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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

    Krysten Voelkner

    Krysten Voelkner is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in the department of English and Comparative Literature. Her primary interests reside at the intersection of environmental humanities and contemporary Latinx literature. Recent publications of hers can be found in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy. She is currently at work researching for her dissertation, which investigates the ways in which Latinx writers experiment with aesthetics of horror, dre … Continued

    Graduate Teaching Fellow
    English and Comparative Literature

    Meleena Gil

    Meleena (they/she) is a PhD student and teaching fellow in the department of English and Comparative Literature also earning a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Meleena’s research focuses on contemporary LatinX literature and cultural production, queer theory, and the environmental humanities. They are interested in botanical epistemologies, ecological kinships, and futurity. Outside of academia, Meleena is a nature enthusiast, a friend of strays, and a celebrator of quirks and … Continued