Graduate Students

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. 


Mar Sotelo-Padrón


  • Ph.D. in Spanish, University of Virginia (in progress)
  • M.A. in Literature of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean (2020)
  • B.A. in General Humanities, University of the Sacred Heart (2018)

Research Interests:

Ivana Martínez

Ivana’s intellectual interests are at the intersection of Afro-Latin American Studies and Colonial Studies. With an eye towards narrative inquiry, they are drawn to exploring transatlantic themes of diaspora, resistance, peoplehood, and empire. At UVA, she is currently pursuing interdisciplinary coursework and training in the direction of producing multimodal public scholarship. When not doling out unsolicited reminders that reggaetón started in Panamá, they love to make arepas (rellenas de lo que sea) al estilo venezolano de su Abuela Rosalía.

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. in Spanish, University of Virginia (in progress)

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

B.A. in Spanish, Literature and Linguistics. University of Barcelona. 2017

Research Interests

19th Century Transatlantic Narratives

Cultural Geography

Urban Studies

Slavery Networks in the Hispanic World

Digital Humanities

Catalan Studies

Carlos Velazco Fernández


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

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.

H. Manuel Acevedo-Reyes


PhD in Spanish, University of Virginia (Expected: 2025)

MA in Hispanic Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington (2020)

MAED in Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction (2019)

Capstone: “Implementing classroom management plans to increase engagement in an urban World Language Classroom”

BA in Spanish and Teacher Education, Stockton University (2016)

            Minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Daniel Doncel Martin


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2025)

M.Ed, Carthage College (2020)

B.A., English Studies, Universidad de Salamanca (2018)

Research Interests

  • Latin American Literature and Culture
  • Spanish Literature and Culture
  • United States Literature and Culture
  • Critical Theory
  • Marxism
  • Detective Fiction
  • Weird Fiction
  • Pedagogy


Carthage College

Beginners Spanish, SPN 1010 (Fall 2018, Fall 2019)


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