Meet our Students

Charles George Allen

M.A. Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Irvine, 2015
B.A. in Spanish and History, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, 2011

Research interests: Latin American film, populism, Peron, and soccer; "New Latin American Cinema"; "Cinema Novo"; “Golden Age” Mexican Cinema; Spatial and temporal representation in contemporary Southern Cone film (ex: Guzmán, Martel, Trapero, Alonso, Caetano) in relation to the themes of memory, neoliberalism, and labor in post-dictatorship Latin America; Neorealism, Bazin, and Deleuze; New Materialisms; Psychoanalysis

Roberto Ayala

M.A. Spanish, University of California, Irvine
B.A. Spanish and Latin American Studies, California State University, Fullerton

Areas of Research: 20th Century Latin American Theater and Narrative

Analaura Brophy

M.A. Spanish, University of California, Irvine
B.A. Spanish, University of California, Irvine

Area of Research: Golden Age

Will Carr

M.A., Hispanic Literatures, Brigham Young University
B.A., Spanish Translation, Brigham Young University

Areas of Research: Humor and irony in 20th-21st century Spain, especially in the novel post-Franco; Translation Studies, especially translator subjectivity, self-translation, and translator/interpreter ethics. Secondary areas include Golden Age (la comedia and el Quijote) and Colonial narrative.

David Contreras

M.A. Latin American Literature, San Diego State University
B.A. Spanish, University of California, San Diego

Areas of Research: 19th- Contemporary Latin American Literature,
specifically, Mexican narratives. My scholastic interest includes the
Poetic functions of the Ghost, Subalternity, Narco-texts, Peasant/Rebel
Subjectivity, Science Fiction and experimental short film and documentary.

Manuel Del Alto

Del AltoDegrees:
M.A. Latin American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. English, University of California, Irvine

Karem Delgado

Spanish M.A. at UCR
Spanish B.A. at UCLA

Interested in la Novela Moderna del Boom

Diego Fernandez

B.A. Spanish, University of Redlands

David Fuchs


David obtained his B.A. in Spanish and French (double major) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as student of the year in the Spanish and Portuguese Department in 2015. Native of Belgium, David speaks 7 languages and his interests are focused in translation and culture, through language, literature, and religion. His doctoral thesis encompasses the representation of Judaism in Spanish and potentially French literature as well as the compromised conversion of Jews to Christianity.

Christina Garcia

M.A., Humanities and Social Thought, New York University
B.A., Art History and English, Florida International University

Area of Research: Contemporary Caribbean texts and images, aesthetics and ethics, non-identitarian communities, literary hospitalities, politics of friendship, animal studies, critical theory and visual studies.

Kevin Garcia-Cruz

M.A. Spanish, University of California, Irvine
B.A. Spanish, University of California, Riverside

Areas of Research: 20th Century and Contemporary Latin American Literature.

Linda Gruen

M.A. Bennington College - Teaching Second Language
B.A. U.C. Berkeley-Latin American Studies and Geography

Additional Education: Teaching credential  Cal State U. East Bay

Research Interests: Early California newspapers in Spanish

Fernando Hernandez

B.A. Spanish, Whittier College

Areas of Research: 20th Century US and Latin American Poetry and Poetics, Critical
Theory, Translation Theory and Practice.

Victoria Lau

M.A. Spanish, University of California, Irvine
B.A. Spanish & Political Science, Loyola Marymount University

Area of Research: 20th century Latin American Literature

Patricia Quintana


Areas of Interest: Relación de la literatura con la tecnología y las artes, especialmente el cine. Literatura lúdico-fantástica Rioplatense. Periodismo narrativo latinoamericano

Ann Rosen

B.A. Spanish and History, University of California, Irvine

Area of interest: Spanish literature and culture; film.

Lauren Shigeko Gaskill

Shigeko GaskillDegrees:
B.A. Spanish, Georgetown University

Areas of Research: 20th Century Latin American literature, multi-media and visual representation, ethnographic field work, immigration and borderlands, politically and socialy critical literature, Mexico

Martin Valle

M.A. Spanish, University of California, Irvine
B.A. Modern Languages and Liberal Studies, St. Mary's College of California

Areas of Research: Latin American 19th and 20th Century narrative. Critical theory,
The representation of the Asian in Latin American literature and art.

Carlos Vargas-Lara

B.A. Spanish Language and Literature, California State University, San Bernardino
M.A. Hispanic Literature, Linguistics and Civilization, California State University, San Bernardino

Areas of Research: Global political behavior; Modern and Contemporary Latin America; Central American Federalism; the study and depiction of urban space in literature and film; violence in general and postwar social phenomena in particular; technology transfer as a resource to social and educational development.

William Alexander Yankes


B.S. Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
M.A. Professional Writing Program, University of Southern California
M.A. Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Areas of Research: Latin American dictatorships in literature and film. Planned doctoral dissertation on selections from the works by Fernando Alegría. The particular issue of individual sovereignty --as citizen or exile-- will be explored.

Emily Younger (Jackson)

Younger (Jackson)Degrees:
B.A., Spanish, California State University Fullerton
Certificate, Arabic, California State University, San Bernardino

J.D., summa cum laude, Oak Brook College of Law

Areas of Interest: linguistics, immigrant narratives, classical archetypes and twentieth-
century Christian existentialism