Graduate Students

The Department currently enrolls thirty students from fifteen different countries. Over half enter the Ph.D. program with an M.A. degree. By admitting a small number of students each year, the program is able to offer intensive classroom interaction, close mentoring, and structured preparation for entering the job market.

The graduate student office is located in the Merrick Building, Room 210-24.

To contact all students via telephone dial 305.284.4002.


Nadiyah Aamer

Research Area:

20th-21st Century | Migration/Diaspora/Border Studies | Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies | Women's Voices | Iberian Studies | Latin American Studies

Degree(s):

M.A. Spanish, Georgia State University 

B.A. Spanish, Georgia State University 

B.A. Psychology, Georgia State University 

Bio:

Nadiyah Aamer is a PhD Candidate of Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Studies at the University of Miami. Her main research interests include: 20th-21st Century Latin American and Iberian Literatures, Arabs and Muslims in the Contemporary Hispanophone World, Hispanic Arabo-Muslim Women Writers, Postcolonial Women's Voices, Migrant/Diaspora/Border Literatures, and Indo-Caribbean and Islamo-Caribbean Literatures and Cultures. Her dissertation focuses on the figure of Scheherazade from the 1001 Arabian Nights as an archetypal "Odalisque" figure of Muslim women in contemporary Spanish-language Iberian literature and graphic novels.  She was awarded the Dean's Fellowship in 2019 and 2023 and was awarded the UGrow Center for the Humanities Fellowship in 2020.

Email  |  Merrick Bldg. 210-24  |  305-284-4002


Mauro Cazzolla

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Email  |  Merrick Bldg. 210-24  |  305-284-4002


Gabriel das Chagas

Research Area

Comparative Literature | Cultural Studies | Postcoloniality and decoloniality | 20th century | Global Black Studies | American Literature | Brazilian Literature | Caribbean Literature

Degree(s):

Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ - Brazil)
M.A. Comparative Literature, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ - Brazil)
B.A. Languages and Literatures - Portuguese and English, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ - Brazil) 

Bio:

Gabriel Chagas (he/him) holds a B.A. in Portuguese and English (magna cum laude) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He received his M.A. in Comparative Literature and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He is currently pursuing his second Ph.D. at the University of Miami, where he is a Portuguese Instructor and a 3rd-year Ph.D. student. His main research interests are Comparative Literature, Brazilian/Latin American Studies, African American Studies, African Diaspora/Global Black Studies, Postcoloniality, Decoloniality, and Intersectionality. His research interweaves Portuguese, Spanish, and English, offering a transnational perspective of Blackness in the Americas through the works of writers Lima Barreto from Brazil, Langston Hughes from the U.S., and Manuel Zapata Olivella from Colombia. 

Gabriel has published articles in American and Brazilian academic journals. His book Pérolas Negras na Periferia (Pontes Editores, 2023) was awarded 1st place in the Antonio Candido National Prize for Literary Studies in Brazil. Gabriel was also awarded 1st place in the 2023 postdoctoral and graduate symposium at the University of Miami. In 2023, he was a co-covener in the Center for Humanities at UM and he is now a University of Miami Fellow.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Jacob Dennis

Research Area

Cultural Studies | Black Feminisms | Indigenous Studies | Queer Studies | Decoloniality | Marxism | Critical Race and Ethnic Studies | Comparative Literature | Critical Geographies | Ecocriticism | Diaspora Studies | Critical Refugee Studies | Digital Humanities | Second Language Pedagogy | Language Policy

Degree(s):

M.A. in Romance Languages - The University of Alabama

B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature - The University of Alabama

B.S. in Mathematics - The University of Alabama

Bio:

Jacob Dennis (they/them) is a first-year PhD student of Literary, Cultural and Linguistic Studies at the University of Miami. Jacob completed their undergraduate studies in French, Mathematics and Spanish, and they hold a master’s degree in applied (French) linguistics. Jacob’s research focuses broadly on studies of the francophone and hispanic Caribbean-Americas with specific interests in anticolonial and decolonial movements, histories and thought.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Catheline Théodora Desire

