I am an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research examines how Mexican and Central American literature and film represent the more-than-human planet. At UIUC, I teach classes in the Spanish and Portuguese Department on Latin American literature, cinema, and the environmental humanities.
I am currently at work on a monograph, Subjunctive Aesthetics: Mexican Culture in the Era of Climate Change. This project examines how contemporary Mexican writers, filmmakers, and artists respond to the uncertainty posed by ongoing and future climate change by activating subjunctive modes such as doubt, contingency, and possibility.
I am co-editor of two volumes in the environmental humanities:
- Timescales: Thinking Across Ecological Temporalities, co-edited with Bethany Wiggin and Patricia Kim, brings together interdisciplinary research on the question of time in the Anthropocene (University of Minnesota Press, 2020).
- Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema, co-edited with Gisela Heffes, theorizes the rich cinematic production coming out of Latin America that attends to environmental questions (SUNY Press, forthcoming 2021).