Graduate Faculty

Graduate Faculty


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    • Karen E. Bishop
    • Associate Professor
    • Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara
    • Office: AB- 5179
    • Phone: 848.932.6802
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    Karen Elizabeth Bishop was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers University in 2012. She was formerly a New Faculty Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (2010-2012) and Lecturer in History & Literature at Harvard University (2008-2010). She earned her doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara with specializations in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literatures in Spanish, English and French. She spent a year as a researcher at the École normale supérieure in Paris, and four years teaching and working as a translator in Sevilla, Spain.


    Her research focuses on Argentine and Chilean literature, human rights, torture, the ethics of close reading, translation studies, architecture, and cartography. Select publications include work in the Journal of Modern Literature, the Journal of Transnational American Studies, Translation Review, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Translation, the Bulletin of Latin American Research, and the Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature. Her current book projects include The Space of Disappearance, a study on the representation of disappearance in literature from the Southern Cone, and an edited collection that examines the cartographical necessity of exile, Cartographies of Exile, forthcoming from Routledge in 2015. She maintains a website at <>.


    • Bonnie Butler
    • Assistant Teaching Professor
    • Ph.D., Rutgers University
    • Office: AB- 5169
    • Phone: 848.932.6969
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    Dr. Butler's research area is Contemporary Peninsular Narrative and ekphrasis.


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    • Joseph Casillas
    • Assistant Professor
    • Ph.D., University of Arizona
    • Office: AB-5174
    • Phone: 848.932.6930
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    • Maria Castelo Millan
    • Teaching Instructor
    • M.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    • Phone: 848.932.9323
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    Areas of Teaching:

    Online courses for Elementary Spanish 101 and Intermediate Spanish 131.


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    • Daniel Da Silva
    • Office: AB-5180
    • Phone: 848.932.6968
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    Daniel da Silva received his Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures from Columbia University in 2019, as well as a Certificate in Feminist Scholarship from the Institute of Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality in 2016. Coming to Rutgers University is a homecoming of sorts, after receiving a B.A. in History with a minor in Lusophone World Cultures at Rutgers University, Newark, in 2012. Da Silva’s interests in music, Lusophone cultures, and queer performance were cultivated through his youth growing up in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood, then as a performer of music with albums and regional tours throughout the Northeast, and during a decade working in New York’s music industry scenes. These experiences continue to inform his research of popular, gay, trans, queer and feminist Portuguese-language music and performance, and the nonnormative artists and desires he works to amplify.


    Daniel da Silva’s research specializes in gender, sexuality, race, performance and popular music in the Portuguese-speaking world. His forthcoming book, Trans Tessituras: Transatlantic and Transgender Bodies of Luso-Afro-Brazilian Popular Musicanalyzes contemporary queer artists in Brazil, Portugal and Angola to reveal how they transgress and remake the gendered conventions of Portuguese-language popular music genres by pulling at national and transatlantic histories and codifications of race, gender and sexuality. A second manuscript, Favela Feminism,also forthcoming, shows how feminism in Brazil is connected to the histories, work and desires of black and Afro-Brazilian cis, trans, and gender-nonconforming women through the favelaand the genres of music and performance born out of favelapractices.


    2018    “Unbearable Fadistas: António Variações and Fado as Queer Praxis.” Journal of Lusophone Studies3.1(2018): pp. 124-147.

    2019    “Black Mothers and Black Boats: Queer, Indigenous and Afro-Brazilian Intersections in Ney Matogrosso’s ‘Mãe Preta (Barco Negro).’” Journal of Lusophone Studies4.1(2019): pp. 208-229.

    2019    “Transgender Voices: Of Vanishing Woods, Bodies and Breath,” Out & About Blog,Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, May 8.


    2019    “Fado’s Unbearable Voices: Female, Bicha and Black,” MLA International Symposium, Universidade Católica, Lisbon, Portugal.