Research Area

Cultural Studies | Caribbean Studies | Haitian Studies | Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies | Languages in the Caribbean | Language Policy | Sociolinguistics

Degree(s):

M.A. in Didactics of Languages, French as Foreign Language, French as Second Language:  Careers in Research, Teaching, Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, France

B.S. in Law, Université de Limoges, France

B.A. in Arts, Languages, and Literature, Université de Limoges, France

Undergraduate Coursework, International Exchange: English Literature, Global Studies, Hood College

Bio:

Catheline Desire is a first-year Ph.D. student of Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. She was born and raised in Haïti and went to college in France. She is passionate about Languages, Politics, Feminism, and Travel. Catheline has experience teaching French in France and the United States of America. Her research interests focus on the interaction between languages in the Caribbean and their perceptions in postcolonial Societies.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002 


Rim El Belkacemi

Research Area

Migration Studies | Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies | Critical Race Studies | Diaspora Studies | Media/Film/Visual Studies | Cultural Studies | Literary and Critical Theory

Degree(s):

M.A. Communication in Cultural Contexts , Moulay Ismail University, Meknes 

B.A. Cultural Studies in English, Mohammed V University, Rabat 

Bio:

Rim El Belkacemi is a PhD student of Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Studies at the University of Miami. Her main research interests include: Decolonial studies, immigrant/Diaspora studies, Middle eastern and North African Studies/Literatures, Francophone literature, Arab Literature and Urban performance. She is currently a UGrow communication fellow at the Center for the Humanities for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Diona Espinosa

Research Area

Cuban and Latin American Film Studies | Contemporary Performance Arts | Transmedia Narratives

Degree(s):

B.A Journalism, University of Havana

PGCE Humanism and Society, Alberto Hurtado University

M.A Cultural Studies and Literature University at Albany, SUNY. 

Grad Ph.D. student University of Miami

Bio:

Diona Espinosa Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. student at the University of Miami. She has been a speaker in the Latin American Studies Association Conference, the Graduate Student Cuban Studies Symposium at Harvard University, and the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies, among other symposia and academic events.  


Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Marcia Fanti Negri

Research Area:

Cultural Studies and Post-coloniality | Literary, Theater and Performing Arts | Gender & Sexuality Studies | Aesthetics

Degree(s):

Ph.D Linguistic Studies, UniversidadeFederal de São Carlos (UFSCar), São Carlos, SP, Brazil

M.A. Linguistic Studies, UniversidadeFederal de São Carlos (UFSCar), São Carlos, SP, Brazil

Bio:

Marcia Fanti Negri is a PhD candidate in Literary, Cultural and Linguistic Studies at MLL. Her research interests are in Cultural Studies and Post-coloniality; Literary, Theater and Performing Arts; Gender & Sexuality Studies; Aesthetics; Teaching (Portuguese/English/Spanish) as a Second Language and Teacher Education. She holds a PhD and MA in Linguistic Studies from Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), São Carlos, SP, Brazil. She has served as Portuguese faculty at the Middlebury College Summer Language Programs teaching a variety of language and culture courses in the Lusophone world since 2020. Marcia is very keen on artistic expressions and their educational and political value to society. In her dissertation Re-mapping Women’s Voices in Brazilian Contemporary Writing, she explores inverted migration and intersections of gender, race and social class in the Northeast Brazil through women’s voices in contemporary writing.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Eukene Franco Landa

Research Area:

Sociolinguistics | Morphosyntax | Language Sociology | Language Ideology

Degree(s):

B.A. in Basque Studies, University of the Basque Country

M.A. in Basque Linguistics and Philology, University of the Basque Country

 

Bio:

Eukene Franco-Landa (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in Literary, Cultural and Linguistic Studies at the University of Miami. She is a Basque speaker and an advocate of minority languages and cultures. Her work focuses on sociolinguistics, language variation and contact, and language ideologies. She has done research on the agreement variation in young Basque speakers and on linguistic identities and attitudes towards Basque. Her dissertation focuses on the variation of the ergative marker in Basque and the language ideologies related to speaker authenticity and legitimacy attached to that feature. More specifically, it compares these phenomena in two Basque communities: the Basque Autonomous Community (Europe) and the Basque diaspora of Boise, Idaho (United States).

