Associate Professor of Film and Caribbean Studies,
Department of Spanish & Portuguese MS-34, Rice University.
P.O. Box 1892. Houston, TX 77251

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Caribbean literature and culture of the 19th, 20th, and 21st century.
  • Latin American film; Literary and Cultural Theory; Race and Ethnicity; Politics and Violence.


  • PhD, Latin American Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 2000
  • Doctoral Certificate in Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
  • MA, Latin American Literature, University of Pittsburgh, 1996 (High Honors)
  • Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1999
  • BA, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1994 (Summa Cum Laude)


  • Associate Professor, Rice University, 2008-present
  • Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University, 2006-2008
  • Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University, 2003-2006
  • Profesor Agregado, Universidad. Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, 2002-2003
  • Profesor Asociado, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, 2000-2002
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, 1997-1999
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, 1995-1997

Other Positions

  • Baker College Magister, Rice University, 2017- currently
  • Department Chair, Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies,
    Rice University 2016 – currently
  • Duncan College Master, Rice University, 2009-2015
  • Director of Caribbean & Latin American Studies, Florida Atlantic University, 2005-8
  • Head of Comparative Literature, Florida Atlantic University, 2005-2007