Dissertation Research:

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And so the research chooses a barrel organ, a handful of singers, some phonetic writing techniques, a radio, a jukebox, and a bolero. The dissertation proposes a sonic intervention in Central American cultural studies. Literature and music in Guatemala and Nicaragua have tended to develop narratives of cultural uniqueness. The sounds of those nations, however, tell a very different story–one of cosmopolitan and transnational conduits of exchange.

Education

  • Summer Institute for World Literature, Harvard University (2016)
  • M.A. Comparative Literature, UCLA (2013)
  • B.A. Spanish Literature, UC Berkeley (2009)
  • B.A. Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley (2009)

Current Courses

  • Com Lit 191: “LA Opera Live: Opera and Social Justice”, Fall 2018
  • Com Lit 4DW: “Great Books from the World at Large: The War on Noise in the City”, Summer 2018
  • Com Lit 191: “LA and UCLA Opera Live: Rigoletto and The Mother of Us All”, Spring 2018
  • Com Lit 4DW: “Great Books from the World at Large: Global Quixote”, Winter 2018
  • Com Lit 98T: “Sensing Sound Through World Literature and Music”,  UCLA Collegium for University Teaching Fellows, Winter 2017
  • Spanish 2, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
  • Spanish 1, Winter 2016
  • Spanish 2, Spring 2016
  • Com Lit 1D: “Great Books from the World at Large,” two sections, Freshman Summer Program, Academic Advancement Program, Summers 2014 and 2015
  • Com Lit/Musicology 191: Beaumarchais’ Figaro Plays: Opera and Literature, Spring 2015
  • Com Lit 2CW: “Literature from the Age of the Enlightenment to the 20th Century, Spring 2013
  • Spanish 290: “Rubén Darío,” Spring 2013
  • Com Lit 1A: “Literature from Antiquity to the Middle Ages,” Winter 2013
  • Com Lit 1B:  “Late Medieval – Seventeenth Century Literature,” Fall 2012

 

Publications

Articles

  • “Inviting English Readers to Lucho’s Notebooks: A Translation Review of School of Solitude: Collected Poems by Luis Hernández. Mester Volume XLV. (2016/2017): 231-244.
  •  “Teaching in the Humanities and Civic Engagement.” Humanists@Work Podcasts, University of California Research Institute. (Spring 2016)  <//humwork.uchri.org/blog/category/podcast/>
  •  “Witnessing the City Sounds and Silences of San Salvador.”Párrafo 451 Magazine (March 6, 2016). <http://blog.parrafomagazine.com/post/140780589087/film-451-malacrianza>
  •  “Reimagining the Translation of ‘Sensemayá.’” Ethnomusicology Review, Issue 19. (Fall 2014).

Field of Interest

20th Century Latin American Literature and popular music; Central American cultural studies; music and literature; sound and media studies, affect, 19th century opera, translation studies

Languages

Spanish (near-native fluency), German (advanced), French (intermediate)

Teaching

I am a UCLA teaching fellow for undergraduate lower-division courses on literary and cultural analysis, writing & composition, visual and performance arts analysis and practice, and Spanish language acquisition. I include a pedagogical emphasis in diversity, equity, and inclusion into my teaching curriculum. My goal is to foster a safe environment for students to exercise intellectual integrity, to be in contact with culturally enriching content, and to respectfully engage with students’ diverse voices, while also developing their own critical voice.

  • Winter 2017: UCLA Collegium for University Teaching Fellow – Comparative Literature 98T World Literature and Composition “Reading Sound and Sense through World Literature and Music.” Course website: readingsound.wordpress.com
  • January 2016 – June 2017: Teaching Fellow, UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese – Spanish 1, 2, 3 beginning-intermediate language acquisition courses
  • Winter 2015: Teaching Associate, UCLA Department of Musicology – Comparative Lit/Musicology 100 “Opera and Literary Studies”
  • Summer 2014 & 2015: Teaching Associate, UCLA Academic Advancement Program Freshman Summer Program – Comparative Literature 4D “Postcolonialism & World Literature and Composition.”
  • September 2012 – June 2013: Teaching Assistant, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature – “World Literature and Composition”

 

FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS: 

  • 2018-2019 UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship
  • 2018 UCLA Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR)
  • 2017: UCLA Collegium for University Teaching Fellows 2016-2017, UCLA Office of Instructional Development
  • 2016: Summer Grant for Archival Research in Nicaragua, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature
  • 2015: Divisional Award for Harvard’s Institute for World Literature in 2016, UCLA Division of Humanities and Department of Comparative Literature
  • 2011-12 & 2014-15: Eugene V. Cota-Robles First and Fourth-Year Fellowship, University of California Office of the President, UCLA Graduate Division, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature
  • 2014: Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award: Musico-Literary Studies in 20th Century Germany and Latin America, UCLA Graduate Division
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  • 2013: Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award “Fictionalizing and Musicalizing Central American War, Migration, and the U.S. Diaspora”. UCLA Graduate Division.
  • 2012: Grant for German Language Studies, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature

