Rhiannon Clarke is a PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Her research interests include Southern Cone literature, Hispano-Filipino studies, and trauma and memory studies across visual media, particularly film and graphic narrative. Prior to Hopkins, she won a Fulbright award to Argentina and spent two years in the Peace Corps in Indonesia. She earned her BA in Spanish, with honors, and Philosophy, manga cum laude, from Whitman College, where she also won a Louis B. Perry Summer Research Award to research Spanish graphic narrative.
Lila Fabro is a PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Her research centers on the intersections between Yiddish and Spanish in Argentine literature. She is particularly interested in the bilingual Yiddish-Spanish publications in Argentina, and in the emergence of postvernacular Yiddish in the works of Argentine contemporary authors. She earned her BA in Art History with an emphasis on Musicology from the University of Buenos Aires. Prior to Hopkins, she worked at the Research Area on Performing Arts and Jewishness at the Institute of Performing Arts “Dr. Raúl H. Castagnino” based in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Buenos Aires.
Alexis Hernando earned his BA and licenciatura in Hispanic Literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He was the winner of the Scholarship to Stimulate Academic Excellence (BEA) by achieving first place in the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences. He works professionally in the Department of Humanities and holds the position of analyst at the Office of the President, both at PUCP. Also, he has participated in university educational management projects; among them, the design of the new integrated undergraduate admission system and the coordination of the PUCP Wellness Plan. Alexis studies the Peruvian and Southern Cone literature of the s. XIX and XX. His interests include memory, gender, coloniality, modernity, urbanism, authorship, and the novel of the Latin American dictator. His thesis “Perverse and incorrigible: subversive motherhood in Lumpérica and Los vigilantes de Diamela Eltit” obtained unanimously the qualification of summa cum laude and was awarded the Prize for supporting the development of undergraduate thesis (PADET) and the Prize for research 2020. It analyzes the struggle between the military regime of Augusto Pinochet and the American female subject to propose that subversive motherhood is a motive at the base of Eltit’s aesthetics, which seeks to blur the borders of art -lifetime.
Tanavi Jagdale is a PhD candidate in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the editorial assistant for the MLN Hispanic Issue. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century Latin American literature, science fiction, fantastic literature, and comparative literature. She is also interested in examining fictional representation of economic crisis periods in Latin America as well as how cross-cultural narratives emerge—an interests that comes from her rich cultural and multilingual Indian background. Prior to coming to Hopkins, Tanavi completed her MA in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune, and received the equivalent of a BA in Spanish from University of Pune, India. She taught Spanish for six years at Symbiosis Institute for Foreign and Indian Languages (SIFIL) and University of Pune, and also worked as Spanish Section Head at SIFIL, Pune. Tanavi has presented at the V Encuentro Práctico de Profesores de Español organized by Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi in 2015. She was one of the five recipients of a MAEC-AECID scholarship from India in 2010. In addition to her academic work, Tanavi is a trained Indian Classical vocalist and holds a Bachelor equivalent degree in Indian Classical Music.
Lauren Benjamin Mushro
Lauren Benjamin Mushro is a PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University. Her work mainly focuses on comix, zines, and graphic narrative representations of political trauma and historical memory in Spain, Portugal, and Brazil. Mushro’s studies at Hopkins are interdisciplinary, allowing her research on historical memory and “oblivion politics” to overlap with contemporary art, media theory, and film studies. Prior to Hopkins, Lauren earned a BA in Political Science and Hispanic Studies at Boston College, where she graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and won the Andrés Bello Award. In 2019, Lauren received two Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships to study Portuguese and Catalan, which included being a visiting researcher at the Johns Hopkins University – Universitat Pompeu Fabra Public Policy Center. Just this past year in 2021, Mushro taught a course on Basque Nationalism and independence entitled “Letters from Prison: Homegrown Terrorism and Basque Nationalism” through the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute’s BLAST program. Lauren has likewise conducted extensive research on LGBTQ films in Latin America, specifically narrative films about the intersex community in Perú, Colombia, and Argentina. In recent years Mushro entered the production side of film, where she learned film editing, production, and montage skills through courses at El Centre de Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison-La Bonne and Dones Visuals (Generalitat de Barcelona). Her work on production and feminist film practice can be found in her forthcoming co-edited anthology, Radical Equality and Global Feminist Filmmaking: An Anthology (Vernon Press, 2021).
