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

My academic work focuses on modern and contemporary Venezuelan literature and visual cultures. I’m 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. This semester (Fall 2019) I’m teaching 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 in 2010 won a National Book Award. 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, Mexico).