I am currently an ntt Assistant Professor of
Spanish at Western Oregon University, recently Guest Editor of Transmodernity, Founder Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hispanic and Lusophone Whiteness Studies, and an external reviewer for academic journals. I graduated with two BAs in English and Hispanic Studies with concentrations in linguistics at the University of Cádiz, where I later received my first Ph.D. with distinctions in Comparative U.S. Latino/a Studies and Whiteness. While I was graduating, I studied abroad at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and I was an instructor of Spanish and non-degree seeking student at Amherst College in the United States. I later received my second Ph.D. in Peninsular (Spanish) Studies at the University of Kentucky.
I have two specializations in nineteenth through
twenty-first-century cultural studies, literature and film in both U.S. Latino/a and Peninsular Studies. I have developed a research agenda that engages in interdisciplinary approaches and employs a transatlantic, transcultural framework to study topics of race, ethnicity, immigration, border, gender, and class, under the lens of Whiteness Studies in coalescence with several critical theories. I am interested in understanding how the structures of difference operate and the processes of legitimization replicate in contemporary societies. My goal is to contribute to our understanding of how cultural forms are mediated by representational signifying practices thus forming individual and collective identities. My long-term objective is to establish a bridge between my two fields of specialization towards revealing white structures of power in the context of global Hispanism.