MemberJon Jaramillo

Jon Jaramillo is a native of California, but his father is from Guaranda, Ecuador and his mother is from Iowa. Jaramillo is a PhD candidate in Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. He expects to complete his dissertation and complete the oral defense towards the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022. Jon Jaramillo seeks to balance his research/academic pursuits with his creative endeavors and political activism. Jaramillo studies queer articulations of Latino American identity, within the coloniality of power, gender, and sexuality, to theorize a transformative enlightenment of human consciousness as it struggles to create meaning, identity, kinship, and community. While challenging left and right politics, he examines how the queer becomes the site of utopian resistance of biopolitical control.

MemberCristina Gil

Cristina Gil holds a PhD in Culture Studies from her research on Deaftopias, a neologism coined through her interdisciplinary research in Culture Studies, Utopian Studies and Deaf Studies.   She was awarded a full-scholarship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) (2016-2020) and became a member of the Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC) at the School of Human Sciences at the Catholic University of Portugal/Universidade Católica Portuguesa under the research line of Cognition and Translatability.    In 2014, she was awarded an Advanced Studies Diploma in Languages, Literature and Cultures, specializing in Cultural Studies, by the New University of Lisbon and she is a certified instructor since 2013, a certification awarded by University of Minho due to relevant work and curriculum.    Cristina holds a Masters from the University of Barcelona in Deaf Communities, Education and Signed Languages (2008-2010) and got her Bachelors in Portuguese Sign Language Interpretation (2002-2007) and worked for thirteen years in both national and international contexts as a Portuguese Sign Language Interpreter.   Cristina Gil has been a member of the academic staff in several Universities and Schools for Higher Education and is currently lecturing on subjects related to Deaf Studies and Sign Language Interpreter training. She has written and lectured about Deaf Studies (Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Studies, Deaf Identities, Deaf History, and Deaf Cultures). She worked as a Sign Language interpreter for 13 years, both nationally and internationally in several settings such as community, education, arts, universities with both Deafblind and Deaf people.   Feel free to contact by email at

MemberCatherine Marie Jaffe

Catherine M. Jaffe is Professor of Spanish at Texas State University, where she  also teaches in the Honors College Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. She is on the MLA Forum 18th-19thC Spanish and Iberian LLC Executive Committee (2017-2022) and serves on the editorial boards of Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment and Oxford University Studies in the Enlightnement. Catherine Jaffe’s research interests in modern Spanish and comparative literature focus on women writers and theories of gender and reading in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Spain. Her publications include studies of quixotism, gender and translation, and feminism in the Hispanic Enlightenment.

MemberPedro S. Pereira

Portuguese Literature and Culture; Brazilian Literature and Culture; Lusophone African Literatures and Cultures; Comparative Literature; Comparative Luso-Hispanic Literatures; Portuguese Orientalism; Literary Theory; Jacques Derrida; Philosophy and Literature; History of Portuguese Expansion; Postcolonialism; Portuguese Black Atlantic; Discourses of exceptionalism; Eça de Queirós; Machado de Assis

MemberIsaías Albertin de Moraes

PhD in Social Sciences – São Paulo State University (UNESP, Portuguese: Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” – 2020) with a mobility period in the Cooperative, Social and Solidarity Economy Sector at University of the Republic (UdelaR/Uruguay – 2019) with the support of the Academic Committee of Cooperative and Associative Processes from the Montevideo Group Association of Universities (PROCOAS-AUGM, Spanish: Comité Académico Procesos Cooperativos y Asociativos de la Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo). Master in Political Science – University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ-UCAM, Portuguese: Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro da Universidade Candido Mendes – 2014).  Specialist in International Relations – University of Brasilia (UnB, Portuguese: Universidade de Brasília – 2008). Bachelor in Economic Sciences – University of South Santa Catarina (Unisul, Portuguese: Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina – 2014). Technologist in International Trade (Unisul – 2010).  Bachelor in Social Communication – Mackenzie Presbyterian University (Mackenzie, Portuguese: Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie – 2004). Qualification in Latin American Economies – The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/UN – Santiago do Chile. Spanish: Comission Económica para América Latina y el Caribe – CEPAL/ONU – 2017). Complementary education and professional training: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE); University of the Republic (UdelaR/Uruguay); University of Campinas (Unicamp), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), etc.   I worked as a temporary civil servant in the Ministry of Social Security – Brazil (2007-2008) in an international technical cooperation project financed by the World Bank for Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP, Portuguese: Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa – 2007/2008). I collaborated as a researcher at the Center for the Study of the Americas (CEAs, Portuguese: Centro de Estudos das Américas) and at the Social Movements and Media Laboratory (LMSM, Portuguese: Laboratório Movimentos Sociais e Mídia) – IUPERJ-UCAM – 2012/2015. Since 2015 I am a member of the Network of Peace, Conflict and Critical Security Studies (PCECS, Portuguese: Rede de Pesquisa em Paz, Conflitos e Estudos Críticos de Segurança). Since 2017, I’m working as an associate researcher at the Center for Extension and Research in Solidarity, Creative Economics and Citizenship (NEPESC, Portuguese: Núcleo de Extensão e Pesquisa em Economia Solidária, Criativa e Cidadania – Unesp). In 2019, I won the Samuels Young Scholars Program from the History of Economics Society (HES). I have experience in Development Economics; Economic History; International migration, Development and Global Governance; International Cooperation and Integration; and State, Society and Social Participation.