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Maytte Hernandez-Lorenzo 

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Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Sam Johnson

Research Area:

Latin American Studies | Luso-Brazilian Studies | Amazonian Studies | Multispecies Justice | Decolonial Theory | Post-colonial Studies | Environmental Humanities | Human and Non-human Rights | Indigenous Studies | Latin American Film | Brazilian Film | Spanish as a Second Language | Portuguese as Second Language

Degree(s):

M.A. Spanish and Portuguese , University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM

M.A. Latin American Studies, University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM

B.A. Spanish and History, Aquinas College

Bio:

Samuel Johnson is a PhD candidate in the Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies program in the Department of Modern Languages. His research interests include ecocriticism, climate change, Indigenous peoples, multispecies justice, coloniality, and the intersections of these themes in literature, film, and new media in Latin America. His dissertation, "Amazonian Narratives: Seeking Epistemic and Ecological Justice in the Anthropocene" traces the role of literary, film, and media production emerging from the transnational, intercultural space of the Amazon that preserves, shares, and uplifts of Indigenous ways of knowing and being while seeking justice for the multispecies communities of the Americas.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Neta Kanny

Research Area:

Venezuela | Cultural and Literary Studies | Film and performance studies | Diasporic literature | Migration/border studies | Transnational studies (Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil) | Latin American studies | Identity studies | Cultural policy | Political science | Digital humanities 

Degree(s):

M.S. Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (Spanish concentration), Georgia Institute of Technology

B.A. Spanish and Portuguese, University of Georgia

Bio:

Neta Kanny is a Ph.D. student of Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic studies at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami. Neta graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2020 with an M.S. in Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (Spanish concentration) and received her B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese in 2017 from the University of Georgia. Neta’s research focuses on transnational representations of the Venezuelan migrant crisis, providing a regional comparative approach to the study of cultural productions (films, theater, diasporic literature, etc.) from Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil resulting from the crisis.  

During Summer 2023, Neta worked as the Venezuela Intern of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemispheric Affairs in the Office of Andean Affairs, where she prepared leadership to engage on Venezuelan issues and current events related to the country’s 2023 opposition primaries and 2024 presidential elections. Additional regional experiences include serving as a research consultant for the Carter Center’s 2021 Nicaraguan election observation project and training as a Spanish Literacy Promoter with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Nina Lee

Research Area:

Coloniality, Postcoloniality, Decoloniality | Cultural Studies | Music and Dance |Identity, Religion, and Belief Systems | Gender and Sexuality Studies 

Degree(s):

M.A. English & Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo
B.A. Spanish Literature, University of North Florida 
B.A. French Studies, University of North Florida

Bio:

Nina Lee (she/her) is a first-year PhD student in Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Her main research interests include coloniality and decoloniality within overlapping cultural spheres, such as those of belief systems, music, dance, literature, and language.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Lydda Lopez Valdez PhotoLydda Lopez Valdez

Dissertaion:

Confronting Rurality & Urbanity among Mexican-Origin Spanish speakers in South Florida: towards a sociolinguistics of globalization

Research Area:

Sociolinguistics | Language & Identity | Latinx studies | Spanish & English in the US

Degree(s):

B.A. Linguistics, Reed College 
M.A. Linguistics, Florida International University

Bio:

