New Faculty

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Agnese Codebò joins the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures after finishing her Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2017. Her research focuses on cultural representations of urban poverty in Latin America and theories of uneven development. She is the author of several articles on Buenos Aires, the architecture of Lina Bo Bardi, and censorship in relation to the Argentine satirical monthly Humor Registrado. Before starting her Ph.D., Agnese worked as a researcher at La Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina, as well as for the Italian Cultural Institute in Córdoba, and the Italian Writers Union magazine. Agnese is also an enthusiastic student of languages and a translator, with fluency in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, and proficiency in Czech.

 

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John A. Cunicelli received his PhD from Temple University in 20th Century Latin American literature in 2017. His research and teaching interests include metafiction, defamiliarization, the fantastic, gender studies, humor, and Boom authors, as well as Spanish and Italian language pedagogy. Through his current research project, he posits that Chilean author José Donoso may be considered a humorist, and explores Donoso’s use of irony, parody and satire to accentuate the absurd situations in which his characters dwell.     

 

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Mary Kate Donovan joins the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures after completing her Ph.D. at Stony Brook University in 2017. She specializes in modern Spanish cultural studies and her work has been published in the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies and the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Her current research project is a book-length manuscript that examines representations of the Chinese in twentieth and twenty-first century Spain.

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Franklin Guzmán Zamora obtained a PhD in Communication and Intercultural Studies at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. He received his MA degree in Hispanic Studies from Villanova University and has a BA in Education from San Antonio Abad University in Cuzco, Peru. His research employs critical discourse analysis tools to analyze processes of representation in Latin America. He studies how television news discourse constructs a racist representation of ethnic minorities. His work focuses on how media constructs a stereotyped image of indigenous peoples during socio-environmental ethnic conflicts in the Peruvian Amazon. He is currently engaged in community media projects that explore the diverse experiences of Latino communities in Philadelphia.

 

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Gregory Przybyla received his PhD in Spanish from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York in 2017. His research interests include the intersection of urban space and literature in Southern Cone (specifically 20th century Argentina) literature, cultural production and political subjectivity of marginalized sectors of Argentine society, Latin American cultural and political theory, and ecocriticism in Latin America, among others. 

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Laura V. Sández received her PhD in Spanish Literature from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and her MA in Performance Studies from NYU. Her research interests include history of concepts, history of emotions and Latin American culture and history. Her current research studies emotions in Contemporary Cuban literature and culture. Previous research included: the comic strip Mafalda and avant-garde discourses; performance and representations of the rights of Latino illegal immigrants in New York, emotional dispositions in the novels of the Mexican Revolution, the valence of mad love in the photo-text Souls’ Infarct and nostalgia in Reina María Rodríguez’s Variedades de Galiano. Her work has been published in Revista Iberoamericana, Hispania, Diario de Cuba and La Habana Elegante, among others. Overall, her research is concerned with the importance of emotions in discursive practices envisioning autonomy and agency. At the center of her long-term research projects is an interest in how massively altered social expectations shift emotional experience.

Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

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