    2019    “Black Mothers and Black Boats: Queer, Indigenous, and Afro-Brazilian Intersections in Ney Matogrosso’s ‘Mãe Preta (Barco
               Negro),’” MLA Chicago

    2018    “Rethinking Gender,” Festival Albertine 2018 Re-Imagining Democracy, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York

    2017   “Death and Futurity: Queer Interventions in Clarice Lispector,” The Clarice Factor: Aesthetics, Gender, and Diaspora in Brazil, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures with Instituto  Moreira Salles, Columbia University

    2016   “Dissident Folk: Protest and Performance against Austerity in Portugal,” Portuguese Honor Society, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth


    2018    Graduate Fellowship, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality

    2017    Elevitch Quasi Endowment Fellowship for Dissertation Chapter: “Angolan Trans Formations,” Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University

    2012    Graduate School of Arts and Science Fellowship 2012-2019, Columbia University

    2011    Phi Beta Kappa


    American Portuguese Studies Association
    Brazilian Studies Association
    Latin American Studies Association
    Modern Language Association
    National Women’s Studies Association
    African Studies Association
    Portuguese Honor Society




    Hoon Kim has been teaching classes of composition, culture and literature for twenty years. His areas of interest are Latin American film and popular culture and the history of Modern Spain.


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    • Yeon-Soo Kim
    • Associate Professor
    • Ph.D. Yale University
    • Office: AB-5170
    • Phone: 848.932.6828
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    Professor Kim specializes in contemporary Spanish literature and  culture. Her monograph, The Family Album: Histories, Subjectivities and Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Culture (2005), is an original study of the family album as a critical medium through which to  reconsider the attitudes of Spanish society toward its dictatorial past and the Spanish transition to democracy.

    Her forthcoming Asia and the Asians in the Contemporary Spanish Imaginary investigates the ways  in which contemporary narratives, travel writings and films make efforts to avoid exoticizing Asia and Asians and yet establish new  types of exoticism in which difference and otherness are undermined by  the Self's own cultural effacement. In order to interpret the various types of contemporary exoticism, she scrutinizes travel writings about Asia written shortly after Spain's loss of the Philippines and during Franco when Spain had no substantial contact or interest in Asia.

    Kim has also published articles that analyze ethical positions in the visual and narrative representations of immigrants.


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    • Jorge Marcone
    • Associate Professor
    • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
    • Office: AB- 5163
    • Phone: 848.932.6815
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    Environmental Humanities in/of Latin America and Spain.

    The EH focuses on the far-reaching implications of local or planetary environmental crises and conflicts for ontology, epistemology, ethics, hermeneutics, and aesthetics. For instance, the understanding of ourselves as members of multispecies communities, or as actors in networks of human and nonhumans that emerge through the entanglements of agential beings. In turn, this conclusion offers a new perspective for the study of the representation of nature and places in the archives, repertoires, and traditions of the Humanities. And for theorizing the interface between texts, audio/visual media, performances and interventions, on the one hand, and the environment and the non-human, on the other.

    One of Jorge's research projects focuses on the impact of popular and indigenous environmentalisms in current ecological thinking, including ecological approaches to Latin American and Spanish literary and cultural studies. Their ontologies and axiologies on the interrelationships between humans and nonhumans. Their affinities with theories of sustainability and community resilience to environmental change. Documentary films.

    Another line of research is devoted to the literature, film, and arts of Amazonia. Given its prominent role in the planet’s ecology and ecological imagination, the Amazon’s literary and artistic traditions are particularly rich on creative expressions that reconsider the human experience and its identity in light of the question of its interconnectedness with nature under colonization and modernization. Amazonia in national literatures, travel literature, and world literature.

    Jorge has also published or taught on ecology and the Spanish American Regional Novel, Mexican literature, Chicana literature, Pablo Neruda, José Emilio Pacheco, among others.

    Research by former and current graduate students include: ecology and British informal imperialism in the Spanish American Regional Novel; the chronicle and the Latin American city; ecology in colonial Caribbean texts; urban ecology, environmental justice and sustainability in contemporary Latin American and Latino literatures; a history of ecology and environmentalism in Spanish American literature; Amazonia in Peruvian and Brazilian literatures; Southern Cone Poetry and the “environmental turn” since the 1970s; indigenismo and indigenous films in Peru and Bolivia; among others.



