MemberLauren Gaskill

Lauren Gaskill is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish language, literature and visual culture in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fairfield University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in Spanish with an emphasis in Visual Studies. While completing her dissertation on photography in Latin American literature, Gaskill began a film and photography practice and has experienced firsthand the value of creative engagement with texts to complement traditional classroom skills such as close textual analysis.

MemberYoungkyun Choi

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. Before starting my Ph.D. program, I earned my MA from the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the Seoul National University, where I published translations and articles about the pioneer of Latin American Marxism José Carlos Mariátegui. My article, titled “Che Guevara in the Andes, the Only Book in His Hand: José Carlos Mariátegui’s Seven Essays of Interpretation of Peruvian Reality“, was published in 2018 as a part of the book project Latin American Classics Review (라틴아메리카 명저 산책 ) in Korea. My current dissertation project, tentatively titled “Universality from the Global South: Transpacific Journeys of Marxism between East Asia and Latin America in the 20th Century” (advisor: Gavin Arnall), focuses on the impact of Chinese Maoism on Latin America and the influence of Latin American Dependency Theory in South Korea in the 1980s. In order to build a bridge between East Asian and Latin American Studies, I have presented my research in international conferences such as the Latin American Studies Association Congress as a member of the Asia-Latin America Section since 2018. Also, I am working in the organizing committee of NextGen Korean Studies International Conference since 2018 as a graduate fellow of Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan. My teaching experience includes all levels of Spanish language courses as well as literature and cinema courses for upper-level undergraduate students. My dissertation project has been awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship in 2018 (University of Michigan), the Rackham Humanities Fellowship in 2020 (University of Michigan), and AKS Fellowship for Korean Studies in 2020 (The Academy of Korean Studies).