I earned my Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in 2021. Before coming to the United States, I worked as an editor and a writer in Mexico City, where I earned my Master’s degree in Mexican Literature. I emigrated from Mexico City to Bloomington, Indiana, with my two young daughters. Indiana University became our second home. The camaraderie and rigor of professors and peers fostered a rich atmosphere to grow as a scholar and to have a balanced family life. We soon left our foreignness to become very happy Hoosiers.
During my time at IU, my research received funding from the College of Arts and Humanities Institute and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center. I was a 2019-2020 Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellow and received the Tinker Field Research Grant. I served as an editor of the bilingual magazine Hiedra and as a peer-reviewer for Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures. I also organized two live-streamed international events: “The Politics of Violence” in 2014 and “It Was the State: The Forced Disappearances at Ayotzinapa and U.S. Support for the Narco States” in 2015.
After graduating, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the College of Arts and Sciences, and Indiana University nominated me for the ACLS Emerging Voices fellowship, which I was awarded. As an Emerging Voices Fellow at Yale University, I worked under the mentorship of Kathryn Lofton, the Lex Hixon Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies, Professor of History and Divinity, and Dean of the Humanities Division for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Creating new contacts at Yale University has been invaluable. The ability to dedicate time to my manuscript Writing Antagonism: Exploring the Fissures of Hegemony in Mexico 1994-2020 has also been tremendously productive.
During this time, I have prepared a book proposal and submitted it to a University Press. I have written a scholarly article on Pedro Angel Palou for the edited volume, La biblioteca perpetua; Lecturas críticas de Pedro A. Palou, spearheaded by Héctor Jaime (A Contracorriente, 2022) and four book reviews. Two for the prestigious magazine Letras Libres: “Yo es otra” (Cascarón roto, Tedi López Mills) and “No te someterás” (We are not born submissive, Manon Garcia). Two more for the podcast Hablemos Escritoras: “El cuerpo como obra Negra” (In Vitro, Isabel Zapata) and “Yo, mi nombre” (El libro de Aisha, Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny).
I have had two public presentations: a paper presented at PAMLA (November 2021) and a talk at the Mexican Studies Research Collective, a virtual academic group of scholars dedicated to Mexican Studies (April 21, 2022).
It has been gratifying to navigate these challenging times. I am deeply grateful to professors Patrick Dove, Deborah Cohn, Edgar Illas, Alejandro Mejías-López, Kathleen Myers, and Dean Padraic Kenney for their consistent support. I hope my work mirrors theirs. I am thrilled and determined to continue growing as a scholar, with the goal of making the humanities as meaningful for others as they have been for me.