In my academic research I study twentieth-century Venezuelan culture from the perspectives of world-ecology and the environmental humanities. I am interested in how cultural production mediates the flows of energy and capital that traverse the social body in nature exporting societies.
In my courses I expand this focus into Latin American and Spanish cultural studies, 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.