AboutI was born in Mexico City and currently live in Tacoma, WA where I am an Associate Professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).
At PLU, I teach British eighteenth-century literature, critical animal studies, environmental studies, women’s and gender studies, and border literature. In Spring 2018, I co-founded the Digital Humanities Lab with my colleague, Scott Rogers. I am an advocate for undocumented students and their right to higher education and co-founded the Undocumented Students Task Force at PLU. For my research focus, see below.
EducationI received my B.A. from UNAM, a diplome in Translation Studies from El Colegio de México, and a PhD from Columbia University in eighteenth-century British literature.
Work Shared in CORE
My current book project, tentatively titled Hospitable Species: Hosts, Guests, and Strangers in the British Novel,
1720-1820, traces how eighteenth-century writers develop ideas about nation, gender, race, and class through representations of interspecies relations, specifically in narratives of hospitality. Recent and forthcoming publications have a special focus on the intersections of gender and species.
I am at work on an article-length project titled “Love Me, Love My Dog: Exotic Pets and Reciprocity in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda
.” Read an abstract
at The Workshop
(Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies, IU Bloomington).