David Patterson is a PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. His research interests include 20th- and 21st-century Southern Cone literature, migration, and human rights. He is also interested in how texts engage with philosophical notions of existence and what implications this has on ethics and social justice. Prior to Hopkins, he completed an MA in Spanish at Baylor University, where he wrote a thesis on Juan Rulfo, Gabriel García Márquez, and Cristina Peri Rossi and the presence of human rights in their narratives.
Francisco Pérez Marsilla
Francisco Pérez Marsilla is a PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Graduate Assistant for the Center for Africana Studies. His current research looks at the interplay of race, origins, diaspora, and literature in the Caribbean, paying special attention to its relationship with the U.S. His articles have appeared in Variaciones Borges, Aula Lírica, and elsewhere. Prior to Hopkins, he received an MA from Yale University, an MA from Northern Illinois University, and a BA from the University of Navarra. In 2019, he received a Sydney Mintz Student Fellowship for Field Research.
Alicia Piñar Diaz
Alicia Piñar Diaz is a PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Her research centers on the intersections of literature and culture studies, with a focus on the deconstruction of the stereotypes and principles that represent the art world. Specifically, those that undervalue or elide expressions of otherness and relegate them to a subjugated space. She is particularly interested in exchanges between different cultures, aiming to theorize a historiographical and critical framework for studying works by marginalized groups. Prior to Hopkins, she received a BA in Art History from the University of Granada. She also earned an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Granada and an MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Delaware. udies program, with honors, from Wesleyan University, where she was also awarded the Kevin Echart Memorial Book Prize.
Verónica Ríos Saavedra
Verónica Ríos Saavedra is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She graduated from the Universidad de Lima, where she focused on the audiovisual representation of the Peruvian Amazon and its population on audiovisual media and press, as well as working in the production of several short-films. Prior to Hopkins, she worked at the Institute for Scientific Research at the Universidad de Lima and in the Audiovisual Department of the Ministry of Culture (Peru). During those three years she could work in close contact with filmmakers, film researchers, and cultural agents from all over the country, which allowed her to gain a broad perspective of the contemporary filmographic landscape in Peru.
For the last five years, she has been a part of the production team of MUTA, an international film festival devoted to audiovisual appropriation and which showcases productions made from found footage and previously existing materials. Through the festival, they were able to have guest filmmakers and researchers from Spain, Canada, the USA, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Mexico in Peru. In 2020 she co-founded Cine Íntimo, a project that aims at rescuing and digitizing Peruvian familiar archives in Super8, 8mm, and 16mm formats so that they can be shared and seen, in the hopes of contributing to a more honest and cohesive sense of national identity.
Mariangela Ugarelli Risi
Mariangela Ugarelli Risi is a PhD student and research assistant at the Johns Hopkins University in the Spanish section. She has a Licenciatura in Hispanic Literature by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Her study field encompasses Latin American gothic, fantastic and horror literature from a narratological perspective, as well the intersection of these genres with with humour. The fantastic played a focal role in her thesis about Argentine writer Leopoldo Lugones entitled, “La Palabra Secreta: Cuentos Fatales como alegoría literaria del mito del eterno retorno para el funcionamiento de los fantástico”. She has participated in multiple congresses in Perú and the US, most of which focused on the Franco-uruguayan masterpiece Les Chants de Maldoror. Her publications both as an academic and as a short story writer have appeared in several anthologies and other printed media. As an artist, she has illustrated magazine covers and centerfolds and has also exhibited her works in her home country, Perú.
Alfredo Walls earned a BA in Philosophy from Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, and an MA in Comparative Literature from King’s College, London. His research work is oriented towards the intersection of philosophical thought and literary discourse, with a special focus on the tragic and the twentieth century Latin American (neo)baroque. His current research examines how the literary neobaroque displays a deep break with homogeneous notions of modernity, meaning and identity through linguistic devices of allegorical nature. Prior to his arrival at Hopkins, Alfredo worked as guest lecturer at several universities in his natal Puebla, Mexico, where he taught various undergraduate level courses on Philosophy and Literature.
Rachel Williams is a PhD student in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Her research centers on Golden Age Spanish literature, with a focus on gender, sexuality, love, and sanity. She is particularly interested in gendered representations of lovesickness and its effects on male and female subjects. Prior to Hopkins, she earned her BA in the College of Letters, with high honors, and the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, with honors, from Wesleyan University, where she was also awarded the Kevin Echart Memorial Book Prize.