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    Hi, As I am on the ballot for the Forum Executive Committee, I was invited to introduce myself here in the Commons.

    I work on representations of reality in contemporary Latin American cultural production, in particular in Mexican theatre and drama, though I write about South American theatre, including Brazilian, as well.

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I joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in 2014 as Assistant Professor of 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American Literature. I hold a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley (2013).

My current research focuses on the representation of the real in contemporary Latin America. My publications on this topic have appeared in Theatre Journal, TransModernityLatin American Theatre ReviewThe Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy and Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea. My current book project (under contract with the University of Pittsburgh Press) is a study of how the stage has become a space for constructing alternative personal and collective histories in post-traumatic national situations, specifically in the works of Mexican theatre collective Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol.

Other research interests include the digital humanities, especially for linking research and teaching; contemporary Mexican literature by women authors; and literary representations of the Mexican borders. I am motivated and encouraged by artistic expressions that provoke, contest, and offer alternatives to an often defeatist status quo.


PhD University of California, Berkeley 2013

MA University of Kansas 2008

BA University of Tulsa 2005



Manuscripts in Preparation

2017   A Shared Truth: The Theatre of Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol. Book manuscript. Under contract to University of Pittsburgh Press.

Manuscripts in Submission

2017   “The Forgotten Frontier: Body commodification along Mexico’s southern border in Nadia Villafuerte’s short fiction.” Under review.

Refereed Journal Articles

2017   “Making Reality Sensible:  The Mexican Documentary Theatre Tradition, 1968-2013.” Theatre Journalvol. 69 no. 2, 2017, pp. 197-211. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/tj.2017.0024

2017   “Affective Suffrage: Social Media, Street Protests, and Theatre as Alternative Spaces for Political Self-Representation in the 2012 Mexican Presidential Elections.” TransModernity, vol. 7, no. 2, 2017, pp. 97-118.

2014   “Staging Postmemory: Self-representation and Parental Biographying in Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol’s El rumor del incendio.” Latin American Theatre Review, vol. 47, no. 2, 2014, pp. 25-44.

2012   “Ficciones de temporada: La nueva novela de la Revolución Mexicana.” Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, vol. 52, 2012, pp. 23-34.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2017   “Beside Motherhood: Staging Women’s Lives in Latin American Theatre of the Real” in The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Pop Culture in Latin America. Frederick Aldama, ed., forthcoming.

2013   “Los límites del yo: Representar la familia” in Teatro con genes resurrectos. Jorge Luis Yangali Vargas, ed. Bilbao: Artezblai, 2013. pp. 51-92.

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