Professor / Director of Latina/o Studies

Ph.D., June 1997 Harvard University, English and American Literature

M.A., 1988 Harvard University, English and American Literature

B.A., 1986 Brown University, Summa Cum Laude, Double concentration in American Literature and Hispanic Studies

Bio

My specializations are Latina/o Studies and U.S. literary and cultural studies. As Founding Director of the UNC Latina/o Studies Program, I have published two scholarly books, Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire (University of Minnesota Press, 2005) and Buenas Noches, American Culture: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night (Indiana University Press, 2012). A third scholarly book on the oeuvre of Mexican American writer John Rechy is forthcoming with the University of South Carolina Press. I have published many articles on Latina/o cultural production, and I write and teach about relationships between literature and various kinds of photographic practice. I am also a conceptual photographer and a music composer / sound designer. My photography has been exhibited nationally (including at the ICA in Boston, MA) and internationally. I have published a creative nonfiction essay in Callaloo, photography in the North Carolina Literary Review, and short stories in Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, and Sinister Wisdom.

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Publications:

  • Understanding John Rechy (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press), forthcoming 2018 – 2019.
  • Buenas Noches, American Literature: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2012).
  • Spain’s Long Shadow: The Black Legend, Off-Whiteness, and Anglo-American Empire (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2005)
  • “Latinx: ¡Estamos aquí!, or being ‘Latinx’ at UNC-Chapel Hill.” In “Theorizing Latinx” (Claudia Milian, guest editor), special issue of Cultural Dynamics, vol. 29, no. 3 (August 2017): 214–30.
  • “Four Contemporary Latina/o Writers Ghost the U.S. South.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Literature of the U.S. South (Fred Hobson and Barbara Ladd, editors). New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. 454-72.
  • “The Emerging Geographies of a Latina/o Studies Program.” In “Carolina del Norte: Geographies of Latinization in the South” (Altha Cravey and Gabriela Valdivia, guest editors), special issue of Southeastern Geographer, vol. 51, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 307–26.

Teaching Awards

  • University Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction Spring 2019
  • Excellence in Graduate Student Advocacy Award from the Comparative Literature and English Association of Graduate Students Fall 2015
  • University Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Spring 2005
  • Course Development Grant from the Williamson Fund, UNC-CH ($4,000.00) Nov. 1999
  • Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching  Sept. 1999
  • Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching Sept. 1998
  • Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching Spring, 1990
  • Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching Fall, 1989

Awards

  • Frank Porter Graham Society for outstanding service to the University and Graduate community Spring 2018
  • Recognition Award for Faculty Diversity, Achievement, and Success Dec. 2014
  • Fully paid research leave through the Dept. of English & Comparative Lit. Fall 2013
  • Faculty Diversity Award for promoting equity on campus  Spring 2012
  • Fully paid research leave through the Dept. of English & Comparative Lit. Spring 2008
  • UNC-CH Spray Randleigh Fellowship ($15,000) Spring 2006
  • Alternate for the Kauffman Faculty Fellowship Spring 2005
  • UNC-CH Spray-Randleigh Fellowship for Junior Faculty ($15,000) Spring 2004
  • Fall Semester 2004 Faculty Fellowship at the UNC Institute for The Arts and Humanities ($27,500) Fall 2004
  • University Research Council Research Grant ($1,000) Fall 2003
  • UNC-CH Spray-Randleigh Fellowship for Junior Faculty ($15,000), declined Spring 2002
  • UNC Faculty Research and Study Leave from UNC-CH ($25,830.00) Fall 2000

Courses Taught:

  • English 864: Studies in Latinx Literatures, Cultures, Criticism
  • English 666: Queer Latinx Literature & Photography
  • English 685: Photography in Latinx Short Fiction of the Americas
  • English 465: Difference, Aesthetics, & Affect
  • English 345: U.S. Literature, 1900 – 2000
  • English 150: Intro Seminar to Literary Studies

Curriculum Vitae / Resume