I am a Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies in the Division of Literature and Languages. Broadly speaking, I am interested in Iberian experiences of modernity and colonialism from the perspective of cultural studies and critical theory, especially where these questions intersect with notions of class, race and gender.
Currently, my research follows two separate but interconnected lines of investigation. The first concerns the study of cultural production from actors of indigenous descent over the last fifty years, drawing attention to how writers and media activists have contributed to the process of redefining ideas of indigeneity and subsequently making certain issues visible in the public sphere. My previous project focused on how indigenous activist writers in the Bolivian highlands reinscribed senses of indigenous belonging in the country in order to create a new critical vocabulary around issues of indigeneity which were also a recycling of older, hegemonic imaginaries of race. More recently, I have begun to work on a comparative study of indigenous media across different centres of production throughout the region, focusing on the question of the political significance of how such practices mediate and make visible issues of indigenous rights.
The second line of investigation that characterizes my research involves an engagement with the intellectual history of Latin America, particularly in relation to the political and material consequences of that history.
I am also more generally interested in the cultural history of Spain and Latin America and have published studies on both film and literature.