Who Am I?
Hi! I am a Medical Humanities scholar who researches the depictions of disease in contemporary Latin American literature. My work emphasizes revealing the overlooked connections between individual illness and the communal history of precariousness and political violence in Latin America. My findings show new ways of understanding health and disease that can shape future medical approaches in the region.
My scholarship interweaves Literary Studies, Queer Theory, Medical Anthropology, and Memory Studies in the Global South to reflect on how Western scientific medicine—also known as biomedicine—has hidden traditions of pain and suffering under the disguise of an allegedly objective language of health and sickness.
I'm a Ph.D. in Spanish from Vanderbilt University, where I acquired a solid education in Latin American literatures and critical theory. In 2021, I defended my dissertation "Poetics of Disease: Biomedicine, Political Violence, and Poetry in Latin America (1973-2020)."
My dissertation is an interdisciplinary study that was granted a Robert Penn Warren Fellowship. The award supported my research by bringing together a community of outstanding scholars throughout 2020-2021 to allow them to dedicate themselves full-time to their dissertations. During work sessions with specialists in varied fields, my research engaged in vibrant discussions that expanded my horizons and the frontiers of my conclusions. Additionally, continuous dialogue enriches my collaborative, listening, and communicative skills.
An underlying principle of my scholarship is that language is a valuable mourning and healing tool for communities. In my role as a Curb Public Scholar, my university-backed community project, "Poesía en Nashville" [Poetry in Nashville], sought to provide the Spanish-speaking community with a safe space to tell their stories and be active agents in constructing collective memory during the Covid-19 pandemic.