Beth is a Ph.D. candidate in the Hispanic Literatures program. She received her B.A.s in World Languages and Cultures and Psychology from Mercyhurst University in 2010, completing her M.A. in Hispanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2013. Her research centers on the relationship between artistic form and devotional practice in New Spain. In particular, she is interested in the ways New Spanish believers used their bodies and sensory experiences to interpret interactions with three-dimensional art objects. The working title of her dissertation is "New Spanish Approximations to Artistic Form in the Cults of la Virgen de Remedios, Nuestra Señora de Ocotlán, and San Miguel Arcángel, 1680-1780.” Current research projects include imaginings of the Hispanic World in 19th century Italian opera, along with the relationship between religion, art, and modern technology.
Doctoral Student, Hispanic Literatures