Alejandro Alvarez earned his BA and MA degrees in history in the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He is interested in the Baroque and Early Modern periods and studies the way in which semantics move from metaphor to concept and back. He has worked extensively the production of authors like Baltasar Gracián to try to find semantic traces that lead to an understanding of how Early Modern and Baroque productions thought and projected a notion of society before the concept of it was available. He hopes to continue studying the relationships between semantics and social structures in history through text in the Early Modern and Baroque periods.
Matteo Cantarello received a BA in modern literatures from Università degli Studi Padova in 2010 and an MA in modern literatures and philology in 2012 from the same institution. His research focuses on the phenomena of Mexican and Italian organized crime, in literature and media, since the half of the previous century. Particularly, he analyzes the intertwining relationships between these organizations and the territory along with their use of violence.
Cathleen Carris received a BA in Spanish and history from Loyola University Maryland in 2010 and joined the graduate program in Spanish at Johns Hopkins in 2011. Her publications include a translation of a speech by the 19th- and 20th-century Peruvian intellectual Manuel González Prada, which appeared in the May 2013 issue of PMLA.
Julia Eichstedt Baumgardt is a PhD candidate specializing in Peninsular Spanish literature. Her dissertation focuses on contemporary renovations of the Iberian Middle Ages and al-Andalus in particular. She is especially interested in representations of Islamicate and other non-Catholic Iberian practices and cultures as alternative discourses to traditional Spanish nationalism. Other research interests include women’s studies, historiography and the historical novel, and literary temporality.
Francisco Gómez-Martos earned his PhD in history from the Carlos III of Madrid University in 2012, the year he joined Johns Hopkins University as a PhD student in Spanish.
Christopher Kozey received a BA in comparative literature from Haverford College in 2006 and an MA in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2008. As a PhD candidate here at Johns Hopkins, Christopher focuses his research on the literature and cinema of Spain, and his dissertation examines the unique function of the Las Batuecas/Las Hurdes region in Spanish culture from the turn of the 17th century to the present day.
Christian Pack graduated from Towson University in 2011 with a dual BA degree in Spanish language and electronic media and film. His main areas of interest are Salvadoran literature, Central American heavy metal culture, and Latin American film.
Gabrielle Ponce is a doctoral candidate in Early Modern Literature and Culture. She holds a B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an M.F.A. in Poetry from The Johns Hopkins University. Her doctoral dissertation investigates authorial communities and imaginative literary practices (lyric, dramatic, epic, and novelistic) pertinent to the life and works of Miguel de Cervantes as a European and Mediterranean author. She has conducted research as a Charles Singleton Center Pre-doctoral Scholar in Madrid and as the Millicent Mercer Johnsen Pre-doctoral Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the American Academy in Rome. Her articles have appeared in the MLN (Fall 2011) and Romance Studies (Fall 2013). Her scholarly interests include comparative approaches to early modern literary genres; Miguel de Cervantes; history of the figure of the lyric poet; early modern theatre; pre-Cartesian Renaissance philosophy and philosophies of love; early modern eroticism; the Greek and Roman classics in vernacular translations and imitations; Habsburg and Ottoman exchanges; patronage, social practice and cultural history; historiography of early modern manuscript and print cultures; exchanges between literary and plastic arts.
Christopher RayAlexander graduated from Louisiana State University with a BA in Spanish, a BA in philosophy, and an MA in Hispanic studies with a concentration in literature. Since coming to Johns Hopkins, Christopher has focused on Mexican literary production in the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly as understood through a comparative lens incorporating both critical theory and philosophy. His primary interests lie in the study of Mexican literature and culture, professional wrestling, and the overlap between history, sentiment, and philosophy. He recently contributed to the second edition of Borges: The Passion of the Endless Quotation.
Ian Q. Rogers is Graduate Liaison for the Program in Latin American Studies and Gilman Fellow in the Department of German & Romance Languages & Literatures at The Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include (Post) Colonial Theory, Aztec Philosophy, Counter-Reformation Theology, Crypto-Islam in Spain, Art History of XVI c. Iberia, and Literatures of “Early Modernity”.
Amanda Mignonne Smith specializes in Latin American literature and culture, with emphasis on the Andean and Amazonian regions and the relationship between space and cultural production.
Javier Valiente’s fields of research are 20th-century indigenous Latin American literature, with a special focus on indigenous testimonial and autobiographical works; indigenous colonial Latin American literature; and Latin America’s new historical fiction and cinema dealing with the conquest of the New World. He is particularly interested in studying the dialogical interaction established between liberation theology and philosophy and indigenous Latin American literature as well as in transculturation and cultural hybridity theories and in decolonial and subaltern studies. He was recently invited to Loyola University Maryland and to American University to present, screen, and discuss two Latin American films dealing with the indigenous question in Mexico and Bolivia. His publications include three articles on the indigenous literatures of Latin America, one article on Navajo poetry, and a book entitled El pensamiento de la liberación y la novela hispanoamericana de temática indígena: Ensayos reunidos (Createspace, 2012).