- Visiting Assistant Professor
- BA, California State University, Northridge; 2000
- MA, University of California, Irvine; 2003
- PhD, University of California, Irvine; 2008
Tovar received her PhD degree from University of California, Irvine. Her area of specialization is Latin American narrative in the 20th century with an emphasis on contemporary Mexican literature. Her scholarly interests center on the portrayal of metropolitan spaces and their symbolism in contemporary Mexican urban novels, more specifically, on historical spaces as symbolic places of intersection of collective memory and subjectivity. She has published articles on Mexican writers Carlos Fuentes, Luis González de Alba, Hugo Hiriart, María Luisa Puga, Ana Clavel and Gonzalo Celorio.