I am a researcher and teacher working on the relationship between cultural institutions, political ideologies and aesthetic representation in literature, cinema, gastronomy and other forms of cultures. The particular focus of my work is Mexico, but I often branch out to the study of Latin American and global production.
I am based in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. I am the Jarvis Thurston and Mona van Duyn Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. I hold appointments in the Latin American Studies Program and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, as well as a courtesy appointment in the Program of Film and Media Studies. I was born in Mexico City, and have lived in the United States since 2001.
I was appointed to be the Kluge Chair of the Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress in 2020, and served in the position in the summer of 2021.
Professionally, I have served in the Modern Language Association as member of the Executive Council, Trustee and president of the forums on Mexican Cultural Studies and Latin American Literature since 1900. I have also been the President of the Association for the Studies of the Arts of the Present, and Co-Chair of the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies.
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Recent Blog Posts
- The Book Club as Pedagogical Tool
- An Exercise in Criticism and Reciprocity
- World Literature as State Project and Everyday Practice
- Personal Stories of Film Spectatorship
- Notes on “Cantinflas and World Literature”
Mexican Literature as World Literature. Bloomsbury. October 7, 2021.
“Remedial Humanities. On Roosevelt Montás’s Rescuing Socrates.” Los Angeles Review of Books. May 23, 2022
“La novela contemporánea y los territorios en disputa.” Ínsula 903 (2022): 23-26.
“Felipe Cazals. The Question of the FIlm Auteur in the Age of Cinematic Crisis.” The Lost Cinema of Mexico. From Lucha Libre to Cine Familiar and Other Churros. Eds. Olivia Cosentino and Brian Price. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2022: 192-218.
“The Poetics of Gastronomic History. Salvador Novo’s Cocina Mexicana.” Food Studies in Latin American Literature. Perspectives on the Gastronarrative. Eds. Vanesa Miseres and Rocío del Águila. Little Rock: University of Arkansas Press, 2021: 191-204