Meet our Students

Charles George Allen


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

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

Samari Batres

M.A. Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Irvine, 2015
B.A. Spanish and Religious Studies, University of Redlands, 2013

Area of Research: Irony and politics in 20th century Latin American poetry and contemporary Central American poetry.

Analaura Brophy

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

Area of Research: Golden Age

Araceli Calderon


M.A. California State University Fullerton

My dissertation “Motherhood in Movement: Artistic Depictions the Mexican Revolution” is an interdisciplinary project that investigates the representation of various ideologies of motherhood in artistic depictions (film, photography, postcards) of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). Within the nationalist ideology, motherhood has a symbolic, practical, and psychosocial potency. I pose that motherhood in movement is the intersectionality of changing signifiers of motherhood, the spaces it occupied, and its constant fluidity. In order to survive political and geographical hardships, maternal practices were negotiated against the hegemonic rhetoric of motherhood. By analyzing multiple and even contradictory depictions of motherhood that are in tension with the hegemonic rhetoric, I hope contribute to a deeper understanding of maternity—national, transnational, and generational—during the Mexican Revolution.


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.

Lucia Cash


M.A. Religious Studies with a graduate certificate in Social Transformation, Arizona State University, 2015
B.A. in Communication Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 2012

Research Interests: Southern Cone literature, Latin American colonial literature; Ecocriticism; World-ecology; Temporal politics; Embodiment; Critical Theory

Alejandra Castellanos

B.A. in Spanish, an English-Spanish translating certificate, and a minor in Chicano Studies, Cal State University, Channel Islands.
M.A. in Spanish Literature, University of California, Irvine (Spanish Literature)

My research interest is the deconstruction of the narrative of masculinity in contemporary Latin American literature. In addition, I would like to hold literary workshops for immigrants with a focus on the exchange of ideas and experiences of masculinities.

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

Area of research:  Jewish Spanish and Latin American Literature.

Diego Fernandez

B.A. Spanish, University of Redlands

M.A., Spanish and Portuguese
University of California, Irvine

Areas of research: Research:  19th and 20th-century Latin American poetry; critical theory; film and media studies; gender studies; poetry translation
Pedagogy: Second language acquisition; task-based instruction; heritage language learners; composition; pedagogical training; curriculum design

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.

Linda Gruen

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

M.A. Spanish, U.C. Irvine
Area of research: Latin American travel writing

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

Marlyn Maldonado


B.A. University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.
M.A. San Diego State University

My research interests are Hispanic Caribbean (Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican) studies and Latin American Literature. My primary research areas are: Contemporary Puerto Rican cultural productions such as literature and visual arts; biopolitics and sovereignty; Trujillo dictatorship and Contemporary Dominican Literature; Cuban films.

Gilberto Nunez

Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature at California State University, Fresno.

Area of research: My academic interests include masculinity from the 20th century to the present in Mexico and Colombia; Narcoliterature with a particular focus on the novel of sicariato.

Leopoldo Peña


Leopoldo Peña is a Mexican immigrant. Received a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from Cal State University of Long Beach.

Interest: Latin American photography, indigenismo, indigenous literature, immigrant narratives, popular culture.

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

Mell Rivera

B.A. Comparative Literature, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
Research Interests:  Contemporary Caribbean Literature, Feminist Theory, Affect Theory, Postcolonial Studies

Ann Rosen

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

Area of interest: Spanish literature and culture; film.

Jeanie Toscando

B.A. University of Portland (Social Work, German, Spanish)
M.A. University of California, Irvine (Spanish Literature)

Areas of interest: Latin American Literature, 20th and 21st Mexican literature. Particular interest in Gender, Power and Violence.

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.