I am Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. I am also Co-Director of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Broadly speaking, my research examines the intersection of race, nation and culture in contemporary Latin America. My monograph The Darkening Nation (University of Wales Press, 2018) explores the connections between the 2001 financial meltdown in Argentina and the crisis of narratives of whiteness and national belonging, by examining literary texts, popular music, artworks and films. I am also the co-editor of Chile desde los estudios culturales (Universidad Finis Terrae, 2019) and Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America and the Caribbean (Institute of Latin American Studies, 2019).
I am currently co-investigator in the AHRC-funded international project Cultures of Anti-Racism in Latin America (PI: Prof Peter Wade).
My current research focuses on what I call 'neo-Andean kitsch' and looks at the racial politics of taste in contemporary literature, video clips, films and architecture by indigenous artists from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.