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    Founding Director of Latina/o Studies Program, Eugene H. Falk Distinguished Professor
    Department of English and Comparative Literature

    María DeGuzmán

    María DeGuzmán is the Eugene H. Falk Professor of English & Comparative Literature and Founding Director of the UNC Latina/o Studies Program of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She is the author of three books: Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire (University of Minnesota Press, August 2005), Buenas Noches, American Culture: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night (Indiana University Press, June 2012), and Understanding John Rechy (Univers … Continued

    Teaching Assistant Professor
    Department of English and Comparative Literature

    Geovani Ramírez

    Geovani Ramírez is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the English and Comparative Literature Department at UNC Chapel Hill where he specializes in Multiethnic and Latinx literatures. His dissertation, for which he was awarded the J. Lee Greene Award for excellence in Postgraduate Work on Race and Ethnicity, explores the ways Mexican-heritage women writers use the topic of labor in their works to interrogate and re-shape notions of class, race, gender, culture, (trans)national identities, and citi … Continued

    Graduate Teaching Fellow
    Department of English and Comparative Literature

    emilio Jesús Taiveaho Peláez

    emilio Jesús Taiveaho Peláez is a first-generation migrant and a PhD. student—in that order—through the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. As both poet and scholar, their work engages the intersection of aesthetic experience and political discipline, blending critical, creative, and archival inquiry. Focusing on 20th-century experimental poetry, their dissertation (tentatively titled Ojos de Hierba: Walt Whitman’s Children & t … Continued

    Graduate Teaching Fellow
    Department of English and Comparative Literature

    Jo Klevdal

    Jo Klevdal is a PhD student in the Department of English and Comparative Literatures where she studies 20th century literature. Her primary interests relate to various understandings of memory and their relationship to both language and image. For her current work, she examines the intersection of photography and literature in the early 20th century. Jo is originally from Colorado and holds a M.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Click here to check out Jo’s Writing in the Social Scienc … Continued

    Graduate Teaching Fellow
    Department of English and Comparative Literature

    Krysten Voelkner

    Krysten Voelkner is a third-year PhD student in the department of English and Comparative Literature. Her primary interests reside at the intersection of environmental humanities and contemporary Latinx literature. Topics which she finds exciting relate to the ecoGothic, fear, anxiety, and other affects engendered by the ongoing reality of climate change, and the ways in which Latinx writers and artists create environmental epistemologies through their works. Click here to check out Krysten’s Wr … Continued