My research examines Latin American cities as lived and imagined spaces. Furthermore, I argue that Guatemala is representative of other countries in Central/Latin America and the Global South , especially as we understand "Global South" as a contemporary replacement for "Third World" to talk about economically-disadvantaged nations that have been negatively impacted by corporate and military interests, often to the financial benefit of more powerful nations. I am interested in the possibility of fieldwork in the humanities and place-based cultural criticism in/on the Global South; Guatemala (as any Latin American country) is both a place to be and a research problem.
I am currently co-editing a special monograph of Istmo with John Petrus (Grinnell College) about how LGBTQ+ people affirm their right to urban space in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, and their diasporas.
In tune with my research interests, I translated twelve entries (poems and biographical data) in Women's Poetry of Protest and Resistance: Honduras (2009-2014) (Casasola, 2015), published in response to urban violence generated by the 2009 U.S.-sponsored coup in Honduras. To this end, a cornerstone of my research is to ensure that it resonates with the broadest audiences possible, academic or otherwise.
With this in mind, I gave a podcast interview in May 2019 as part of Episode 20 of Collaborative Edges with my colleagues Rocío Quispe-Agnoli (Michigan State University) and Osvaldo Sandoval (Colgate University). Our discussion of violence, trauma, and their representations generates possibilities for the exploration of new platforms for academic exchange beyond the traditional print text.