Mexican Cultural Studies, Mexican Studies, Theater Studies, Performance Studies, Sound Studies, Ethnomusicology, Latinx, Latin America, Human Rights, Queer Theory


My research focuses on performative acts of dissidence and resistance across contemporary Latin/x American geographies. With a particular emphasis on 21st century Mexico, my work explores how theatre and performance genres create opportunities for non-normative citizens to express socio-political critiques and reimagine definitions of belonging. My book, Sonic Strategies: Performing Mexico's War on Drugs, Mourning, and Feminicide (Vanderbilt University Press, 2023) examines performances in times of crises and particularly, the way artists engage and leverage the sonic realm as a means of expressing the realities of Mexico since 2006. My articles have appeared in Romance NotesRevista Canadiense de Estudios HispánicosRevista de Estudios Hispánicos, and Latin American Theatre Review, among others. Since 2019, I have served as the Associate Editor of Karpa: Dissident Theatricalities, Visual Arts and Cultures. I earned my Ph.D. in Contemporary Latin American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, and prior to joining Temple University, I was Assistant Professor at the University of Dayton and Visiting Assistant Professor at William & Mary.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Sonic Strategies: Performing Mexico’s War on Drugs, Mourning, and Feminicide. Vanderbilt University Press, 2023.
  • Alzate, Gastón and Christina Baker, editors. Hacia una historia integral del teatro independiente en Buenos Aires (1930-1944) by María Fukelman. Ediciones Karpa, 2022.
  • “Affective Acoustic Territories: Mapping and Performing Disappearance in Zona clausurada (2022) by Teatro Línea de Sombra.” Hispanic Review. Forthcoming Summer 2024.
  • “Performing Trans “Monstrosity” and Non-binary Bodies in Cuentos de la Tumbona (2021) by Mariano Ruiz.” The Figure of the Monster in Global Theatre, eds. Analola Santana and Michael Chemers. Routledge. Forthcoming Spring 2024.
  • “Selena Quintanilla Memorial Sites: Enacting Communitas of Belonging and Commemoration in Corpus Christi, Texas.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 49.1 (Spring 2024): 99-128.
  • “Reality TV, Poverty Porn, and the ‘Money Shot’: Performing Female Incarceration in Los caballeros las prefieren presas by Minerva Valenzuela.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos57.1 (Spring 2023): 3-28. 10.1353/rvs.2023.a901497
  • “Santiago-Orlando: Performances of Queer Vulnerability and Futurity in the Work of (Me llamo) Sebastián.” Chasqui 49.1 (Spring 2020): 202-221.
  • “Soundtrack of an (After) Life: Transfemicide, Mourning, and Pop Music in La Prietty Guomanby César Enríquez.” Latin American Theatre Review 53.2 (Spring 2020): 5-31.

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 2002: Hispanic Readings 
  • SPAN 2096: Composition
  • SPAN 2222: Salsa, Samba, Selena 
  • LAS 2514: Historical Continuity & Social Change (LASS Program Spring 2023)
  • SPAN 3096: Advanced Analysis and Writing Skills 
  • SPAN 3204: Latin America Through Film 
  • SPAN 4162: Hispanic Nobel Laureates 
  • SPAN 4240: Hispanic Popular Culture