I am interested in studies that address historical (long-term, even time-honored) dimensions embedded in our contemporary global societies. I am invested in exploring historical legacies of imperialism and colonialism taking into account Hispanic and Latin American studies since the emblematic date of 1500 (one possible beginning of the “modern”). I negotiate the big geography of Europe and America (Latin America and the US). I am interested in the confluence of the humanities and the social sciences, most recently investigating the impact of US foreign policy in the manufacture of world visions. I am also inevitably committed to defending the “modern-language” set-up inside US Universities, with a critical awareness of Spanish / English relations.
My teaching experience is indeed strong. It has included important settings such as Duke University, Stanford University, University of Pittsburgh, Hofstra University and currently Oberlin College. I have been educated in Great Britain, Spain and the US, with significant professional travels in Latin America (particularly Mexico). I have offered a rich variety of courses in different settings: all levels of Spanish language, writing courses in Spanish and English, survey courses in literary, cultural and historical studies and graduate-level instruction. Most recently I am exploring various formats (text, image, print, rare-book materials, virtual platforms) for an inquisitive interdisciplinarity.
Other favorite themes of mine are the comparative and panoramic relations between law and literature, the grand history of European philosophy and its criticisms from the margins, modalities of history and of historiography, aesthetics, civilization and barbarism, utopianism, the inspirational meanings of “culture,” the impact of international relations and foreign affairs in the liberal arts, etc.
I am thus invested in making Hispanicity and Latinity wider, bigger, more dense, more complex, more exciting and a bit more unpredictable and unconventional than is the norm. I still believe – how could I not?-- that a critical analysis, enriched by bilingualism, and a constant curiosity towards the past, that wishes to be philosophically informed, should allow for a keener sense of our own locations already in a truly disorienting new century.