My dissertation, Latina Imprints and Impressions: A Study of Contemporary Popular Fiction for Latina Readers, examines the production and consumption of contemporary Latina popular fiction novels published predominantly in English with commercial presses and marketed specifically to Latina readers. These novels, also known as “chica lit,” illustrate an important shift within Latina/o literature and women’s genre fiction, whereby a growing interest in the Latina/o market has influenced the development of commercial women’s fiction marketed to Latina women and girls. This study offers insight into how mass production and niche marketing influence emerging Latina/o cultural productions, how identity formations are conceptualized by new generations of Latina writers who are using both commercial presses and online communication networks for the distribution of their work, and how Latina women and girls engage with these texts as readers.
Education: MA, American Studies, Brown University (2006); BA, Creative Arts, San José State University, (2005)
Research Interests: Latina/o Literature, Theory and Cultural Production, Comparative Ethnic Studies and Women of Color, Feminist Theory and Cultural Production, American Popular Culture.
Latina Popular Culture: Mujeres in Art, Performance, and Print (Spring 2008)
Selected Professional Experience:
Co-Curator, Emancipated Memories: Uncovering the Hidden Faces of Slavery, Brown University, February 2009.
Curatorial Team Member, Sex, Love, and Rockets: Los Bros Hernandez’s Graphic Art, Brown University, February 2007.