Ph.D. Graduate in Spanish

Advised by Professor Oswaldo Estrada

Current Position: Assistant Spanish Professor at Michigan State University.


Education

P.hD., Literatures, Languages, and Cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018
M.A., Spanish, Texas A&M International University, 2012
B.A., Spanish, Texas A&M International University, 2010

Bio

Alejandra completed her Ph.D at UNC. Her research interests include contemporary Latin American literature, contemporary Mexican crónica, gendered narratives of northern Mexico, gender identity and transgressions in contemporary Mexican literature and popular culture, depictions of state-sponsored violence, and Latin American film.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Obesidad, belleza y mirada masculina en Vapor (2004) de Julieta García González.” Latin American Literary Review 45.89 (2018): 21-27.
  • “Traces of Lesbianism in Cristina Rivera Garza’s La cresta de Ilión (2002) and Valeria Luiselli’s Los ingrávidos (2011)” (1991).” iMex. México Interdisciplinario / Interdisciplinary Mexico 13.1 (2018): 60-72.
  • “Intermitencias de género y sexualidad en la crónica mexicana contemporánea.” Chasqui. Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana 46.2 (2017): 48-60.
  • “Historia, mito y calle en Muertes de Aurora de Gerardo de la Torre.” Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea 58 (2013): XV-XXI.

Book Chapters

  • “‘Allá derecho encuentras algo’: mujeres y violencia en tres narrativas de la frontera.” Senderos de violencia. Latinoamérica y sus narrativas armadas. Ed. Oswaldo Estrada. Valencia: Albatros (Serie Palabras de América). 2015. 59-79.

Book Reviews

  • México’s Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-American Women by Christine B. Arce.” Hispanófila (2018) (Forthcoming).
  • The Avowal of Difference: Queer Latino American Narratives by Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui.” MIFLC Review 17 (2016): 121-24.
  • La Generación XXX: Entrevistas con veinte escritores mexicanos nacidos en los 70. De Abenshushan a Xoconostle by Emily Hind.” Romance Notes 54 (2014): 161-63.

Notes

  • “El feminismo en los tiempos del odio.” Feminopraxis. June 10th 2017. Web

Conference Presentations

  • Imagining an Intersectional Lesbian Feminist Academic Praxis.” National Women’s Studies Association Conference. Baltimore, MD. November 16-19, 2017.
  • “Masculinidad femenina en Sandra, secreto amor” (2001) de Reyna Barrera y “¡Pantera! ¡Pantera!” (2010) de Elena Madrigal. Tercer Coloquio Internacional de Escrituras Sáficas. Colegio De México. Mexico City. July 27-28, 2017.
  • Queer Subjects in the Contemporary Mexican Chronicle.” Modern Language Association Convention. Philadelphia, PA. January 5-7, 2017.
  • Todos somos mexicanos: Hecho en México y la representación de los pueblos indígenas.” LAGO Graduate Student Conference. Tulane University. New Orleans, LA. February 5-7, 2015.
  • Belleza, enfermedad y la mirada masculina en Vapor, de Julieta García González.” XIX Congreso de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea. El Paso, TX. April 6-8, 2014.
  • Historia, mito y calle en Muertes de Aurora (1980) de Gerardo de la Torre.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. April 17-20, 2013.
  • Homonormatividad, deconstrucción de género e inversión de la jerarquía heterosexual en La virgen de los sicarios de Fernando Vallejo.” Vergara and Guillermo Benavidez Z Academic Conference. Texas A&M International University. Laredo, TX. March 21-22, 2013.
  • Un acercamiento a La virgen de los sicarios de Fernando Vallejo desde la teoría queer.” Texas A&M Pathways Symposium. Texas A&M University at Galveston. Galveston, TX. November 9-10, 2012.
  • José Kozer: La dualidad del exilio.” Roundtable with José Kozer. Texas A&M International University. Laredo, TX. November 14th, 2011.
  • El secuestro” and “El mensaje” (short stories) 1st Prize for Graduate Presentation in the Area of Humanities. Lamar Bruni Vergara and Guillermo Benavides Z Academic Conference. Laredo, TX. April 7-8, 2011.

Awards/Honors

  • Mellon Conference Travel Award. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute for the Study of the Americas. 2017.
  • Provost’s Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Life Summer Research Award. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Summer 2017.
  • Dana B. Drake Research Travel Award. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Romance Studies. Summer 2017.
  • Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 2016-2017.
  • Mellon Dissertation Grant. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute for the Study of the Americas. Summer 2016, Summer 2017.
  • Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship in Lesbian Studies. Yale University. New Haven, CT. May 16-20, 2016.
  • Future Faculty Development Program. Virginia Tech University. Blacksburg, VA. January 12-14, 2016.
  • Initiative for Minority Excellence Travel Award. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. February 2015.
  • Lamar Bruni Vergara Educational Assistance Scholarship. Texas A&M International University. 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Courses Taught

  • Span 101 Elementary Spanish I
  • Span 105 Spanish for High Beginners
  • Span 203 Intermediate Spanish
  • Span 321 Spanish for the Medical Professions
  • Span 344 Latin@ American Cultural Topics
  • Span 361 Hispanic Film