MemberAlexandra Méndez

Alexandra Méndez is a third-year Ph.D. student in Latin American & Iberian Cultures and the Institute for Comparative Literature & Society at Columbia University. She studies narrative and the circulation of information in sixteenth-century Iberian worlds. She is interested in the intersections of visual, literary, and material cultures. Before beginning the Ph.D., she spent 2013-2014 on a Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellowship in Sevilla, Spain carrying out research and creative writing. She is currently a Graduate Fellow with the cultural review Public Books ( She holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University.

MemberRosa Tapia

Professor of Spanish, Director of Advising, and Co-Director of the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival at Lawrence University. Publications include the book Catalan Writers on the Border, a special volume of the Revista Internacional D’Humanitats dedicated to Latin American cinema, and several articles and book chapters on Spanish and Latin American literature and film. Higher education Co-Chair of the national Development Committee for the College Board’s AP Spanish Language and Culture Exam.