Graduate Students

Ciara Raczyk


Ph.D. Spanish, University of Virginia (in progress)

M.A.  Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Studies, Universidad de Sevilla (2023)

B.A.  Modern Languages and Literatures (Spanish and English), Universitat de Barcelona (2022)

Kazara Xavier Williams


Ph.D. Spanish, University of Virginia (in progress)

B.A. Hispanic Linguistics & Global Studies, UNC Chapel Hill (2022)

Research Interests

Latin American Literature & Culture

Literary Translation Studies

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Queer Literatur

Honors & Awards

Dean’s Doctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia (2020-2025)

Elizabeth Mirabal


Ph.D. Spanish, University of Virginia (in progress)

Bachelor of Arts, University of Havana, Cuba: Journalism

Research Interests

  • Diaspora, Displacement, Exile and Life-Writing in Latin American and the Caribbean

  • 19th- and 20st- Century Caribbean, Latin American and Latinx Literatures

  • Nostalgia and Homelessness

  • Affective Theory

  • Cuban Studies

Josue Morales


B.A. in Peace and Global Studies, Earlham College (2021)

P.h.D. in Spanish, University of Virginia  (in progress)

Research Interests 

Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean 

Decolonial and Postcolonial Studies

20th Century Latin American Literature

Continental Philosophy and Film Theory


Spanish Language and Literature. Lycee Taiba ICS, Mboro, Senegal. 2015-2016. 

Eliud Encarnación Segura



B.A. Spanish (Letras), magna cum laude, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (2020)

Research Interests

● Early Modern and Colonial Literary-Cultural Hispanic Studies

● Spanish Golden Age.

● Body, Science, and Colonial Spaces

● Aesthetics and the Iberian Atlantic

● Pedro Henríquez Ureña.

● Contemporary Dominican Literature

Robert Sanchis-Álvarez


Ph.D. Spanish, University of Virginia (in progress)

Urban Design Program Certificate (Urban History track). University of Virginia School of Architecture (in progress)

M.A. in Advanced Studies in Spanish and Latin American Literature. University of Barcelona (2019)

B.A. Hispanic Studies & Linguistics. University of Barcelona (2017)

Research Interests:

Carlos Velazco Fernández


Ph.D. Spanish, University of Virginia (in progress)

M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia

B.A. Journalism, University of Havana

Research Interests

Caribbean cultures, Migration and Diaspora, Memory studies, Relationship of literature and art with cultural history, Cuban Archive.

Selected publications


Leonardo Jaime Soriano, Cuba no existe. (Selection, prologue, and notes.) Editorial Silueta, 2018.


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