Academic Positions

  • Present 2016

    Instructor of Spanish

    The University of Alabama, Department Modern Languages and Classics

  • 2016 2014

    Assistant Professor of Spanish

    Southern Utah University, Department of Language and Philosophy

  • 2014 2009

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    University of Miami, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

  • 2009

    Instructor of Spanish

    The University of Alabama, Department of Modern Languages and Classics

  • 2008 2007

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    The University of Alabama, Department of Modern Languages and Classics


  • Ph.D. 2014

    Romance Studies

    University of Miami

  • M.A.2008


    The University of Alabama

  • B.A.2007

    Spanish and Art History

    The University of Alabama

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2017
    Non-Tenure Track Faculty Grant
    Presented by the Latin American Studies Association, Awarded to attend the 2017 XXXV Latin American Studies Association Congress, Lima, Peru
  • 2016
    SUU Influencer Award, Southern Utah University
    Presented on behalf of the SUU Division of Student Affairs and Career & Professional Development Center in Recognition for dedicated service and leadership for the benefit and influence of the lives of SUU Students.
  • 2015
    Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Grant
    Grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association ($3,000). With these funds, we will screen four episodes of the PBS series Latino Americans: 500 Year of History. In the spring of 2016, we will host author and performer Josefina Báez at SUU. Co-awarded with Dr. Iliana Portaro.
  • 2015
    Professor of the Year Nominee, Southern Utah University
    This award acknowledges professors who are engaged in writing, research, advising, mentoring and helping to maintain a functional university while still providing thought provoking instruction to students.
  • 2014
    Graduate Student Exemplar Nominee, University of Miami Graduate School Awards
    The Graduate Student Exemplar award recognizes a graduating student who excelled academically, and has either overcome tremendous odds to be successful, or has consistently made contributions that benefits others. This student’s service, leadership or other distinctive efforts may have been to the campus, local, national or international community.
  • 2012
    Tenth Annual Feministas Unidas Graduate Student Essay Prize Competition Winner
    The purpose of the essay prize is to promote feminist scholarship by those who are entering the profession and are currently graduate students. The prize is the product of collaboration between Feministas Unidas and the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). The selection committee is drawn from officers and members of Feministas Unidas and the editorial board of Letras Femeninas.
  • 2012
    Outstanding Graduate Student Award, University of Miami Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
    Awarded yearly to a graduate student in Modern Languages and Literatures with outstanding publications, conference presentations, and research.
  • 2009
    University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellow
    Awarded a full tuition waiver plus a $30,000 stipend for five years. Only five students were selected for this fellowship in 2009. Graduate program directors submit their nominations to the Graduate School. Graduate School committees make the final selections across all departments in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami.
  • 2008
    Member Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society, The University of Alabama
    Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of South Carolina, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and partners with the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Estudio Internacional Sampere, the Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos Benjamin Franklin, the Universidad Veritas, the International Association of Hispanists and the North American Academy of the Spanish Language. Founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1919.