Lydda López Valdez is a PhD candidate (Literary, Cultural & Linguistic Studies) in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at University of Miami. Her work addresses global flows and the mobility of linguistic features across borders and how these relate to issues of identity construction among new Latino communities. Her research contributes to interdisciplinary scholarship that considers the role that linguistic difference plays in the lives of US Latino communities in terms of group identity and social inequality.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Massiel Medina

Research Area:

Caribbean Studies | Caribbean Literature | Cultural Studies | Latin American Literature and Culture

Degree(s):

M.A. Foreign Languages and Literatures, North Carolina State University

B.A. Psychology, North Carolina State University

B.A. Spanish Language and Literature, North Carolina State University

Bio:

Massiel Medina is a PhD student studying Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Spanish and a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from North Carolina State University. Her research interests while at the University of Miami center around Caribbean literature and history, with particular attention to the Hispanic Caribbean. Her main interests include globalization, subalternity, and diasporas. Prior to attending UM, she served as a Program Assistant for an allied health graduate program.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Yoán Moreno

Research Area:

Caribbean Diaspora | Caribbean Studies | Creolization | Cuban Studies | Performance | Rhetoric | Sound

Degree(s):

M.A. English, Loyola Marymount University

B.A. English, Florida International University

Bio:

Yoán Moreno is a PhD student in Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies. He is a McKnight Fellow (2021-2026) and a Dean’s Fellow (2021-2023). He has participated in the MELUS and ACLA conferences, and has published texts in popular media. His work is primarily focused on generating new, useful/usable concepts (mainly rehearsed in Caribbean texts) for the purposes of increasing critical approaches, and sharpening his pedagogy of Writing and Rhetoric. Prior to joining the program, Yoán taught Writing and Rhetorical Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, in addition to working as an independent translator, musician, and Spanish instructor. 

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Vijay Navarro

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Degree(s):

M.A. Latin American Studies, Stanford University
B.S. Latin American Studies, Environmental Engineering, United States Military Academy (West Point)

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Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Marisleydi Ramos

Research Areas:

Sociolinguistics | Language in society | Spanish in the United States | Dialects in Contact | Language & Identity | Heritage Speakers | Heritage Language Development  

Degree(s):

B.A in Philology specialized in Hispanic Linguistics, University of Havana 

M.A in Spanish M.A. with an emphasis in Spanish Applied Language, Culture, and Literature, Florida International University   

Bio:

Marisleydi Ramos Borrego is a PhD student in Literary, Cultural and Linguistic Studies. Her work focuses on Spanish varieties and Hispanic communities in the United States. In 2020, with her master’s thesis she contributed to the research on Spanish dialectal contacts by analyzing the Nicaraguan variety in Miami. Her project examined the repertoire of second-generation Spanish and the social factors that influenced its dialectal formation at the lexical level.

Her research interests include Spanish dialects in contact in the U.S., the relationship between social factors and dialectal variation, Spanish literacy, linguistic ideologies, heritage speakers and their attitudes toward Spanish varieties. Her current work questions what linguistic form(s) and linguistic ideologies are interwoven in Spanish-language theater and what their social and linguistic implications are in the Miami context. Her purpose is to diminish linguistic and cultural stigmas about the varieties of Spanish and their speakers in this territory and in the United States.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Yasamin Rezai

Research Areas:

New Media Studies | Digital Humanities | Social Media and Platform Studies | Theatre and Performance | Language & Identity (Persian: Iran and Diaspora) | Electronic Literature | Cultural Studies 

Degree(s):

B.S. Process Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran  

M.S. Process Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy 

Bio:

