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

María DeGuzmán

Advisory Board, Staff

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

 

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

Geovani Ramírez

Affiliated Faculty, Staff

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

 

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Graduate Teaching Fellow
Department of English and Comparative Literature

Krysten Voelkner

Affiliated Graduate Teaching Fellows, Staff

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

 

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Graduate Teaching Fellow
Department of English and Comparative Literature

emilio Jesús Taiveaho Peláez

Affiliated Graduate Teaching Fellows, Staff

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

 

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Associate Professor
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Tanya Shields

Advisory Board

Dr. Shields’ research and teaching on the Caribbean may be of particular interest to students pursuing a certificate in Latina/o Studies.  In addition to her research (see Bodies and Bones: Feminist Rehearsal and Imagining Caribbean Belonging and The Legacy of Eric Williams: Into the Postcolonial Moment), she teaches two relevant courses that include readings and material from cultural producers in the Caribbean and Latina/o artists in the US: WMST 350: Spitting in the Wind: American Women, Art, … Continued

 

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Assistant Professor and Visual Artist Susan
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Susan Harbage Page

Advisory Board

Harbage Page is a visual artist whose research focuses on social justice issues concerning race, surveillance, and militarized borders. Her work is extremely diverse both in substance, form, and media and can be roughly divided into “The U.S–Mexico Border Project” which includes the “Anti-Archive of Trauma on the U.S.-Mexico Border” with circa 1000 objects (2007-present) and “Textiles: A Metaphorical Tracing” (2012-present). Both bodies of work focus on archives, how they shape our histories, wh … Continued

 

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Associate Professor and Margaret Shuping Fellow of Creative Nonfiction
Creative Writing Program, Department of English & Comparative Literature

Stephanie Elizondo Griest

Advisory Board

A Chicana from South Texas, Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of three travel memoirs that explore Latina/o cultural identity: Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana; Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines; and All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands. She has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Oxford American, VQR, and The Believer, and her reporting has won a Richard Margolis Award for Social Justice. Here at UNC-Chapel … Continued

 

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Associate Professor
Department of Art

Roxana Perez-Mendez

Advisory Board

Roxana Pérez-Méndez is a video performance and installation artist who creates work about the arbitrary nature of contemporary identity through the lens of her own experience as a Puerto Rican woman.

 

Headshot of Dr. Rosa Perelmuter
Professor of Romance Studies (Spanish) & Director of the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
Department of Romance Studies

Rosa Perelmuter

Advisory Board

Dr. Perelmuter regularly teaches a first-year honors seminar about Latin@ literature and culture (ROML055H, “Writing with an accent: Latino Literature and Culture”), where students are exposed to the many faces/ethnicities of Hispanics living in the United States and their literary and cultural production.She also teaches a course on the literary and cultural output of Cubans living in the US (SPAN 389, “Los cubanos en la diáspora: literatura y cultura”). For MURAP (murap.unc.edu) she recruits c … Continued

 

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Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
Department of Romance Studies

Oswaldo Estrada

Advisory Board

Dr. Estrada’s research focuses on gender formation and transgression, historical memory, and the construction of dissident identities in contemporary Latina/o American Literature. He regularly teaches a first-year seminar on Mexican and Latina women, titled “Mexican Women across Borders and Genres,” and also an upper division course, titled “Violence in Contemporary Latina/o American Literature.” He has published articles on Peruvian American author Daniel Alarcón, and also on Mexican writers Da … Continued

 

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Associate Professor
Department of English & Comparative Literature. Affiliated with the Department of American Studies and Curriculum in Global Studies

Laura Halperin

Advisory Board

Dr. Halperin is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Program in Latina/o Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, and she is affiliated with the Department of American Studies and the Curriculum in Global Studies. She is also the Academic Director of N.C. Sli (the Scholars’ Latinx Initiative), a mentorship and leadership program that pairs UNC undergraduates with Latinx high school students and that is built on principles of recognition, affirmation, and equi … Continued

 

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Professor of Social Medicine
UNC School of Medicine

Krista Perreira

Advisory Board

Dr. Perreira is a health economist who studies disparities in health, education, and economic well-being and inter-relationships between family, health and social policy. Focusing on children in immigrant families, her most recent work combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies to study migration from Latin America and the health and educational consequences of migration. Through her research, she aims to develop programs and policies to improve the well-being of immigrant families and … Continued

 

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Associate Professor of Spanish
Department of Romance Studies

Juan Carlos González-Espitia

Advisory Board

Dr. González-Espitia is a scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin American and Latina/o literature. He has continuously taught courses and guided work in both time periods, inspiring and being inspired by my students. His research focuses on non-canonical, heterodox, shunned and hidden literature, ideas, and authors that, although excluded, reveal very profound trends in culture and society. Dr. González-Espitia’s research treats representations of disease, literature that challenges … Continued

