Nathan became a dedicated student of Catalan and Spanish culture after finding home in Barcelona, over 4500 miles from where he grew up in central Illinois. After earning a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and Educational Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2015, he came straight to Indiana University, where he completed his M.A. in Hispanic Literatures in 2017 and is currently a second-year Ph.D. student. Outside of contemporary Iberian cultures, his research interests include Deleuzian philosophy; Ettingerian, Freudian, and Lacanian psychoanalysis; and memory, testimony, and trauma studies. His proposed dissertation combines these diverse fields as a means to investigate the ways in which memories are appropriated by state apparatuses in order to both consolidate and disrupt political consensus. Nathan is also a published Catalan-English translator, and his full-length manuscript of pro athlete Kilian Jornet's Summits of My Life is set to go to press in the fall of 2018.
Doctoral Student, Hispanic Literatures