243 Conklin Hall
175 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
I began my duties as an Assistant Professor of Spanish and US Latina/o Studies in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University-Newark in the Fall of 2009. Prior to Rutgers, I held academic appointments at Yale University, Brown University, and UMass-Boston. My areas of interest include: Caribbean literature, US Latina/o literature, Spanish American literature, Comparative literature, Cultural Studies, American Studies, and Critical Theory.
Ph.D., Spanish American Literature, Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Comparative Literature, PSU
B.A., Comparative Literature, U of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, PR).
Macho Ethics: Masculinity and Self-Representation in Latino-Caribbean Narrative (Bucknell UP, 2014). Macho Ethics examines the vicissitudes and ambiguities behind literary authorship/authority and masculinity as critically staged through writing in the narrative prose (novels, chronicles, and short stories) of Latino-Caribbean authors starting in the 1980’s. Beyond this book project, I have also been at work on two manuscripts: Loving Death: The Necrophilic Imagination in Latin/o America and Tales of Disposability: Puerto Rico in the Post-911 Era.