In my academic research I study twentieth-century Venezuelan culture from the perspective of energy humanities, environmental history, and visual studies. I am interested in how cultural production is entwined with the flows of energy and capital that traverse the social body in nature exporting societies.
In my courses I expand this focus onto Latin American and Spanish cultures, from the nineteenth century to the present, to analyze the ways in which the making and unmaking of imperial relations, nation-building processes, modernization, and globalization, have hinged on specific ways of thinking, representing, and organizing nature.
In Caracas I was the founder and editor of El Salmón, a quarterly journal devoted to archival work on Venezuelan poetry, which won a National Book Award in 2010. Later, while living in San Francisco, I codirected the journal Canto, bringing it back to print after an almost twenty-year hiatus.
I have published the poetry collection Detrás de los erizos (2007), the chapbook Caracas (2010), and am currently working on two new writing projects.