 

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D.M.A., Associate Professor
Department of Music

Juan Álamo

Advisory Board

As an educator and performer I am involved in different recording projects, classes, lectures and master classes related to Latin American culture/studies.  For instance, at UNC I teach two courses related to Latin American music: MUSC 147 – Intro to Latin American Music and MUSC 213-007, UNC Global Rhythm Ensemble. Through these our students get an opportunity to courses  study the history, culture, music –artists

 

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Teaching Assistant Professor
Department of English and Comparative Literature

Guillermo Rodríguez-Romaguera

Advisory Board

Guillermo Rodríguez-Romaguera has a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture and an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California as well as an A.B. in Comparative Literature and Latin American Studies from Princeton University. His research focuses on theorizing horror film spectatorship as a self-reflexive act of political resistance in modern and contemporary culture through an interdisciplinary imbrication of literary theory, political phil … Continued

 

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Senior Lecturer
Department of English & Comparative Literature

Elyse Crystall

Advisory Board

Dr. Crystall teaches “Literature and Cultural Diversity: Transmigrations” which takes as its point of departure Mary Louise Pratt’s concept of the “contact zone,” the site where those who come into contact are changed by the encounter. The texts consist of narratives that move across time and history; space and geography; gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality and challenge notions of what is defined (culturally) as normal, natural, accepted, and customary – that is, the standard agains … Continued

 

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Assistant Professor
Department of Communication

China Medel

Advisory Board

Dr. Medel’s research and teaching interests include visual media studies, performance, U.S.-Mexico border studies, Chicana/o and Latina/o literature and art, hemispheric and transnational American Studies, social movements, and transnational feminism. Her research focuses on the role of art and media in imagining and generating new modes of political recognition in the Americas. Her dissertation “Border Images and Imaginaries: Spectral Aesthetics and Visual Medias of Americanity at the U.S.-Mexi … Continued

 

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Associate Professor
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Ariana E. Vigil

Advisory Board

Dr. Vigil is an associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She is the author of War Echoes: Gender and Militarization in U.S. Latina/o Cultural Production (Rutgers University Press, 2014). She conducts teaching and research in contemporary Latina/o cultural production, focusing on issues of gender and sexuality, militarization, and transnationalism. Her work has appeared in meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, La … Continued

 

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Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology and Global Studies

Angela Stuesse

Advisory Board

Angela Stuesse is broadly interested in social inequality, and her research and teaching interests include globalization, migration, race, labor, human rights, and methodologies of activist research. Her book Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South (University of California Press 2016), explores how new Latino migration into Mississippi’s poultry industry has impacted communities and prospects for worker organizing.  It is based on six years of activist research engage … Continued

 

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Associate Professor
Department of Geography

Altha Cravey

Advisory Board

Altha J. Cravey’s work explores globalization livelihoods, and labor geographies from a feminist perspective using ethnography, political economy and collaborative video documentaries. She has expertise in Mexico, Mexican development policies, NAFTA, and Mexican working class experiences in the United States South. She has published in Feminist Formations, Ethnography, Economic Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, Antipode, and also published a book, Women and Work in Mexico’s Maquiladoras. … Continued

 

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Professor and Chair
Department of Dramatic Arts

Adam Versényi

Advisory Board

Dr. Versényi  teaches courses in Latin American and U.S. Latino/a Theatre and Performance, and helps direct the Teatro Latino/a Series.

 

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Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor
Department of History

Kathleen DuVal

Affiliated Faculty

Kathleen DuVal earned her Ph.D. in history at the University of California-Davis, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor. Her most recent book is Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (Random House, 2015), which tells the history of the Spanish in the American Revolution. She is also the author of The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the He … Continued

 

Director of the Stone Center for Black Culture and History and Adjunct Associate Professor
Stone Center for Black Culture and History and Department of African/African American and Diaspora Studies

Joseph Jordan

Affiliated Faculty

Joseph Jordan’s work focuses on diaspora social justice movements and the cultural politics of race, identity and artistic production in the diaspora. Selected published work includes: Cabral, Solidarity and the African Diaspora in the Americas in Cabral no Cruzamento de Épocas: Comunicações e Discursos  Produzidos no II Simpósio Internacional Amílcar Cabral (2013); Can the Artist Speak? Hamid Kachmar’s Subverise Redemptive Art of Resistance in Bodies of Knowledge: Interviews, African Art, and S … Continued

 

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Associate Director of The Institute for the Study of the Americas; Director of the Latino Migration Project
The Institute for the Study of the Americas

