About me

I teach a variety of courses, with a special focus on the literature and film of Latin America. My research interests include the cultural and political production of the Criollos (a socio-racial stratum that originated during colonial times) in the Americas, the Afro-Hispanic’s experience, the Indigenous narratives of the Andean region, and the deconstruction of the historical discourse through the new historical novels and popular performances.

I enjoy watching classic movies, listening to radio stations from different countries and I love comedy!

As an experienced educator that has had the opportunity of teaching in institutions with varying philosophies and administrative structures, Earlham College stands out for the collegiality among faculty members, their impressive academic credentials and their dedication to the student’s intellectual and personal development. I also value the active involvement of Earlham’s faculty members in all aspects of the curriculum, policy-making and governance; an environment that is not easy to find nowadays in academic institutions. Just as important are the students who come to Earlham; their passion for learning and questioning the status quo always stimulates my daily life as a college professor and promotes my own intellectual growth and professional development.

Education

  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A., University of Maryland
  • B.D., Universite Pedagogica Nacional

Professional memberships

Research projects

In my current research project I am studying the representation and evaluation of the Colonial period in 19th century historical novels. I am also interested in the cultural and political implications of international education and programs abroad in liberal arts colleges

Published works

Published Articles
“Welcoming Alexander von Humboldt in Santa Fé de Bogotá, or the Creoles’ self-celebration in the colonial city” Atlantic Studies. Vol. 7, No 2, June 2010, 143-162.   

“Americanos y europeos o la angustia del criollo del siglo XX” Aleph. No 155. Octubre/diciembre 2010,  35-50.   

“Lugar afrocaribeño y textualizacion de un viaje personal en Tambores en la noche” Si yo fuera tambó. Poesía selecta de Candelario Obeso y Jorge Artel. Graciela Maglia Ed. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Universidad del Rosario. Bogotá, 2010

Conference Presentations
“Satan, piratas, criollos y cimarrones en la ciudad del Caribe colonial.” XI Seminario Internacional de Estudios del Caribe. Universidad de Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia. August, 2013.

Guest speaker
“The Ideal Subject and Criollo in Juan de Castellano’s Elegias de Varones Ilustres de Indias, 1588.” Departments of History and Literature, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. August, 2013.   

“Entre el ingreso a la familia nacional y el cuerpo mutilado de la historia; José Antonio Galán en dos novelas históricas del siglo XIX.” XVII Congreso de la Asociación de Colombianistas. Narrar Colombia, Colombia Narrada.  Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia. August, 2011.