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  • Assistant Professor of Early Modern Iberian Studies
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Education

  • BA, Universidad de Los Andes, 2004
  • MA, Emory University, 2009
  • PhD, Emory University, 2011

Biography

My area of specialization in Trans-Atlantic early modern literature, visual culture, and gender studies. My research focuses on the tensions between institutional practices and female behavior in Spain and the Spanish Americas in a period spanning from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. My current book project analyzes the intersections between mobility, space, and female agency in the inquisitorial trials for sorcery in the first auto de fe held in Cartagena de Indias in 1614. Through a close analysis of inquisitorial records, the manuscript examines how women complied with Catholic orthodoxy while remaining faithful to pre-existing practices that the newly established Holy Office labeled as deviant and heretical.

I teach courses on Early Modern literature and culture, Trans-Atlantic women’s literary and cultural history, Inquisition, and Spanish language and culture.

Selected Publications

  • “Hacerse digno de buena muerte”: Devoción y arrepentimiento femeninos en la Historia de la Villa Imperial de Potosí 1700-1720.  Dieciocho 39.1 (Spring 2016)
  • “A Cartography of Sorcery: Mapping the First Auto de Fe in Cartagena de Indias, 1614,” Colonial Latin American Historical Review 1:3 (Summer 2013)