Hannah Gill

Affiliated Faculty

Hannah Gill is an anthropologist with a specialization in Latin American and Caribbean migration studies. She received a DPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, England and a BA from UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Gill teaches a global service learning class (GLBL 390) that travels to Guanajuato, Mexico each year. She directs the Latino Migration Project at UNC Chapel Hill, a public educational program on Latin American immigration and integration in North Carolina. She is the author o … Continued

 

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Associate Professor of Spanish
Department of Romance Studies

Emil’ Keme

Affiliated Faculty

Emil’ Keme (Aka, Emilio del Valle Escalante) is a K’iche’ Maya scholar, from Iximulew (Guatemala), and an Associate Professor of Spanish. His teaching and research interest focus on contemporary Indigenous literatures and social movements, Central American-American literatures and cultures, and post-colonial and subaltern studies theory. He has been concerned with contemporary Indigenous textual production and how indigenous intellectuals challenge hegemonic traditional constructions of the Indi … Continued

 

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Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
Department of Music

David Garcia

Affiliated Faculty

David Garcia’s research focuses on the music of the Americas with an emphasis on African diasporic and Latin music. His publications include Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music (Temple University Press, 2006) and Listening for Africa: Freedom, Modernity, and the Logic of Black Music’s African Origins (Duke University Press, 2017). He is currently editing a critical reader on the history of Latin music, dance, and theater in the United States, 1783-1900.

 

Assistant Professor
Department of American Studies

Annette M. Rodríguez

Affiliated Faculty

Annette M. Rodríguez’s research interests focus on the functions of public violence in U.S. empire and nation building, U.S. racial formation, immigration, and the production of U.S. citizenship. Her current book project Inventing the Mexican: The Visual Culture of Lynching at the Turn of the Twentieth Century centers performance, popular culture, and visuality as assisting in the relational construction of race. She argues public violences reproduce the vulnerable, unprotected, raced figuration … Continued

 

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Graduate Teaching Fellow
Department of English and Comparative Literature

Nikki Roulo

Affiliated Graduate Teaching Fellows

Nikki Roulo is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses primarily upon early modern literature and in particular, the intersections of poetics and performance, the fool figure, ballads and politics. Click here to check out Nikki’s Writing in the Social Sciences Unit Assignment, focused on Latina/o cultural practices.

 

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Graduate Teaching Fellow
Department of English and Comparative Literature

Marcy Pedzwater

Affiliated Graduate Teaching Fellows

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

 

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Graduate Teaching Fellow
English and Comparative Literature

Lindsay Ragle-Miller

Affiliated Graduate Teaching Fellows

Lindsay Ragle-Miller is currently a first-year PhD student at the University of North-Carolina at Chapel Hill, who teaches ENGL 105, the introductory composition course. In research, Lindsay is interested in Medieval Studies, particularly through the lenses of Disability Studies and Queer Studies. She earned a BA in English with Teacher’s Certification from Eastern Illinois University in 2009. Even then, Lindsay was interested in Medieval Studies, as one of the first students to earn an interdis … Continued

 

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Graduate Teaching Fellow
Department of English and Comparative Literature

Leslie Rowen

Affiliated Graduate Teaching Fellows

Leslie Rowen is a third year PhD student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. There, she focuses on 20th Century American Literature of War, especially soldier writings composed during wartime. In 2017, she received her B.A. in English and Spanish from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. During her time at Bellarmine, she studied for a semester at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador, where she took classes in Spanish and Ecuador’s history. Between he … Continued

 

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Graduate Teaching Fellow
Department of English and Comparative Literature

Jo Klevdal

Affiliated Graduate Teaching Fellows

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

 

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Graduate Teaching Fellow
English and Comparative Literature

Eleanor Rambo

Affiliated Graduate Teaching Fellows

Eleanor Rambo is a PhD student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she specializes in 20th and 21st-century American and Russian-language literature. Her work explores how literature functions as a marker of identity, as well as cultural and economic systems’ influence on the novel. Her writing has appeared in the publications World Literature Today and The Common, and she is currently the Managing Editor of The Carolina Quarterly.

 

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Graduate Teaching Fellow
Department of English and Comparative Literature

Chloe Hamer

Affiliated Graduate Teaching Fellows

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
English and Comparative Literature

Carly Schnitzler

Affiliated Graduate Teaching Fellows

Carly Schnitzler is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently writing a dissertation on the rhetorics and poetics of automation, her research and writing focuses more broadly on the intersections of rhetoric, experimental poetics, labor practices, and digital infrastructures. Her scholarly work has been published or is forthcoming in electronic book review, Textshop Experiments, The CE … Continued

 

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