Department of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Students

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Cecilia Battauz

Hailing from Entre Ríos, Argentina, Cecilia holds an MA in Spanish and TESOL from West Virginia University. Before studying at WVU, she worked as a Spanish instructor at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She is interested in 19th and 20th century literature from the Southern Cone. She loves animals, short stories, and dulce de leche.




Daniela Bulansky

Daniela is a PhD student from Argentina. She studied political science at the University of Buenos Aires, and her academic field of interest is Latin American literature. During her free time, she likes to dance the tango.







Tatiana Chi-Miranda

Tatiana is a PhD student from Barranquilla, Colombia. She studied Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Her academic fields of interest are Latin American and Caribbean literature. She loves writing and is passionate about el Carnaval de Barranquilla.






Charis Gozzo

Charis graduated from Susquehanna University with a BA in Spanish and Psychology. During her time there, she studied abroad in Seville, Spain, where she fell in love with Spanish culture and language. After graduating, she moved to Spain to teach English for a year in Barcelona. Originally from Annapolis, Charis has returned to Maryland to pursue an MA in Spanish Literature. Her interests include contemporary Peninsular Spanish literature, finding the perfect café con leche, and traveling.







Benjamin Davidson

Ben hails from southern New Jersey and is a M.A. student in Hispanic Applied Linguistics. He currently lives in Baltimore and teaches English to Speakers of Other Languages at a middle school. His interests include classroom language pedagogy, language ideologies, multilingual education, and heritage language learning for Spanish speakers. 



Nélida Devesa Gómez

Nélida is a PhD student from Cádiz, Spain. Her academic interests include 19th and 20th century peninsular and Latin American literature, specifically the representation of female characters in fiction. She studied Journalism and Comparative Literature at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and holds an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from the Catholic University of America. She enjoys traveling and riding her bike in her hometown.




Juan Manuel Díaz

Juan Manuel Díaz is a PhD student from Argentina. Before, he studied at the National University of Córdoba and was a teaching assistant in two courses: Latin American Thinking and Argentinian Literature I. He is interested in Latin American essays that have, as their main topic, the interpretation of a nation’s reality. He participates, too, with a research team focused on literature of the south that use as main concepts ideas of nation, culture and people. He loves movies and music.




Nery González

Nery González is a PhD student from Venezuela. She completed her bachelor studies in Sociology at the Central University of Venezuela. She is currently investigating new theoretical perspectives in political and literature studies, specifically in the Venezuelan narrative. And as Caribbean, she loves to dance salsa and merengue.




Daniela Hernandez Rodriguez

Born in Valparaiso and raised in Punta Arenas, in the south of Chile, Daniela graduate as a journalist from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso. She has worked in magazines, public relations agencies, social media management and content generation for different institutions. She has a MA degree in Edicion from the Universidad Diego Portales, her interests are contemporary Latin America literature,  female authors, gender studies and creative writing, among others.





Victoria Herrera Arvay

Victoria is a Ph.D. student from La Rioja, Argentina. She studied literature at the National University of La Rioja and was a teaching assistant of the Seminar of Contemporary Argentinian Literature. She has participated in research teams focused on the experimental narrative of Conosur and Argentinian Northwest.  She is interested in Andine and Southamerica experimental poetry of women writers.  She loves music and nature. 




Roberto Katrandjiyski 

Robbie Katrandjiyski is an M.A student interested in Contemporary Latin American Literatures. He is originally from Bulgaria but has spent most of his life in various cities throughout Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in Spanish and Economics. In his free time, he enjoys drinking coffee with friends, discussing foreign languages with anyone willing to listen, and occasionally attempting to recreate dishes he sees on the cooking shows (with various degrees of success).


(Matthew) Chris Lewis

Chris is a doctoral candidate from Salt Lake City, Utah. His research revolves around the way we tell stories with our bodies, and the way official stories become embodied. He is interested in the Pan-Caribbean and its diasporas and contemporary Mexican cultural production.






Sofía Maurette

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sofia is a PhD student. She has a BA in Literature from the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) and an MA in Religion and Literature from the University of Chicago. Her areas of interest are politics, religion and literature from the twentieth century in Argentina and the southern cone. She is specially interested in the discourses they produce and how they interact with each other. When she is not reading or studying, Sofia enjoys playing with her two beautiful daughters and being outdoors.



Jackson Monzón

Jackson Monzón is a PhD student from Gaithersburg, MD. He received his BA from Hood College in Latin American Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. His MA is in Spanish language literature from Middlebury College. He is a professional photographer by trade and enjoys learning new languages, going to the movies, and traveling in his free time. 




Olga Morozova

Olga is a Master student from Russia. She has a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from Old Dominion University in Virginia. Her interests are Latin American Literature and female authors. In her free time she enjoys learning new languages, doing photography and dancing bachata, salsa, tango and zouk




Mariana Reyes

Born in Chihuahua, México, Nidia is interested in contemporary Mexican literature and gender studies. During her spare time she enjoys going to the movies, taking long walks, and drinking coffee.







Alvaro Villar Cobo


Álvaro is a PhD student from Jaén, Spain. He completed his bachelor studies in Translation and Interpreting, both in German and English, at the Universidad de Granada. Later on, he moved to the United States, where he finished an MA in Foreign Languages and Pedagogy at the University of Delaware. His interests revolve around social justice, Spanish Civil War, Second Language Acquisition and multicultural communications.