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    • Susan Martin-Marquez
    • Professor
    • Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
    • Office: AB- 5173
    • Phone: 848.932.6917
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    Website: Prof. Martin-Márquez

    Professor Martin-Márquez's research and teaching center on modern Spanish Peninsular cultural studies and Spanish-language film.  She teaches courses on world cinema.  Her film-related books include Feminist Discourse and Spanish Cinema: Sight Unseen (Oxford UP, 1999), and the collaborative project, Cinema and Everyday Life in 1940s and 1950s Spain: An Oral History (Berghahn Books, forthcoming 2011). 

    Other scholarly work focuses on questions of coloniality and identity.  Disorientations: Spanish Colonialism in Africa and the Performance of Identity (Yale UP, 2008) examines the anxious reformulation of centralist and peripheral national identities resulting from Spaniards' post-Enlightenment rediscovery of their "African inheritance," precisely at a time in which "scientific racism" rose to dominance, and the Spanish nation began investing in new colonial regimes in Africa. 

    Professor Martin-Márquez's current research focuses on alternative and "third cinema" movements of the 1960s; she has also begun a project on transatlantic and transpacific encounters in Spain's penal colonies in Africa. 


    • Olga Nuñez
    • Teaching Instructor
    • M.A. Montclair State University
    • Office: AB-5168
    • Phone: 848.932.6974
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    Teaching Spanish Grammar, languages courses at all levels; linguistic and bilingualism.


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    • Dámaris Otero-Torres
    • Associate Professor /Undergraduate Director
    • Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
    • Office: AB- 5160
    • Phone: 848.932.6874
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    Professor Otero-Torres specializes in Spanish Golden Age literature; cultural and gender studies theory.

    Otero-Torres has published numerous articles on the construction of gendered subjectivities and national identities in the Spanish comedia. Her book Vientre, manos y espíritu: hacia la construcción del sujeto femenino en el Siglo de Oro (Xalapa, Universidad Veracruzana, 2000) maps out reading strategies to deal with the notion of female subjectivities in early modern Spanish culture.

    She is currently working on a book manuscript dealing with issues of authority, authorship and power in Golden Age women writers, primarily on the work of sixteenth-century Spanish philosopher Oliva Sabuco de Nantes.


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    • Laura Ramirez
    • Assistant Teaching Professor
    • Ph.D. University of Valencia
    • Office: AB-5175
    • Phone: 848.932.6904
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    Professor Ramirez's research focuses on computer-aided translation, terminology, global digital marketing, human-machine interaction and new types of digital genres for translation.






    • Suau, Francisca. "How to blend language and ICT in the didactics of scientific translation." Technology Implementation in Second Language Teaching and Translation Studies. . Singapore: Springer, 2016. 229-251. <>.

    • Candel Mora, Miguel Ángel, and Laura Ramírez Polo. "How to blend language and ICT in the didactics of scientific translation translation systems." New Trends in Translation Technologies. . Ed. Pilar Sánchez-Gijón and Bartolomé Mesa-Lao. Peter Lang, 2015. 71-92.

    • "El trabajo colaborativo en terminología y traducción: presente y futuro." Terminología, traducción y TIC: interacción social y trabajo colaborativo para la construcción y difusión del conocimiento. . Granada: Comares, 2014. 57-70.




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    • Nuria Sagarra
    • Associate Professor/Graduate Director (2018-present)
    • Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    • Office: AB- 5177
    • Phone: 848.932.6954
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    Nuria Sagarra’s research straddles the domains of cognitive science, linguistics, and second language acquisition, seeking to identify what factors explain adults’ difficulty learning morphosyntax in a foreign language, with the aim of informing linguistic and cognitive models, as well as instructional practices. She investigates these topics using self-paced reading, eye tracking, and more recently, event-related potentials.

    For more information on Professor Sagarra, please visit NuriaSagarraCV .




    Foreign Language Education




    Marcy Schwartz specializes in 20th century Latin American literature and culture, with particular emphasis on urban studies, exile, photography, and public culture. Her most recent research concerns contemporary reading programs in Latin American cities that rely on public space and urban infrastructure, the topic of her last book. She is currently researching Julio Cortázar’s poetry.

    Motivated by her commitment to the Public Humanities, Schwartz serves on the faculty advisory committee for The Collaborative (Rutgers’ center for public engagement) and on the Public Humanities steering committee. She facilitates short story reading and discussion groups in community settings through the non-profit People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos, and regularly teaches undergraduate service-learning courses. 



