I am an Associate Professor of Spanish at Oklahoma State University, where I teach and research on 20th and 21st Century Iberian Studies. My work analyzes how stories of resistance portray and create new beginnings after an event does away with a common vision of the world. I am currently completing a book manuscript that examines novels and autobiographies written in exile after the Spanish Civil War, an episode that severed Spanish history, and for many also meant a physical separation from the Spanish territory. I argue that exiles construct an alternative national history and recreate the traumatic experience of expulsion by crafting “extorias”: writings that highlight form and content disruptions in conventional storytelling structures. My second research project studies how recent Iberian cultural production formulates stories about the future. My scholarly writing has appeared in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, MLN, Catalan Review and 452ºF, among other journals.
Since 2021, I have been involved in developing the field of Asturian Studies in the United States. I participated in the I SAnTINA conference, and will organize the second one in 2022.
I have a Licenciatura in Hispanic Philology from the University of Oviedo, Spain, and a PhD in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Michigan State University (directed by José Colmeiro). I worked as a Spanish Lecturer at the Univerzitet Džemal Bijedić in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and as an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Central Michigan University.