Ph.D. Student in Spanish

Advised by Professor Irene Gómez-Castellano and Professor Juan Carlos González-Espitia | Dey 301A

At UNC Since 2013


M.A., Spanish Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
B.A., Foreign Languages and Literatures in Spanish and German, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2013
B.A., Theatre, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2013


Rhi is a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Irene Gómez Castellano and Dr. Juan Carlos González Espitia. Her research revolves around Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century narrative and verse in Spain and Spanish America, with a focus on medical discourses, the confluence of scientific texts and culture, and female subjectivity.


  • “Olfaction and Social Illness in the Prostituta Tetralogy by Eduardo López Bago.” Romance Quarterly, vol. 66, no. 2, 2019, pp. 59–69
  • “Mourning Weeds: Objects of Desire and Objects of Death in María by Jorge Isaacs.” Decimonónica 14.1 (2017).
  • “Birthing an Epistemological Shift: The Discursive Function of Eighteenth-Century Obstetrics.” Dieciocho 39.1 (2016).
  • Review of Writing Aids: (Re)Conceptualizing the Individual and Social Body in Spanish American Literature by Jody Parys, Romance Notes 55 (2015): 167-169.
  • Review of Unnatural Reproduction and Monstrosity: The Birth of the Monster in Literature, Film, and Media by Andrea Wood and Brandy Schillace, Journal of Gothic Studies (Forthcoming).
  • Poetry selection published in the Ester Republic by the Literacy Council of the North (Spring 2011).

Conference Presentations

  • “Reflecting on the self: Phenomenological Self-Construction and Gender at the Margin.” Buried but Not Dead: Unanthologized Texts Mapping the Cultural Terrain of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Spain, MLA 2019
  • “What Flows Through the Sewers: Olfaction and Social Illness in Eduardo López Bago.” Carolina Conference of Romance Studies, 2016.
  • “Visual Scaffolding for a Listening Practice.” Foreign Language Association of North Carolina Conference, 2015.
  • “The Grotesque Gendering of Creative Performance in of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, 2015.
  • “Written in Their Flesh: Sexual Violence and Honor Rhetoric as Strategies of Narrative Development.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, 2014.
  • “The reasons why.” Last Frontier Theatre Conference, 2013.
  • “Heartbreak City.” UAF Playwrighters’ Workshop, 2012.

Courses Taught at UNC

  • SPAN 105 – Elementary Spanish I-II
  • SPAN 203 – Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 204 – Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 255 – Conversation I
  • SPAN 265 – Spanish Language and Culture for the Professions
  • SPAN 300 – Spanish Composition and Grammar Review
  • SPAN 261 – Advanced Spanish in Context
  • PORT 101 – Elementary Portuguese I
  • PORT 102 – Elementary Portuguese II
  • WMST101 – TA for Introduction to Women’s Studies