I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers University. I hold an M.A in Spanish Literature and Culture from the same institution and a B.A in English and Spanish from Montclair State University where I began my literary journey studies. I am currently finishing my dissertation entitled “The Remnants of the Armed Conflict: The Body In/After Violence in Contemporary Colombian Cinema” under the direction of Professors Marcy Schwartz (Chair), Susan Martin-Márquez, and Camilla Stevens.
At Rutgers, I have taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), the comparative literature program, and the English Writing program.
I have been co-organizing the monthly series, “Jueves de cine,” which features award-winning films from Latin America with CLAS, and co-arranging the visit of important filmmakers, such as Colombian director Jorge Forero. I have also taken on several leadership positions as the faculty-student representative and the elected President and Vice-President of the Graduate Student Association in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for two years, the graduate representative in CLAS’s Executive Committee, and a fellow in the Pre-Doctoral Leadership Development Academy, a program designed to foster university leaders. At Rutgers, I was one of the co-founders of the online literary magazine, Yzur.
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