MemberTR Rutledge

…Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin

M.A. in Literature

Texas State University                    May 2017

Thesis: “A Place of One’s Own: Space, Trauma, and Sexuality in Mrs. Dalloway.”

B.A. in English with Honors

The University of Texas at Austin   Dec. 2014…

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin. My research interests are space and place, trauma and memory, narrative form, style, in British and Brazilian modern literature. I have co-authored an essay with Robert T. Tally Jr. on Joseph Conrad’s “An Outpost of Progress.”

MemberKaren Grumberg

…PhD in Comparative Literature, UCLA, 2004

MA in Comparative Literature, UCLA, 1999

BA in History and English, University of Texas at Austin, 1997…

Karen Grumberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also serves as Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She is the author of Space and Place in Contemporary Hebrew Literature (Syracuse UP, 2011). Her second book, Hebrew Gothic: History and the Poetics of Persecution, is currently under review.

MemberRoy Christopher

…PhD, Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin

MA, Communication Studies, San Diego State University

BS, Social Science, Troy University Dothan…

I marshal the middle between Mathers and McLuhan. I’m an aging BMX and skateboarding zine kid. That’s where I learned to turn events and interviews into pages with staples. I have since written about music, media, and culture for over three decades for everything from magazines and blogs to journals and books. I hold a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Loyola University Chicago. As a child, I solved the Rubik’s Cube competitively.

MemberEric Detweiler

…PhD in Rhetoric and Writing: The University of Texas at Austin, 2016

MA in English: University of Louisville, 2009

BA in English: Belmont University, 2007…

I’m Eric Detweiler, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric & Composition in Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of English. I recently earned a PhD in English with a specialization in rhetoric and writing from The University of Texas at Austin. My primary research project focuses on the intersections of rhetoric and writing pedagogy, classical and contemporary rhetorical theory, and rhetorical ethics. In addition, I teach and study digital rhetoric and multimodal composition, especially as they relate to sound studies and sonic rhetorics.

MemberJennifer Tate

…PhD, Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

MA, Architectural History, The University of Texas at Austin

MA, Government, Georgetown University

MA, International Policy Studies, Stanford University

BA, Political Science, Southwestern University…

Jennifer Tate holds a PhD in Architecture in the field of architectural history from the University of Texas at Austin. Relying upon an interdisciplinary approach influenced by her previous academic and professional experience in political science and international relations, she explores ways in which systems of power and politics traverse the built environment. Jennifer’s current research focuses on the intersection of twentieth century American modern architecture and modern housing, issues of race, class, and housing, and New Deal to post-WWII era politics. She is also active in the Society of Architectural Historians, currently serving as co-chair to the IDEAS Committee and previously serving as the Graduate Student Representative Board Member to the organization. 

MemberIgnacio Carvajal Regidor

…PhD. Latin American Literatures and Cultures, University of Texas at Austin (Spring 2019)
B.A. Spanish & Latin American Studies, University of Kansas…

I am a PhD Candidate at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin.   I am interested in Literary and Cultural Studies, Critical Indigenous Studies, and Indigenous Languages. My research focuses on indigenous writing, coloniality, and Mesoamerican literature and civilization. As Indigenous Languages GRA at LLILAS Benson, I have developed Chqeta’maj le qach’ab’al K’iche’! (Let’s learn K’iche’!) The first open resource online course of Maya K’iche’, available at

MemberMaria Jose Afanador-Llach

Maria José Afanador Llach is an assistant professor in digital humanities at the School of Arts and Humanities, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin. Maria José studies the 18th century and the transition between colony and republic in northern South America through the lens of spatial practices, geographic imagination, and political economy. She also investigates the construction of collaborative communities in digital humanities projects, the creation of digital cartographic narratives, and the construction of spatial data sets for research in history. She is editor of The Programming Historian en español.

MemberMariana Sabino-Salazar

…the University Of Texas At Austin…

Mariana Sabino-Salazar researches Iberian and Latin American Romani literature and the Gypsy stereotype in literature, cinema, and media. She draws from subaltern history, decolonial and critical race theory, literary analysis, and gender studies.    Sabino’s dissertation focuses on the literary femme fatale archetype found in Mexican and Brazilian cinema from 1950 to 1980. She analyzes the genealogy of Gypsy images and narratives with a focus on race, gender, and nationalism. She works with a corpus of more than forty films with Gypsy characters that range from ranchero musical comedies to pornography. Sabino’s dissertation is developed in mixed-methods of semi-structured interviews, historical archival work in Brazil and Mexico, and the close reading of plays, novels, and films. Her project has received generous support from the Fulbright Commission, the United States Department of Education, the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT), and the Graduate School of The University of Texas at Austin.