I am Associate Professor of Global Literature at Western Carolina University, a Fulbright Scholar, and 2018 winner of the Sturgis Leavitt Award from the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies. After completing my PhD in Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, I was hired as an Assistant Professor of Spanish by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of North Dakota in Fall 2009. I joined the faculty at WCU in 2014.
Co-authored with Rita M. Palacios and published by the University of Arizona Press in 2019, my most recent book, Unwriting Maya Literature, looks at contemporary Maya literary production in México and Guatemala through the Maya category ts’íib, a term that is frequently understood as “writing” that is actually a far more expansive, multimodal framework for cultural production.
Also published the University of Arizona Press in the fall of 2013, my book Telling and Being Told: Storytelling and Cultural Control in Contemporary Mexican and Yukatek Maya Literatures examines representations of Maya storytellers and storytelling in Yucatec Maya literatures. More broadly, my academic specialization is in contemporary Latin American literatures and cultures, with my research interests being Indigenous rights movements in the Americas, Subaltern Studies, and Digital Humanities.
I have several ongoing projects, not the least of which is a trilingual oral history project that I have designed with the Yukatek Maya storyteller Mariano Bonilla Caamal, Tsikbal ich Maya (Speaking Maya). My recently published articles have appeared in The Latin Americanist, Romance Notes, and A contracorriente.
Up top you can find information about the courses that I am teaching and have taught here at WCU, as well as links to my current CV.