Yasamin Rezai (she/they/او) is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural, Literary, and Linguistic Studies with experience teaching French, Persian, and Italian on campus. She employs digital humanities tools and data-driven approaches to study social media platforms, and her work is theoretically situated at the intersection of critical data feminist studies, new media, and performance studies. Her dissertation analyzes the genre of instapoetry on social media and digital platforms as an emerging literary and cultural wave, exploring its poeticness, performativity, and subversiveness in the Iranian social media ecosystem and diaspora. She also works on the #MeToo movement, and part of her collaborative research on the #metoo movement has been published as a book chapter in the collection "MeToo Movement in Iran" by Bloomsbury Publishing in the series Sex, Family and Culture in the Middle East. She is the co-founder of Instasociety.org, an open-access research resource investigating how social media influences popular culture. Her work has appeared in various academic journals such as European Journal of English Studies, Digital Humanities Quarterly, and Critical Studies in Media Communication. She co-organized panels such as Data Performance and has presented at conferences hosted by organizations such as Cultural Studies Association, International Federation of Theatre Research, and Modern Languages Association. Yasamin has been the recipient of various fellowships and grants, such as Ugrow, Digital Humanities at UM, and the Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) grant. She is also a HASTAC scholar from 2021- 2023. Moreover, Yasamin co-founded and chaired the Iranian Association at the University of Miami to advocate for Iranian students and the Iranian American diaspora on campus. To learn more about Yasamin or to contact her, visit yasaminrezai.com or click here.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Kathy Rubio

Research Areas:

Sociolinguistics | Language Ideologies | Caribbean Studies | Language Pedagogy | Creolization | Transculturation | Hybridity | Language Contact |  Francophone Studies | Insular Studies | Archipelagic Studies | Oceanic Studies | Cultural Studies | Tourism

Degree(s):

M.A. in Teaching Languages, The University of Southern Mississippi, MS

B.A. in French and Spanish, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

Bio:

Kathy Rubio is a PhD student of Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies, with concentrations in Caribbean Studies and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. Born in Belgium and raised in the USA, Kathy is interested in languages and cultures in contact, especially in the context of the French-administered islands in the Caribbean, Oceania, and Indian Ocean. With professional experience in the fields of education and tourism, Kathy takes an archipelagic approach to study how minorized languages and cultures are sustained and promoted through grassroots education and tourism efforts throughout the DROM-COM.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Ernesto Rumbaut

Research Areas:

Cultural Studies | 20th Century Literature | Latinamerican Literature | Caribbean Literature | Cuban Literature | Performance Studies | Performance | Ritual | Religion | Identity

Degree(s):

M.A. Spanish, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

B.A. Art History, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Bio:

Ernesto Rumbaut was born and raised in Cuba. Currently, he is a performer, actor, teacher pursuing a Ph.D. in Literary, Cultural and Linguistic Studies at the University of Miami. He is interested in the study of liminal spaces created in the middle of binary systems and/ or related fields. Such is the case of performance and religion, which is his main focus at the moment with special interest in Afro Cuban religions.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Savannah Saavedra

Research Areas:

19th- 21st century Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies | Colombian Literature and Culture| Mexican Literature and Culture | 20th Century Spanish Literature | The Caribbean | Magical Realism/Boom Literary Period | Media/Technology | Urban Studies/Cities | Politics and Migration

Degree(s):

M.A. Spanish, University of Virginia
Undergraduate certificate in Spanish English Translation and Interpretation, Virginia Commonwealth University

B.A. International Studies (concentration in Latin America), Virginia Commonwealth University

B.A. Spanish, Virginia Commonwealth University

Bio:

Savannah Saavedra was born in South Africa and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She is a second-year PhD student in Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies at the University of Miami. Her main research interests include: 19th-21st century Latin American literature, (with a specific focus on Colombia and Mexico), 20th century Spanish, literature, magical realism, urban studies, sociology, politics and migration. She is also interested in studying the connections between literary and cultural studies of Colombia’s Caribbean coast in dialogue with the greater Caribbean region. Likewise, she also holds interests in foreign language pedagogy, bilingualism, and second-language acquisition. She is currently pursuing the Digital Humanities and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) certificates.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Lourdes Schmader

Research Areas:

