38413_784798086477_663589_nI am an Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral History Education Fellow and Ph.D. candidate studying Early Modern and Modern History at Fordham University in New York City. I study cultural history, the production of space, and everyday dissent in youth and subaltern cultures in contemporary history. I have researched, presented, and written internationally on questions related to the creation of democratic and pluralistic spaces. I am especially interested in youth culture in the 1960s and  80s, and the culture of the Spanish “Movida Madrileña”.

 

 

Courses taught:

paintingbohemiantitlePainting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life, HIST 3548; Fall 2014

This digital humanities course examines the emergence of bohemian culture through a study of gender, race, class, and nationalism in modernity. With a wide-ranging chronological and geographical scope, the selected bohemias represent diverse spatial, aesthetic, economic, political, and social histories. This class will also look at the urban spaces where bohemian culture is found, analysing its intersections with bourgeois and marginal cultures. Students will study primary source documents, secondary texts, and graphic novels. Students will maintain a website, create interactive maps and other digital content, record oral histories, and actively use social media to explore bohemian cultures found in New York City.

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Understanding Historical Change: Early Modern Europe, or, Murder! Treason! Equality! and Terror!, HIST 1075.; Spring 2013

This course focuses on European history from the “Renaissance” through the French Revolution. Themes covered will include: colonialism; human rights; national identity and its construction; conflicts between ideals of liberalism and conservatism; mercantilism, capitalism, anarchism; race; genders and sexualities; conflicts between ideals of political control of the many vs. political control of the few; and questions about the construction of social classes. Supplementary texts include primary sources, films and scholarly articles.

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Understanding Historical Change: Modern Europe, HIST 1000; Spring 2012, Fall 2012 (2 sections), Fall 2014, Spring 2015

This course considers European history since just before the French Revolution. Analysing European cities and visual culture, primary themes covered will include: national identity and its construction; conflicts between ideals of liberalism and conservatism; capitalism and those of planned economies; race; genders and sexualities; (post)colonialism; and questions about European identity. Supplementary texts include primary sources, films and scholarly articles.

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Composition and Rhetoric II: Bohemians, Beats, Hippies, Punk Rockers! & Millennials, ENG 1102; Fall 2013, Spring 2014

This is an intensive course in expository writing that aims to teach you to write effectively by using correct grammar, sound logic, and persuasive rhetoric. Though we will read and discuss writing by a variety of authors, your own writing will be the primary focus in this class.Through your writing, revision, reading, and class discussion, you will analyze the relationship between writing and thinking. To aid you in this endeavor, this course will introduce you to various research techniques, including the use of the library, the conventions and principles of documentation, the art of synthesis, and the analysis of sources.With the primary focus of the course being bettering students’ rhetorical and logical skills, the class will focus on bohemian and youth cultures in modernity, debating issues of gender, race, class, nationalism, consumer culture and technology.

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I have also received a Santander Summer Fellowship, and fellowships from Fordham University, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Swann Foundation at the United States Library of Congress. I hold an M.A. in History, a B.A.I.S. in International/European Studies, and a B.A. in Spanish Literature. In my spare time, I am an advocate for children’s rights, write poetry, and make comic books and zines.

I completed my undergraduate work between Texas and Valladolid, Spain, with degrees in European Studies and Spanish Literature. I was honoured to give the student commencement address to my graduating class.

If I could choose any way to spend my day it most likely would be at some nameless café in some unknown corner of the world while reading a comic book, writing, reading a novel, listening to NPR or reading the New York Times online. In my free time I draw, read, write, and try to update BurntCitrus—which isn’t always as often as I would like…

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