    • Public Pages: Reading along the Latin American Streetscape. University of Texas Press, 2018.
    • Voces en off: Traducción y literatura latinoamericana. Universidad de los Andes, 2018. Co-edited wtih Daniel Balderston.
    • Invenciones urbanas: Ficción y ciudad latinoamericanas. Corregidor, 2010.
    • Writing Paris: Urban Topographies of Desire in Contemporary Latin American Fiction. SUNY Press, 1999.
    • Voice-Overs: Translation and Latin American Literature. SUNY Press, 2002. Co-edited with Daniel Balderston.
    • Photography and Writing in Latin America: Double Exposures. University of New Mexico Press, 2006. Co-edited with Mary Beth Tierney-Tello.



    • “Cortázar’s Transitional Poetics: Experiments in Verse behind Experiments in Prose,” in Latin American Literatures in Transition, vol. IV, edited by Amanda Holmes and Parvathi Kumaraswami, Cambridge UP, forthcoming.
    • “Cacerolazos y bibliotecas:  Lectura, solidaridad y espacio público después de la crisis argentina de 2001-2002,” Revista de Humanidades35 (2017), 15-43.
    • “Reading on Wheels:  Stories of Convivencia in the Latin American City,” Latin American Research Review 51.3 (2016): 181-201.
    • “Beyond the Book: New Forms of Women’s Writing,” Cambridge History of Latin American Women Writers, eds. Monica Szurmuk and Ileana Rodríguez, Cambridge UP, 2016, 527-  542.
    • “Instructions for How to Teach the Boom in Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela,” Teaching the Latin American Boom,eds. Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola and Lucille Kerr, New York: MLA, 2015, 83-95.
    • "Spaces for Reading:  A Cartography of Used Books in Urban Latin America,” Journal of UrbanCultural Studies1.3 (2014): 417-42.
    • "A Transnarratological Saga:  Genette on Borges and Publishing Dystopia,” Variaciones Borges 36 (2013): 65-76.
    • “The Right to Imagine: Reading in Community with People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos,”   PMLA 126.3 (2011): 746-52.          



    • Latin American Literary Review
    • Textos Híbridos
    • Telar
    • Journal of Urban Cultural Studies



    • National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, 2015-2016
    • American Council of Learned Societies fellowship, 2014-2015
    • Diversity Innovation Grant from the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Spring 2020
    • Faculty Partner of the Year Award, The Collaborative, 2018
    • Departmental Executive Officers Program, BTAA, 2018-2019
    • Center for Cultural Analysis, Rutgers, Faculty Fellow 2011-2012
    • Center for Latin American Studies research grants, Rutgers, 2010, 2011

    • Ana Paula Serra
    • Assistant Teaching Professor
    • Ph.D. New York University
    • Office: AB- 5175
    • Phone: 848.932.6904

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    Caribbean literature * Latin(o) American theater and performance studies * migration and citizenship * colonialism and race.

    Ph.D. 2000, University of Kansas, Hispanic Literature
    M.A. 1994, University of New Mexico, Hispanic Literature
    B.A. 1992, Tulane University, Latin American Studies and Spanish

    Camilla Stevens holds a joint appointment with the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and is the former director of the Center for Latin American Studies. She specializes in Latin(o) American drama, theater and performance studies, and Caribbean literature. Her research highlights the role of theater in the cultural politics of constructing, defining, and remembering collective identities. Her book Family and Identity in Contemporary Cuban and Puerto Rican Drama offers a comparative analysis of how domestic drama allegorizes divergent views of Cuban and Puerto Rican national experience during the second half of the 20th-century. In Aquí and Allá: Transnational Dominican Theater and Performance, professor Stevens explores how contemporary Dominican theater and performance artists portray a sense of collective belonging shaped by the transnational connections between the homeland and the diaspora. She has also co-edited a two-volume collection of Latin American women playwrights and currently serves on the editorial board of the Latin American Theatre Review




    • 2019. Aquí and Allá: Transnational Dominican Theater and Performance (University Press of Pittsburgh).
    • 2016. Escrito por mujeres.(1951-2010). Vol II. Co-edited anthology of Latin American Women Playwrights. Latin American Theater Today Books (with May Summer Farnsworth and Brenda Werth).
    • 2013. Escrito por mujeres. (1911-1942). Vol I. Co-edited critical anthology of Latin American Women Playwrights. Latin American Theater Today Books (with May Summer Farnsworth and Olga Martha Peña Doria).
    • 2004. Family and Identity in Contemporary Cuban and Puerto Rican Drama (University Press of Florida). 


