Mathilda Shepard

PhD Candidate
New Cabell Hall 436
Office Hours:
On Fellowship


Ph.D., Spanish, U.Va. (expected 2021)
           Dissertation: "Demilitarized Futures: Race, Ecology, and the Politics of Life in Colombia"
M.A., Spanish, U.Va. (2018)
B.A., Spanish, U.Va. (2015)

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st century Latin American cultural studies, especially in Colombia, Central America, and the Caribbean
  • Cultural politics of resistance, revolution and autonomous organizing
  • Race and ethnicity studies
  • Transnational anti-militarisms
  • Activist cultural production
  • Environmental humanities

Journal Articles

Other Publications


University of Virginia

  • SPAN 3300, Texts and Interpretations (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)
  • SPAN 3010, Advanced Grammar and Composition (Spring 2019)
  • SPAN 2020, Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Universidad del Atlántico (Barranquilla, Colombia)

  • English Levels 1, 2 and 5 (Semesters I and II 2015-16)
  • Advanced English Conversation (Semester I 2015)


  • "A Subtle Form of Protest: Literary Magazines and Subterranean Resistance in Putumayo, Colombia," UVA Symposium on Art and Confrontation in the Americas, September 30, 2019
  • “Jungles and the Colombian Conflict,” Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Biennial Conference, June 27, 2019
  • “Una opción sutil de Protestar: Archive, affect and Library Activism in the Revista Literaria del Putumayo,” Latin American Studies Association Congress, May 25, 2019
  • “Praxis Program Roundtable,” Decolonizing the Digital Humanities Symposium, University of Virginia, April 5-6, 2019.
  • “Weaving Networks of Dissent: Displacement, Justice and Afro-diasporic Memory in the Community Quilts of Mampuján.” UVA Global South Studies Symposium, March 29-30, 2019.
  •  “Minimal Computing Workshop,” UVA Scholars’ Lab, March 5, 2019.

Grants & Awards

  • IHGC Public Humanities Lab (University of Virginia, 2019-2020)
  • Center for Global Inquiry + Innovation Grant (University of Virginia, Fall 2018)
  • Praxis Fellowship (UVA Scholars’ Lab 2018-19)
  • Charles Gordon Reid Summer Fellowship (UVA Spanish Department, Summer 2018)
  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute Grant (University of Victoria, Summer 2018)
  • Fulbright Colombia Scholarship (2015-2016)
  • Jefferson Fellowship (Jefferson Scholars Foundation, 2015-2021)
  • International Rescue Committee Outstanding Service Award (April 2015).