I am currently Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. I am also a member of the university’s Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
I have been based in Manchester since 2010 when I came to do my PhD. Previously, I completed a European Masters in Media and Cultural Studies at the UCL Institute of Education and the Università degli Studi di Firenze, in Florence, Italy. I have also worked in cultural management at the British Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
My research examines the intersection of race, nation and culture in contemporary Latin America. In particular, it focuses on the changes and ruptures that modern conceptions of the Latin American nation as a culturally and racially homogeneous entity have experienced in recent decades, as a result of neoliberalism, migration, and the emergence of transnational identity politics (indigenous, Afro-descendant) and interculturality.
My monograph The Darkening Nation, published by University of Wales Press, 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 currently working on a new project on 'Andean kitsch', looking at the racial politics of taste in contemporary literature, video clips, films and architecture by indigenous artists from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.