My research interests include Latina/o and Mexican theater, culture studies, performance studies and borderlands literature and art. It was my experiences living in Southern California and my travels abroad throughout Mexico and Central America that contributed to my particular interests in Latina/o and Mexican works. My curiosity in Latin American theater began as a young undergraduate at UC Irvine where I was first introduced to theatrical works by such dramatists as Emilio Carballido, Jorge Díaz, Osvaldo Dragún, Griselda Gambaro, Xavier Villaurrutia and more. Currently I am working on research in contemporary Latina/o plays and performance pieces and the use of humor, kitsch and camp in works by Cherríe Moraga, Coco Fusco, Anne García-Romero, Monica Palacios, Luis Alfaro, Diane Rodriguez and more. My future interests include theater by Mexican transborder playwrights Hugo Salcedo and Virginia Hernández as well as some earlier twentieth-century works by Mexican and Costa Rican female playwrights.
I believe it is important to bring my research into the classroom in order to explore ideas with my students and perhaps inspire them to pursue a similar area of interest. In my teaching, I hope to motivate my students to celebrate their diversity and to bring their experiences with them to share with others. Teaching gives me the opportunity to impart my knowledge to students and to incorporate their ideas into the classroom as well. Hopefully, my students will develop a desire for excellence in whatever path they choose in life. As a professor, I realize the potential I have to influence my students, a potential that I take with utmost seriousness. I enjoy teaching and the chance it gives me to challenge young minds. In a way, I feel that I am contributing toward a better future.
- Embodying Difference: Scripting Social Images of the Female Body in Latina Theatre (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press), 2012.
- "The Role of 'La Chica Moderna' in Three Post-Revolutionary Mexican Plays" in Latin American Theatre Review.
- "Anomalous Representations of Reality in Luis Valdez's The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa and The Mummified Deer" in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies.
- "The Mexican Boom Femenino and the Production of Gendered Theatre in Sabina Berman's El suplicio del placer" in The Boom Femenino in Mexico: Reading Contemporary Women's Writing," (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), 2010.
- "Latino Theatre in the US: Social Cohesion and Activism" in World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press), 2011.
Faculty Senate President
Executive Secretary of University Council
Office: AL 103
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Spanish)
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Spanish)
B.A., University of California at Irvine (Comparative Literature and Spanish)