Hispanic Studies


Brown’s Department of Hispanic Studies is a vibrant, close-knit, and dynamic community of award-winning faculty members and acclaimed scholars who also excel in the classroom.


Visiting/Affiliated Faculty

Graduate Students

  • Bravo Portrait

    Abel Castaño Bravo

    Ph.D. Student from Córdoba, Spain

    Abel Castaño holds a Bachelor's degree in Translation and Interpreting from University of Córdoba as well as a postgraduate in American Studies from Smith College and a postgraduate in Teaching Modern Foreign Languages from University of Chichester, UK. He is interested in literature of the Venezuelan diaspora. 


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    Ben Easton

    Ph.D. Student from Akron, Ohio

    Ben Easton received his BA in Spanish and English Literature from the University of Notre Dame in 2018 and an MA in Iberian and Latin American Literatures in 2019. His research deals primarily with the institutional construction of imperial subjects as represented in Early Modern Iberian Literature, with a special interest in the picaresque novel.

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    Ana Garriga

    Ph.D. Student from Spain

    Ana Garriga received her BA in Spanish Philology from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and completed her Masters in Hispanic Literature at the same university. After her masters, she spent six months at UC Berkeley as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Her current interests include the crisis of representation of the Baroque (both in Spain and Spanish America), early modern notions of truth and falsehood, the economic crisis of Spain in the seventeenth century, alchemy, and material culture. She has also worked on Saint Teresa of Avila and the practice of letter-writing in the early modern period.

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    Giovanna Gobbi Alves Araújo

    Ph.D. Student from São Paulo, Brazil

    Giovanna Gobbi Alves Araújo holds a B.A. and a B.Ed. in Languages and Literatures from the Universidade de São Paulo, where she also got her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Brazilian Literature. She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2018-2019, and a scholar-in-residence at the Biblioteca Brasiliana Guita and José Mindlin between 2019 and 2022. Her current research interests include 19th- and 20th-century Hispanic American literature and iconography, (counter)hegemonic aesthetic paradigms, the representation of nature and the observation of environmental change, and the impact of extractive capitalism and imperialism in Latin America.

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    Alba Lara Granero

    Ph.D. Student from Spain

    Alba Lara Granero holds both a BA in Spanish philology (2011) and an MAT (2012) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. After three years dedicated to secondary education, she was awarded an Iowa Arts Fellowship to pursue an MFA in Spanish Creative Writing (2016) at the University of Iowa. Her current research interests include women's writing, feminism, critical theory, medieval and early modern female authors, and contemporary literature. 

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    Jamila Medina Ríos

    Ph.D. Student from Holguín, Cuba

    Jamila Medina Ríos received both her BA in Hispanic Philology and MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Havana. Her graduate thesis, Diseminaciones de Calvert Casey (Letras Cubana, 2011), addresses the work of this American-Cuban in a genetic context, as a mythical rewriting between eros and thanatos. In her master's thesis, she proposes the existence of a Cuban revolutionary sociolect, its hybridization with the chronotope of the French Revolution, and its presentation in the poetry and theater of Nara Mansur. She currently explores the reenactment of the mambí corpus in Cuban art and literature today.

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    Yasmin Murray

    Ph.D. student from Devon, England

    Yaz Murray received her M.A. in Spanish and History from the University of Edinburgh in 2018 and completed her M.Phil. in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2019. She is currently interested in disability studies, ecocriticism, and conceptualizations of the non-human in contemporary Latin American literature and cultural production. 

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    David Parsard

    Ph.D. Student from New York City

    David Parsard received both his BA and MA in Spanish language and literature from CUNY Hunter College. His master’s thesis discussed expressions of identity and neoplatonic notions of love in Feliciano de Silva’s romance of chivalry Amadís de Grecia. His current interests include 16 th century Spanish chivalric romances, early modern conceptions of identity, self-fashioning, and visions of the Conquest of the Americas.

  • Irene Rihuete Varea

    Ph.D. Student from Spain

    Irene Rihuete Varea completed her BA in Film and Media Studies in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, with a minor in Political Science. She then received an MA in Film Studies from King's College London. Her interests include Latin American and Spanish cinemas, postcolonial studies, public memory and affect.

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    Roberto Rodríguez Reyes

    Ph.D. Student from Cuba

    Roberto Rodríguez Reyes received his BA from the University of Havana in 2010, and an MA in Hispanic American Literature from El Colegio de San Luis (Mexico). His undergraduate thesis discussed the idea of the “total novel”, theorized and practiced by Latin American Boom authors, within the work of Roberto Bolaño. His master’s thesis was on the conception of evil in the novels of the Mexican writer José Revueltas. His most recent book is the critical texts compilation of Roberto Bolaño (Casa de las Américas, 2019). He is co-founder and editor of the project Rialta. He manages and edits the Rialta Archive.

  • Carmen Urbita Ibarreta

    Ph.D. Student from Spain

    Carmen Urbita Ibarreta holds a BA in Comparative Literature from King's College London and completed her MSt in Modern Languages (Spanish & French) at Oxford University. Among her research interests are early modern peninsular and colonial culture, early modern women's writing, reading and writing practices and the body.

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    Luz Velasco Oropeza

    Ph.D. Student from Mexico City

    Luz Velasco Oropeza holds a B.A. from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Latin American Literature. She is interested in 20th and 21st century Latin American poetry; particularly in exile poetry written by Latin American female writers living in the United States. She is also interested in performance art, intermediality, literary theory, the concept of body, and the questioning of artistic and political borders.

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    María Victoria Taborelli

    Ph.D. Student from Buenos Aires, Argentina

    María Victoria Taborelli holds a BA in Letras and a BA in Literary Teaching from Universidad de Buenos Aires. Her current interests include intertextualities present in Post-dictatorship Latin American narratives and performing arts, women's writing, memory of collective traumas, literary theory and literary education.

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    Molly Wagschal

    Ph.D. student from Bloomington, Indiana

    Molly Wagschal received her BA in Comparative Literature & Society from Columbia University in 2022, and has since worked as an in-house translator and copywriter in Barcelona. Her academic interests include the poetry of exiled Republicans (specifically women) during and after the Spanish Civil War, as well as Catalan studies, literary translation, and the relationships between exile, translation, and gender.