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Alejandra Bronfman is Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean and Latina/o Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean (UNC Press, 2016). Her current research interests include sound, media, race and post-military environments. 


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Professor Emerita of Spanish, University of Rochester. Research and teaching areas: 20th and 21st Century Spanish-American literature, literary representations of disability, Mexican women writers, the genre of the chronicle, theory of nonfiction. Books: The Writing of Elena Poniatowska: Engaging Dialogues (1994); Documents in Crisis: Nonfiction Literatures in 20th-Century Mexico (2011); and co-edited volumes, The Contemporary Mexican Chronicle: Theoretical Perspectives on the Liminal Genre (2002), with Ignacio Corona; and Libre Acceso: Latin American Literature and Film through Disability Studies (2016), with Susan Antebi. Her current project in collaboration with Beatriz Miranda Galarza (17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos, Mexico City) is titled “Creatividad y conocimiento: Reflexiones desde la discapacidad.”  It will bring together written and audio texts by disabled people living in Mexico in which they reflect on how their disability shapes their modes of creativity and generates disability-specific knowledge.

Ilka Kressner

Associate Professor of Spanish at the University at Albany, SUNY. I am interested in theoretical approaches to conceptions of space in art, intermediality, and ecocriticism in Spanish American literature, film and visual arts (20th-21st centuries). My book Sites of Disquiet: The Non-Space in Spanish American Short Narratives and Their Cinematic Transformations (Purdue UP, 2013) analyzes representations of alternative spaces, among those, sites of deferral, merging perspectives, darkness and emptiness, in Spanish American short narratives and their adaptations to the screen. I have co-edited Walter Benjamin Unbound (2015, Annals of Scholarship Vols. 21:1 and 2; with Alexander Gelley and Michael Levine). My second joint publishing venture, with Ana María Mutis and Elizabeth Pettinaroli is Ecofictions, Ecorealities and Slow Violence in Latin America and the Latinx World (Routledge, 2019). Our edited volume examines the topic of ecological violence, particularly in the context of “slow violence” (Rob Nixon) in Latin American and Latinx writings, films, visual arts and performances.

Jacob Matthews

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Giovanna Montenegro

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Carmen Serrano

Carmen Serrano’s body of research focuses on limits and borders. As a scholar of twentieth and twenty-first Latin American and U.S. Latinx literature and culture, she analyzes the ways in which literature and films manifest monstrous and non-normative bodies: the human and the nonhuman, the corporeal and the spectral, and the dead and the undead. She examines how these bodies, either support or undermine social hierarchies. In particular, she analyzes the ways in which the monstrous and the spectral embody fears and anxieties that speak to a specific cultural moment. In addition to her studies on themes of the supernatural and the fantastic, Serrano also writes about the novel of the Mexican Revolution and US Latinx literature.

Jinhang Wang

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Georgina Whittingham

Georgina J. Whittingham (B.A. Queens College, M.A. Stanford University, Ph.D. Rutgers University) is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at the State University of New York at Oswego. She is the author of the book Gilberto Owen y la crisis del lenguage poético (Gilberto Owen and the Crisis of Poetic Language) published by Mexico’s Autonomous State University Press and has published book chapters and articles on Hispanic theatre, poetry, and narrative in texts issued by academic journals such as Iberoamericana/ Vervuert/ Verlag, KARPA, Latin American Theatre Review, Romance Language Annual, Texto Crítico, and Studies in Modern and Classical Languages. Her recent research centers on image and text in contemporary Mexican Literature.


Gail A. Bulman is Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean (PLACA) at Syracuse University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Latin American theater and narrative. She is the author of Staging Words, Performing Worlds: Intertextuality and Nation in Contemporary Latin American Theater (Bucknell UP 2007). Her articles have appeared in Latin American Theatre Review, Gestos, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, Hispanófila, Ollantay Theater Magazine, Letras femeninas, South Central Review, Dramateatro Revista Digital and Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures and as chapters in several books. She is completing a monograph on visuality and affect in twenty-first century Argentine and Chilean performance and beginning a new project on the transnational theater network Microteatro.


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Paul Humphrey is Assistant Professor at Colgate University, where he teaches classes in LGBTQ studies and Caribbean studies. His research focuses on gender, sexuality, and African-derived religions in contemporary Caribbean literature. Paul has published articles in the Bulletin of Hispanic StudiesStudies in Comics, Journal of Haitian StudiesSargasso, and International Journal of Francophone Studies. His monograph, Santería, Vodou and Resistance in Caribbean Literature: Daughters of the Spirits, was published in spring 2019 with Legenda.


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Milton Loayza is Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at the State University of New York in Oswego. His research has focused in Latin American theatre, performance philosophy, and theatre in the anthropocene. Milton is also a theatre practitioner, exploring Latin American works.  He has lately performed as an actor nationwide in the tango opera Maria de Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzola.

Micah McKay

Micah McKay is an Assistant Professor of Spanish who specializes in 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature and culture. His research lies at the intersection of environmental discourse and cultural production and aims to frame contemporary Latin American literature and film in the context of the Anthropocene. He has published several essays on the presence of trash, garbage dumps, and waste workers in Latin American narrative and film. His other research interests include biopolitics, critical animal studies, posthumanism, and urban studies. In addition to classes on trash and culture, he teaches introductory survey courses on Latin American culture and literature and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on narrative, film, and literary theory.

Natalie Monticello

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Oscar A. Pérez

Oscar A. Pérez is an assistant professor of Spanish language and Hispanic studies at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, New York. He holds a PhD in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master’s in the history of science and scientific communication from the University of Valencia, Spain. His research focuses on science, technology, and the environment in Hispanic literature and film. His work has appeared in critical volumes and various academic journals, including HispaniaHispanic Issues OnlineImagofagiaIbérica, and Film International. He is currently working on two book projects. The first one examines the relationship between authoritarianism and medicine in the Spanish-speaking world. The second one looks at contemporary narratives of disease in rural environments.

Emily Vazquez Enriquez

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Rachel Whalen

Rachel Whalen is a poet and playwright from Buffalo, New York. They graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English in 2019, and they are currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at New York University, where they also teach.