Graduate Students

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.

Eric Avila Ponce de Leon

Matteo Cantarello holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Padua in modern and comparative literature with a specialization in Latin America. His work analyzes fictional representations of organized crime in contemporary Mexican and Italian literature from the 1950s to the 21st century, with a specific focus on the relationship between territory, violence, and the question of national identity. His research promotes a constant dialogue between literature and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Other research interests include the condition of the woman and youths within criminal organizations as well as the contrast between indigenous and foreign filmic representations of Mexican and Italian organized crime.

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.

Alfredo Cumerma

M.A., University of Pennsylvania; M.A., Aix-Marseille Université

Research interests: Literature and war, theories of disinformation, intelligence fiction, public diplomacy

Biography: Alfredo Cumerma is a Gilman Research Fellow completing his Ph.D. in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. As part of the new wave of humanist professionals, Alfredo’s trajectory is crossed between the traditional cultural focus of the humanities and the world of international affairs. He has served in a variety of roles through internships in his target sector. As a content writer for Borgen Magazine and Blog, Alfredo published 19 articles covering global poverty and U.S. foreign aid. He then worked as a research analyst for the Latin America and Caribbean Program (LACP) at The Carter Center for Peace, managing social media and tracking the democratic crises in Nicaragua and Venezuela. He was most recently appointed legislative aide to Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez in the Maryland House of Delegates, and has served as a communications assistant for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Research: Cumerma’s academic research examines the works of Latin American intellectuals: how they write about the state, why they write about the state, and how American foreign policy has helped shape that human expression. In particular, he considers the fiction of former Cuban war correspondent Norberto Fuentes, who was involved in high state circles with the Castro brothers, and had intimate knowledge of the workings of Cuban intelligence during the Cold War. Cumerma’s perspective applies broad humanistic techniques to measure the impact that an author like Fuentes can have over time on nation-branding at the cultural level. Consequently, his work is of interest to practitioners of cultural diplomacy who seek to expand the transparency of their programs through an increased sense of restorative justice.

Liliana Galindo Orrego

Francisco Gómez Martos

Ph.D., Universidad Carlos III de Madrid; M.A., Universidad de Málaga

Research interests: Golden Age Spanish literature, early modern history and theater, historiography

Biography: Francisco Gómez Martos is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures. Prior to his time at Hopkins, he completed a M.A. in Early Modern and Modern History at the University of Málaga and a Ph.D. in History at the University Carlos III of Madrid with a dissertation on Spanish historiography, which received an Extraordinary Thesis Award.

Research: Gómez Martos’s research interests focus on historiography, early modern history and theater, and Golden Age Spanish literature. He is the author of several articles and two books: Historiografía del Postmodernismo (2014), an analysis and critique of postmodernism in the historical field, and La creación de una historia nacional. Juan de Mariana y el papel de la antigüedad en la edad moderna española (forthcoming, 2018), which analyzes the ways that Ancient History was recorded and examined in Spain during the Renaissance. His dissertation research focuses on literary patronage and theatrical representations of favorite ministers during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Western Europe.

Ryan Hill

Tanavi Jagdale

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.

Francisco Pérez Marsilla

Christian Quattrociocchi

B.A., Colgate University

Research interests: Golden Age Spanish literature, Picaresque literature, Colonial Latin American literature

Biography: Prior to coming to Hopkins, Quattrociocchi received his B.A. in History and Spanish Language and Literature from Colgate University in 2016. His research interests include Golden Age Spanish literature, the Spanish Picaresque, Colonial Latin American literature, and also the Spanish Baroque and Latin American Neo-baroque. Particularly, he is interested in looking at both Spanish and Latin American literature produced during the colonial period in a transatlantic, comparative framework.

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”.

Mary Speer