I am a comparative scholar of medieval and early modern literature, culture, and history. I hold a PhD in English with a secondary specialization in Spanish from The Ohio State University. At the City University of New York Hostos CC, I teach courses in English writing and literature from the Middle Ages to the present. My scholarly specialization pertains to literary and cultural exchanges between England and Spain during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. I am particularly interested in how these exchanges appeared in literature, namely drama and prose romance, two genres at the cutting edge of "popular culture" that both reflected and pushed back against state politics and official foreign policy toward Spain. These Anglo-Spanish and Hispano-English contacts most viscerally expressed themselves in both nations' literary representations of America and in the correlated representation of cultural Others on stage and on the page. 

Image credit: Woodcut map and plan of Tenochtitlán, in Praeclara de Nova maris Oceani Hyspania Narratio (Nuremberg, F. Peypus, 1524). Courtesy of Edward E. Ayer Collection, The Newberry Library

Research Interests

Medieval and early modern literature and drama; global Shakespeare; empire and postcolonialism, Spanish Golden Age and Baroque era; quixoticism and the birth of the novel; periodization; transnationalism and translation studies