My doctoral dissertation deals with historiographical depictions of the encounter between Christianity and Islam in late medieval Portugal (late thirteenth-fifteenth centuries). Approaching medieval chronicles and genealogies as literary representations and active social practices, I examine how the portrayals of the war against Islam not only served for the political legitimization of royalty and aristocracy, but also provided them with a raison d’être, a social usefulness. I am particularly interested in how culture – in this case, historiography – can be used as an ideological tool to justify, reinforce, reproduce, or transform an existing social order.
Research Interests —Early modern literature and visual/material culture, with a focus on the transatlantic Iberian world —Mestizaje (various forms, functions, products, and practices of sociocultural mixing) —Rebellion and resistance in Andalucía and the Andes, particularly among minoritized indigenous communities —The figure of the Virgin Mary in conquest, conversion, and colonization —Hispanic classical theater (comedia), including its translation and performance —Diasporas and diasporic cultures of Sephardic and Morisco communities, in the Mediterranean and beyond —Romance-language texts written in Arabic and Hebrew scripts (aljamía), and their contexts and transmission Current Employment Lecturer | UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese —Teach all levels of Spanish language, including conversation and composition, while appropriately incorporating Peninsular and Latin American literatures, histories, arts, and cultures into our communicative, hybrid curriculum Research Assistant | Getty Research Institute —Support visiting scholars in the development of their projects by conducting research in Special Collections, compiling bibliographies and literature reviews, assisting with editing and translation, and/or other tasks as needed Research Associate | Dr. Roger L. Martínez-Dávila —Conduct research and co-author reports with Dr. Martínez-Dávila (Associate Professor of History, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs) on Sephardic family lineages for clients of Carbray International Law Firm (Spain)
My dissertation, Among Aliens Abroad, uncovers the techniques used by the Spanish Empire to translate the indigenous languages and cultures of the New World. It reveals how Spanish colonization depended on erasing and selectively rewriting native languages. My research is supported by the 2019-2020 CLIR/Library of Congress Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities in Original Sources, the 2019 Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Fellowship, and the 2020-2021 University Graduate Continuing Fellowship from the University of Texas. I draw upon digital resources such as Voyant, Palladio, and Python, as well as physical and digital collections in the Americas and Spain, including John Carter Brown Library, the LLILAS Benson Library, the Harry Ransom Center, the Huntington Library, the National Library of Spain, and the Library of Congress, each of which has important collections containing New World indigenous grammars, dictionaries, travel accounts, translated catechisms, and “histories.”
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
My main areas of research are the history of Spanish and Catalan languages from a political, cultural, and ideological point of view. I focus on how language relates to issues such as identity, nation, and power in the past and in the present, especially in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. I am interested in how cultural and intellectual history has had an influence on language ideology. Moreover, because of my political, cultural, and ideological approach to the history of language, I have also analyzed literary texts and have published on Medieval and Early Modern Catalan and Spanish Literature. My first book, Literatura o imperio: la construcción de las lenguas castellana y catalana en la España renacentista was published by Juan de la Cuesta—Hispanic Monographs in 2008. My second book, The Making of Catalan Linguistic Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Times, Palgrave Macmillan, will be published in February 2018: https://www.palgrave.com/la/book/9783319720791 I have also published in several journals including La Corónica, Neophilologus, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Hispanic Research Journal, Hispanófila, Romanistisches Jahrbuch, Calíope, eHumanista and Crítica Hispánica.
Transcultural humanities, cultural theory, comparative literary and cultural studies, post- and trans-colonial theory, post-secularism, world literature; transcultural writing, Portuguese & Lusophone studies, Mediterranean studies
Eco-criticism, Animal Studies, Human/Non-human relations, Spanish Cultural Studies, Portuguese Cultural Studies, Post-humanism, Feminist Ethics, Iberian Rural Anthropology, 20th Century Spanish Literature, Galician Literature, 21th Century Spanish Literature, Spanish film, Portuguese Film, Latin American Literature, Education and literature
His research activity encompasses areas within Historical Linguistics (including the publication of a two-volume Historical Grammar of Galician, 1995-97), and Textual Criticism, specifically in relation to medieval Galician-Portuguese troubadour poetry texts. He is currently working on the project Cantigas d’Amigo: An online critical edition.