Natalia Aguilar Vásquez
Natalia Aguilar Vásquez holds a Research Masters in Contemporary Art and World Art Studies from Leiden University, The Netherlands, and completed studies in Literature at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She joined the Ph.D. program at NYU in 2017 and is part of the 2020-2021 cohort of Urban Doctoral Fellows at the same university. Her research focuses on contemporary art and literature in Mexico and Colombia, particularly in tracing the material and affective impact of violence in the spaces and landscape of both countries. The question of how to inhabit territories marked by war, corruption, and precarity, is at the center of her investigation. Her work has been published in the critical anthology Cuerpos ilegales. Sujeto, poder y escritura en América Latina edited by Prof. Nanne Timmer and published in 2018 by Almenara Press, and in Latin American Culture and The Limits of the Human, Lucy Bollington and Paul Merchant (eds.) University of Florida Press, 2020.
Jason Ahlenius holds MAs in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and joined the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University in 2017. His dissertation explores the politics of labor and race in nineteenth-century Mexico and Central America through literature, visual studies, contract, and other media. He has received fellowships from the Social Sciences Research Council, Fulbright-Hays Program and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers to carry out archival research in Mexico, the U.S., Guatemala, Spain, and Cuba. He has also published his work on the sensational literature of the U.S.-Mexican War in Western American Literature.
Luke Michael Bowe
Luke Michael Bowe holds a BA in English with a minor in Cinema Studies from Colby College and a Masters in Sociocultural Analysis of Knowledge and Communication from the Complutense University of Madrid. His research explores rural and industrial spaces under Franco, specifically taking Asturias as a case study to analyze regionally specific events, discourses, and myths to illuminate tensions between rurality and industrialization in the broader context of Spanish nation building. Working with various materials including film, literature, graphic novels, and oral histories, his research takes a cultural studies approach to engage with the history and legacy of Francoist spatial politics. He is also interested in car culture, contemporary music, translation, cultural history, gender studies, and politics.
Alejandro Castro (Caracas, 1986), received a B.A. in Arts from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and a M.A. in Latin American Literature from Universidad Simon Bolivar. His investigation embraces contemporary studies about gender, sexuality and the formation of subjectivity from a psychoanalytic point of view as well as Queer Theroy. He is especially interested in the political subjectivity of a criminal (marginal, sexualized) child and its figuration (and disfigurement) in recent Latin American art and literature. In Venezuela, he was a university lecturer in aesthetics, literature and psychology at the Escuela de Artes of the Universidad Central de Venezuela and later he taught Literary Theory at the Escuela de Letras of the same university. He has published two books of poems: "No es por vicio ni por fornicio. Uranismo y otras parafilias", which won the 2010 prize of the Monte Avila Publishing House for unpublished authors; and "El lejano oeste", that was awarded the prize for the book of the year 2014 from the Venezuelan Bookstore Association.
Ricardo Duarte Filho
Ricardo holds a BA in Cinema Studies (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco), and an MA in Communication and Culture (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro). In his dissertation, he examines how extractivism in Brazil is historically yoked to colonial racialization processes and to the ongoing violence perpetrated against racialized communities in the face of accelerating extractivist practices. By focusing on what he tentatively calls colonial body burden, his research considers the unequal historical and geographical distribution of toxic exposure and how it materially affects and shapes racialized bodies. His work has been published in Contracampo - Brazilian Journal of Communication, Significação, and Imagofagia - Revista de la Asociación Argentina de Estudios de Cine y Audiovisual. He is the co-author of the book Inúteis, Frívolos e Distantes: À Procura dos Dândis, written with Denilson Lopes, André Antonio Barbosa, and Pedro Pinheiro Neves.
Fan Fan is a PhD candidate in Spanish & Portuguese at NYU, where she researches the cultural implications of Asia-Latin America political and economic intersections. Her dissertation examines how commodity flows between China and Brazil shape Brazilian attitudes towards race, migration, and Brazil’s place in a globalized world. Before coming to NYU, Fan was a Fulbright grantee to Brazil and a FLAS recipient at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University.
Erica holds a BA in Spanish and French (Seattle University, 2011), an MA in Culturas árabe y hebrea: pasado y presente (Universidad de Granada, 2013), and an MA in Traducción técnica (Universidad de Zaragoza, 2014). She entered the PhD program at NYU in 2015. Her research focuses on the representations of Muslims and moriscos in early modern literary and historic texts from across the Spanish Empire (from Spain to the Philippines). She is particularly interested in construction of racial categories and the ways in which religion and race collide in otherizing discourses. Her work draws on insights from literary studies, history of race, intellectual and global history, and archival theory.
José Gabriel Figueroa
Milton Laufer nación en Buenos Aires en 1979. Se licenció con Diploma de Honor en Filosofía por la Universidad de Buenos Aires con una tesis sobre el atomismo lógico en el Tractatus de Wittgenstein y cursó un Doctorado en Filosofía en la misma institución con beca del CONICET. Fue docente de Lógica y Pensamiento Científico en varias universidades, ha expuesto en numerosos congresos y fue premiado por sus investigaciones. Se graduó en 2015 en el MFA de Escritura Creativa en Español de NYU y su tesis derivó en una novela algorítima recientemente publicada. Investiga la literatura digital en latinoamérica y sus continuidades con la literatura “tradicional” y las vanguardias del siglo XX. Ha dado conferencias sobre su obra, que puede encontrarse en este sitio http://miltonlaufer.com.ar , en universidades de Argentina y USA.
Michel Nieva holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires, where he taught at the Department of Ancient Philosophy. He also worked as a researcher of the CONICET and of the Instituto de Literatura Hispanoamericana. His research interests focus on Latin American science fiction, history of science and technologies, museums and exhibitions, critical geography, Amerindian ontologies and processes of extractivism in the Southern Cone. He is author of two science fiction novels: ¿Sueñan los gauchoides con ñandúes eléctricos? (2013), and Ascenso y Apogeo del Imperio Argentino (2018).
Francisco Quinteiro Pires
Francisco Quinteiro Pires is a journalist and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University. His dissertation is entitled The Violence of Miscegenation: A Critique of the Production of Senses, Spaces, and Identities in Afro-Luso-Brazilian Cinema. His research focuses on the racialized and gendered representations of subjectivities in contemporary visual and literary cultures produced in Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa. His articles have been published in Luso-Brazilian Review and Brasiliana: Journal of Brazilian Studies.
Bárbara Pérez Curiel
Bárbara Pérez Curiel is a Ph.D. student at NYU's Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She holds a Master's degree in Modern Languages (Spanish) from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages (German) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She has worked as an editor, writer and translator for several Mexican and international online outlets, magazines and publishing houses.
Michael Aníbal Rodríguez Montás
Alejandra Rosenberg Navarro
Alejandra Rosenberg Navarro works on visual cultures and the emergence of new subjectivities within the twentieth-century Spanish- and Portuguese- speaking Atlantic. Her dissertation, Transatlantic Lenses: Gender and Amateur Film in Iberia and Latin America (1920s–1930s), examines amateur films made by women in Iberia and Latin America, specifically in Mexico, Brazil, Spain, and Portugal. Alejandra is also Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.