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I specialize in 20th and 21st century Mexican and Latin American Film and Cultural Studies.

I am currently at work on a monograph, Starscapes: Youth, Modernity, and Media in Mexico, which traces the emotional and affective mediations of popular Mexican youth stars alongside processes of modernization and the changing media landscape in Mexico from 1950-1996.

I am also the co-editor of The Lost Cinema of Mexico, with Brian Price, a volume that redefines scholarly conversations on post-Golden Age Mexican film studies.


  • 2020, PhD, Spanish (Latin American Cultural & Literary Studies), The Ohio State University
  • 2017, Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization, Film Studies, The Ohio State University
  • 2016, MA, Spanish (Latin American Literatures & Cultures), The Ohio State University
  • 2014, BA, Latin American Studies & Spanish, Summa Cum Laude, Washington University in St. Loui


  • Best Graduate Student Essay Award (2019-2020), LASA Film Studies Section, for “Haunted Bodies: Spectrality, Gender Violence and the Central American Female Migrant in Recent Mexican Cinema
  • Graduate Associate Teaching Award, The Graduate School, Ohio State, university-wide “highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students”, 2019


  • Spanish 4
  • Portuguese 2
  • French 2

Overseas Experience

  • Mexico

Selected Publications

  • “Writing from the Gut: Embodied Spectatorship and Violence in Contemporary Mexican Cinema.” Special Dossier: New approaches to Mexican cinema, ed. Adela Pineda Franco, Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas vol. 18, no. 3, 2021, pp. 365-76.
  • “Slower Cinema: Violence, Affect, and Spectatorship in Las elegidas.” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 60, no. 3, Spring 2021, pp. 58-78.
  • “Haunted Bodies: Spectrality, Gender Violence and the Central American Female Migrant in Recent Mexican Cinema.” iMex Revista, año 8, no. 16, 2019, pp. 41-54.

Recent Publications

  • “Un cine familiar: Recovering the 1980s Mexican Family Film.” The Lost Cinema of Mexico: From Lucha Libre to Cine Familiar and Other Churros, edited by Olivia Cosentino and Brian Price, University of Florida Press, 2022, pp. 166-191.
  • “Serious Camp: Juan Gabriel’s Queer Repertoire in ¿Qué le dijiste a Dios?” Domestic Labor in Twenty-First Century Latin American Cinema, edited by Elizabeth Osborne and Sofía Ruíz-Alfaro, Palgrave MacMillan, 2020, pp. 99-120.
  • “Starring Mexico: Female Stardom, Age and Mass Media Trajectories in the 20th Century.” The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Latin American Culture, edited by Frederick Luis Aldama, Routledge, 2018, pp. 196-205.
  • “Configuring Desire and Social Order in the Contemporary Mexican Youth Road Film.” The Latin American Road Movie, edited by Verónica Garibotto and Jorge Pérez, Palgrave MacMillan, 2016, pp. 195-214.

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Central America, Mesoamerica