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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

    Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Postdoctoral Researcher
    Department of English and Comparative Literature

    Geovani Ramírez

    Geovani Ramírez is a Postdoctoral researcher 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 citizensh … Continued

    Graduate Teaching Fellow
    Department of English and Comparative Literature

    Chloe Hamer

    Chloe Hamer is a PhD student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill. Her research centers around questions of collective memory, class, and political resistance in postcolonial Caribbean literatures, with a specific focus on the relationship between anti-global capitalist activism and literary form. Chloe’s dissertation aims to explore depictions of labor in contemporary Haitian and Haitian diasporic novels, examining the ways in which these novels make use of … 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

    Krysten Voelkner

    My primary interests reside at the intersection of environmental humanities and contemporary LatinX literature. Topics which I find exciting relate to the rhetoric of environmental advocacy, the myriad of emotional responses to the threat 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 Writing in the Humanities Unit Assignment, focused on Latinx Detective Fiction.

    Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Teaching Fellow
    Department of English and Comparative Literature

    Marcy Pedzwater

    Marcy Pedzwater specializes in contemporary LatinX and Latin American Literatures. She is the Project Coordinator for LSP Graduate Teaching Initiatives. She provides instructional support to Graduate Teaching Fellows who wish to incorporate Latina/o Studies into their first-year writing courses and develops teaching resources for the Latina/o Studies Program. Her research focuses on the intersections of archive, gender, authoritarianism, and colonialism in Latin American and Latina post-dictator … Continued