    • 2016. “Hispanic Caribbean Theatre on the Move: Crossing Borders, Redefining Boundaries.” Latin American Theatre Review 50.1: 11-27.
    • 2014. “Caribbean Drama: A Stage for Cross-Cultural Poetics,” in Re-imagining the Caribbean: Teaching Creole, French, and Spanish Caribbean Literature. Eds. Valérie Orlando and Sandra Cypess. Lexington Books.
    • 2013. “‘Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your Rights’”: Transnational Belonging and Rights of Citizenship in Dominican Theater,” in Imagining Human Rights in Twenty-First Century Theater: Global Perspectives. Eds. Florian Becker, Paola Hernandez, and Brenda Werth. Palgrave.
    • 2009. “Theater Transformations: Reading Race in Abelardo Estorino's Parece blanca,” in Trans/acting: Latin American and Latino Performing Arts. Eds. Jacqueline Bixler and Laurietz Seda. Bucknell University Press.
    • 2007. “Ponernos el espejo por delante: Staging Race in Alejandro Tapia y Rivera’s La cuarterona.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. 31(2): 231-52.
    • 2006. “The Haunted Puerto Rican Stage: Lucy Boscana in Vejigantes and La carreta.” Latin American Theatre Review 38 (1): 5-22. (reprinted in: Revista del Archivo Nacional de Teatro y Cine del Ateneo Puertorriqueño, 2006).



    595:100 Introduction to Caribbean Studies

    595:270 Introduction to Caribbean Literature

    595:341 Theater of the Hispanic Caribbean: Migration and Memory

    595:342 Post-Colonial Caribbean Theater and Performance (as graduate seminar, 940:659)

    940:215 Introducción a la Literatura Hispánica

    940:331 Literatura y Cultura del Caribe Hispano (siglos 15-19)

    940:332 Literatura y Cultura del Caribe Hispano (siglos 20-21)

    940:450 Teatro Hispanoamericano (as graduate seminar, 940:555)


    Website: Prof. Stephens

    A Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey since 1981, Stephens has served as Rutgers’ Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) to the NCAA since 2002. He holds a B.A. in Spanish Education and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from the University of Michigan. His research and teaching focus on race and ethnicity in Latin America and questions of language in social contexts. He is author of Dictionary of Latin American Racial and Ethnic Terminology (University Press of Florida, 1989; 2nd edition, 1999) and A Game of Mirrors: The Changing Face of Ethno-racial Constructs and Language in the Americas (University Press of America, 2003) and of a number of journal articles.


    Currently, Stephens is compiling and editing the 3rd edition of his Dictionary with J. Maddox. This edition consists of hundreds of revisions, additions, and emendations and extends the corpus by including lexical items for categories that some may consider borderline ethnic lexemes, e.g., gays, lesbians, prostitutes, pimps, etc., as they relate to other racial and ethnic concepts. In addition, with M. Makris, he is working on a manuscript tentatively titled Convenient Untruths: Language, Race, Ethnicity, and Racism in a Non-Post-Racial Latin America. The latter project treats various topics relating to real language use and cultural cues that trigger racial, if not racist, reactions.


    Stephens, who assists his Department as Assistant Graduate Director, has served on many departmental, college, university, and national committees, including the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Executive Committee of the American Portuguese Studies Association, the Executive Committee of the Brazilian Studies Association, the Executive Board of the 1A FAR, t he Executive Board of the Faculty Athletics Representative Association, the Academic Oversight Committee for Intercollegiate Athletics at Rutgers, and the Big East Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as FAR liaison.


    • Celines Villalba-Rosado
    • Assistant Teaching Professor/Language Coordinator
    • Ph.D. New York University
    • Office: AB-5167
    • Phone: 848.932.6877
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