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Dorotea Lechkova

Dorotea is a PhD candidate in the Hispanic Languages & Literatures program. Her dissertation project, Democracy Ablaze: Culture and Transition in Mexico and post-Soviet Eastern Europe, examines the intersections between culture and the idea of democracy from 1968 to the present. She studies the democratic transitions from perspectives of the global periphery by employing a comparative, transnational methodological approach to cultural studies. By examining multimedia texts obtained during field research in Mexico City, she argues that anti-authoritarian movements that surface in Mexico and Eastern Europe within the context of the Cold War converge in the consolidation of liberal democracy. Her dissertation studies the ways in which radical democratic proposals for systemic change become depoliticized with the onset of neoliberalism in both settings. Learn more

Silvia Juliana Rocha Dallos

Silvia is a PhD candidate in the Hispanic Languages and Literatures program, with a specialization in the literature and culture of Colonial Latin America and a Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies. Currently, she is completing my dissertation on the exploration of the experiences of miracle and portent and their intersection with the issues of ethnicity, empire, and disease in colonial Mexico. As an instructor at both Washington University at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, she had the opportunity to teach Latin American literature and culture, in addition to all levels of Spanish language in a variety of settings, across cultural contexts, and for students of diverse backgrounds. Learn more

Carmen Toro

Carmen is a PhD candidate (ABD) in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, has earned a Graduate Certificate in Language Instruction. Her work explores the intersections between childhood, youth and social categories such as race, class, or gender, in twentieth and twenty-first century Spain. I am also interested in cultural phenomena such as hip-hop culture and the emergence of historical novel in contemporary Spain. She is currently working on my dissertation, entitled “Tropos rebeldes: Creciendo en España en el siglo XX,” in which she analyzes literary and cinematic depictions of children from the 1920s to the 1970s, with a special focus on the works of Elena Fortún and her “Celia” series. Her project explores how conceptions of childhood engage with the social, political, and cultural tensions of this period. Learn more

Pablo Zavala

Pablo is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies. His research centers on the fields of Mexican and Latin American literary, visual, and cultural studies, which he explores to further understand and deconstruct identity fictions in the cultural constellation of left-wing politics, State formation, and the printed press. In both his scholarship and teaching, he employs intermedial cultural representations that engage the ideological and biopolitical structures of subjectivity formation, and the theoretical tools to approach them from a critical perspective. He is currently working on his dissertation, entitled “Forging a People: Visual Culture in the Illustrated Press of Post-Revolutionary Mexico, 1917-1967.” In this project, he argues that the illustrated newspapers, magazines, and booklets that circulated in the country during and after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) constructed a concept of “the people” that challenged the hegemonic formation of the State. Learn more