Karina A. Baptista

PhD Candidate
Office Hours:
Thursdays 9:00-11:00 a.m.


         Ph.D. in Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2021)

         M.A. in Spanish, Yale University (2015)

         M.A. in Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky (2014)

         B.A. in Spanish, Minor in Politics, Saint Mary’s College of California (2011)

Research Interests:

Literature and film of contemporary Latin America and Spain

Representations of Justice

The Global South

Digital humanities


SPAN 3300 Text & Interpretation

SPAN 3030 Cultural Conversations

SPAN 3010 Grammar & Composition I

SPAN 2020 Advanced Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 2010-2020 Costa Rica Summer Spanish Language Program

SPAN 2010-2020 Valencia Summer Spanish Language Program

SPAN 2010 Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 1020 Advanced Beginning Spanish


“The Poetics of Interstice in Xavier Villaurrutia’s Dama de corazones.Hispanic Journal, vol. 40.1, (Forthcoming).

Co-Author, “Digital Decolonizations: Remediating the Popol Wuj.” Transformative Digital Humanities: Challenges and Opportunities. Ed. Mary Balkun and Marta Deyrup (Forthcoming).

“Petrocultures.” Global South Studies: A Collective Publication with The Global South. August 2017.


“A Cosmovision in the Making” [“Digital Decolonizations: Remediating the Popol Wuj”]. Digital Humanities Conference, Mexico City, June 2018.

“Defying Nemesis: The Confessional World of El llano en llamas.” Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, March 2017.

“El apóstrofe epistolar en Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela de Elena Poniatowska.” Mountain Interstate Foreign Languages Conference, James Madison U, Harrisonburg, Virginia, October 2016.

“Demiurgo en el intersticio: las negociaciones subalternas en ‘Tercera derrota: 1941 o El idioma de los muertos’ de Alberto Méndez.” Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, U of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 2016.

“Becoming Authentic:  The Lesbian Continuum in Todo sobre mi madre.” XXIII Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica, Claremont College, Claremont, CA, October 2013.

Selected Grants & Awards:

Public Humanities Fellowships, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 2019

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship, U of Victoria, 2018

Digital Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship, U of Virginia, 2018

Lyman T. Johnson Academic Year Fellowship, U of Kentucky, 2012-2014

Graduate School Academic Year Fellowship, U of Kentucky, 2012-2013

Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers Associate Fellow, Phillips Academy, 2011

Lezama Lima Award for Excellence at Intellectual Inquiry, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2011

Annual Local 159 Scholarship, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2008–2011

Honors at Entrance Scholarship, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2008–2010