Latin American Studies | Social Movements | Indigenous Studies |Indigenous Feminism | Ecocriticism | Amazonia and Environmental Justice | Decolonial Studies | Kichwa Diaspora in the US | Latin American Literature of the 19th and 21st centuries | Aesthetics | Comparative Literature Digital Humanities | Ecuadorian Literature |Modernism | Medardo Ángel Silva

Degree(s):

M.A. Spanish, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas 

B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of Maryland Global Campus, Adelphi, Maryland 

B.A. in Political and Social Sciences, Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil Law School, Guayaquil, Ecuador 

Bio:

Lourdes Schmader is a Spanish Instructor and a third-year Ph.D. student in literacy, cultural, and linguistic studies at the University of Miami. Her research interests are twofold: her first line of investigation is situated in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where she draws on the ancestral knowledge and Indigenous cosmovision of the Sumak Kawsay (Good Living) and Sacha Kawsay (Living Forest), as well as the Rights of Nature enshrined in the Constitution of Ecuador, to examine the interaction among individuals, Indigenous communities, and the government in order to achieve a consensus that promotes the well-being of local and national ecosystems.

Her second research interest centers on the Kichwa diaspora community in Queens, New York, in the United States, where she examines their efforts to revitalize their ancestors' language and consolidate their Indigenous roots outside of Ecuadorian territory, as well as the crucial role that mobility plays in extending their identity.

Recently, she was granted the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship by the United States Department of Education to study the Kichwa language in the Ecuadorian Amazon in the summer of 2023.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Euge Stumm

Research Areas:

Queer Studies | Transfeminism | Digital Humanities | Fiction | Brazilian Cinema | Video Games | Cultural Studies | New Media | Gender | Sexuality | Decoloniality | Intersectionality | Critical Race and Ethnic Studies | Comparative Literature

Degree(s):

M.A. in Psychology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

B.A. in Psychology, Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre

Bio:

Euge Stumm (they/them) is a first-year student of Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies at the University of Miami. Euge holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA), with a thesis on the filmic production of Brazilian trans women and travesti directors. For this research, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) nominated Euge for the Young Researcher Award. They earned a master’s degree in Psychology from UFRGS, with a dissertation on the poetics of Brazilian Furry Fandoms. Their Ph.D. research will explore the cultural productions made by Brazilian queer dissidences, with an emphasis in new media and cinema.

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Diana Valcarcel

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Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Aileen Vezeau

Research Areas:

U.S. Latinx and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures | Puerto Rican Studies | Afro Latinxs | U.S. Panamanians | (Im)migration and Diaspora Studies |  Identity Formation

Degree(s):

M.A., Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of Notre Dame.  

M.A., Hispanic Studies, University of Georgia.  

B.A., Spanish, University of Georgia. 

B.A., Finance, University of Georgia. 

Bio:

Aileen Vezeau is a Ph.D. student in Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Studies with a concentration in Caribbean Studies. She studies the negotiation of identity and belonging across diasporic movements. Her research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century U.S. Latinx and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures with an emphasis on Puerto Rican and Panamanian (im)migration and the experience of Afro Latinxs. Vezeau is a recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship (2023-2024) and the McKnight Fellowship (2023-2026). 

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


Amaia Villano GarciaAmaia Villaño García

Research Area:

Sociolinguistics | Bilingualism | Second Lenguage Acquisition & Teaching

Degree(s):

M.A. Hispanic Linguistics, University of Illinois at Chicago 
B.A. Modern Languages, University of Deusto 
B.A. Education - Primary School Teaching, University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV)

Bio:

Amaia is a first year PhD in Literary, Cultural and Linguistic Studies at the Department of Modern Languages and Literature. Her research interests are Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition &Teaching, with special emphasis on the intercultural competence. She is interested in understanding crosslinguistic properties of the morphosyntax of bilingual minds, but also the relationship speakers have towards these languages and the uses they have as a consequence of that.   

Email  | Merrick Bldg. 210-24 | 305-284-4002


  Ruming Yang

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