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I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, in New York City.

My academic work focuses on twentieth-century Venezuelan literature and visual culture. I am interested in how the cultural field mediates the global movements of power, energy, and capital that traverse the social body in the context of nature-exporting societies.

My courses introduce students to Hispanic cultures, from the fifteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on the place of culture and ideology in the historical processes that have brought about climate change. In the fall of 2019, I will teach an elective course for advanced undergraduate students entitled “The Latin American Anthropocene.”

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. My most recent poetry collection is El próximo desierto, winner of the 2018 José Emilio Pacheco Literature Prize, awarded by the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL).