed)

• Kristin Kurzawa: reader. Title: “Femmes: Front and Center.” MFA Thesis presentation, April 2009.

• James P. Leija: reader. Title: “Sins with All My Heart: Autobiography and Performance as Activist Intervention.” MFA Thesis presentation, September 2007.


Comparative Literature

Doctoral Dissertation Committes (completed)

• María Cristina Hamill: reader. Title: “Exorcising Caribbean Ghosts: The Family, the Hero and the Plantation in Julia Alvarez’s Saving the World and In the Name of Salomé and Maryse Condé’s Tree of Life, and I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem.” Dissertation defended: June 2007. 



Doctoral Dissertation Committes (completed)

• Marie Cruz Soto: reader. Title: “Inhabiting Isla Nena, 1514-2003: Time-Space Narrations, Imperial Dramas and Vieques, Puerto Rico.” Dissertation defended: December 2007.


International Institute

Interviewer, Fulbright Applications, Fall 2005.

Reviewed Applications for the Rackham International Research Awards, Winter 2006. [read 40 files]


Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Advisory Committee, 2005-06.

Queer Latin/o American Speaker Series, Winter 2006. Organized series. Invited six speakers (Denilson Lopes, Rubén Ríos Ávila, Javier Laureano, Carmelita Tropicana, Achy Obejas, Rane Arroyo).


Music, Theater and Dance

Doctoral Dissertation Committes (completed)

• Cara Gabriel: Reader. Title: “The Spice of Life: Ethnicity, Gender, and the Nation in the Variedad.” Dissertation defended: Summer 2006. 


Public Health

Doctoral Dissertation Committees (completed)

• Rahwa Haile: reader. Title: “Social Stigma and HIV/AIDS in Black MSM.” Dissertation defended: July 2009.


Rackham Graduate School

• Faculty Advisor, Caribbean Workshop, Fall 2005-Winter 2006.

• Faculty Advisor, Rackham Summer Institute, Summer 2007, Summer 2008.

• Member, Institutional Steering Committee, Univ. of Michigan chapter of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, Winter 2008, Fall 2008, Winter 2009, Winter 2012.

• Speaker, Rackham-Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) Preparing Future Faculty Seminar, Panel Discussion with Junior Faculty, May 2006; May 2008.


Screen Arts and Cultures

Doctoral Dissertation Committes (completed)

• Kristy Rawson: reader. Title: “A Trans-American Dream: Lupe Vélez and the Performance of Transculturation.” Dissertation defended: May 2012.



Doctoral Dissertation Committees (completed)

• Tanya Saunders: reader. Title: “The Cuban Remix: Rethinking Culture and Political Participation in Contemporary Cuba.” Dissertation defended: May 2008.


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

• Faculty mentor for four students (2004-06)

• Faculty mentor for one student (2020-21)







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