COURSES:

  • Com Lit 191: “LA Opera Live: Opera and Social Justice”, Fall 2018
  • Com Lit 4DW: “Great Books from the World at Large: The War on Noise in the City”, Summer 2018
  • Com Lit 191: “LA and UCLA Opera Live: Rigoletto and The Mother of Us All”, Spring 2018
  • Com Lit 4DW: “Great Books from the World at Large: Global Quixote”, Winter 2018
  • Com Lit 98T: “Sensing Sound Through World Literature and Music”,  UCLA Collegium for University Teaching Fellows, Winter 2017
  • Spanish 2, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
  • Spanish 1, Winter 2016
  • Spanish 2, Spring 2016
  • Com Lit 1D: “Great Books from the World at Large,” two sections, Freshman Summer Program, Academic Advancement Program, Summers 2014 and 2015
  • Com Lit/Musicology 191: Beaumarchais’ Figaro Plays: Opera and Literature, Spring 2015
  • Com Lit 2CW: “Literature from the Age of the Enlightenment to the 20th Century, Spring 2013
  • Spanish 290: “Rubén Darío,” Spring 2013
  • Com Lit 1A: “Literature from Antiquity to the Middle Ages,” Winter 2013
  • Com Lit 1B:  “Late Medieval – Seventeenth Century Literature,” Fall 2012

 

CONFERENCES:

I participate in local, national, and international conferences to advance the fields of comparative literature, sound studies, musicology, ethnomusicology, and Central American cultural studies. I  also offer public lectures to communities of Central American heritage in California.

  • May 2018:  “The Aural Imaginaries and Audile Techniques in Rubén Darío’s Chronicles: La caravana pasa and Viaje a Nicaragua.” Latin American Studies Association XXXVI International Congress. Centro de Convenciones Internacional de Barcelona, Spain.
  • March 2018: “Translating and Scaling (Nicaraguan) Weltliteratur: Sergio Ramírez’s Clave de Sol and Werner Mackenbach’s Tropischer Walzer.Delay and Immediacy: Translation Temporalities. American Comparative Literature Association. UCLA.
  • October 2017: “A​ escuchar: ​Oralidad, Auralidad, y Ortografía en Hombres de maíz por Miguel Angel Asturias / Listening ​In: Orality, ​Aurality, ​and Orthography in Hombres de Maíz.” Consulate General of Guatemala in Los Angeles.
  • July 2017: “El oyente y la materialidad sónica y textual: la poesía de Rubén Darío y las canciones de Luis A. Delgadillo. VI Congreso Centroamericano de Estudios Culturales, Instituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamérica.
  • July 2017:Sounding the Hemisphere: Configurations of Music, Literature, and Power Relations in the Americas” Seminar Panel. American Comparative Literature Association, Utrecht University, Netherlands.
  • April 2016: “The Ephemerality Dilemma: The Soundscape in Rubén Darío’s Poetics” – “Ourobouros Effect” Graduate Student Conference, UC Berkeley Department of Comparative Literature
  • May 2014: “Traditional Music and the Concert Hall” – Music from the Inca Trails and South America Symposium, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature and Department of Musicology
  • May 2013: “Negotiating the Narrator within the Teacher: Dialoguing in Discussion.” Seventh Annual Comparative Pedagogies Symposium, UCLA Department of Comparative Literature
  • Oct. 2012: “Urban Consciousness under Folkloric Veneer in Guillén’s and Revueltas’ ‘Sensemayá’”.  “Urban/Jungles” Graduate Student Conference, Stanford University Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
  • April 2012: Nightwood by Djuna Barnes: Exposing the Myth Behind Gender”. “Piecing Together Cultural Identity: Negotiation, Creation, and Myth” Graduate Student Conference, University of New Mexico Cultural Studies Department

ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION & ADVOCACY

From 2015-16, I worked on the Humanists@Work Graduate Student Advisory committee, a research initiative at the University of California Humanities Research Institute on professional development for humanities graduate students in the form of blogs and UC-wide graduate student workshops. Our research and advocacy work touched on areas such as academic employment and labor issues, student debt, relationships with academic mentors, and career options within and beyond  academia. For the Spring 2016 Graduate Student Workshop in Los Angeles, I co-organized and spoke on “Candid Conversations,” a  multi-media, experimental dialogue between Faculty and Graduate Students about career preparation and the future of graduate education. I also wrote a blog about the difficult financial barriers women face.

Since September 2015, I have worked at the UCLA Scholarship Resource Center where I provide individual counseling and scholarship application writing services to undergraduate students. I mentor students in the scholarship search and application process, as well as partake in the program development and administration of UCLA and off-campus scholarships.