I was born in Mexico City and currently live in Tacoma, WA where I am an Associate Professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU).

At PLU, I teach British eighteenth-century literature, critical animal studies, environmental studies, women’s and gender studies, and border literature. In Spring 2018, I co-founded the Digital Humanities Lab with my colleague, Scott Rogers. I am an advocate for undocumented students and their right to higher education and co-founded the Undocumented Students Task Force at PLU. For my research focus, see below.


I received my B.A. from UNAM, a diplome in Translation Studies from El Colegio de México, and a PhD from Columbia University in eighteenth-century British literature.

Other Publications


“The Hunting of the Hare: Female Virtue and Companionate Marriage in Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones,” Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern. Eds.  Karen Edwards, Derek Ryan, Jane Spencer. Routledge. Forthcoming 2018.

“Species Thinking: Animals, Women, and Literary Tropes in Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 37, no.1 (2018): 41-66.

The Goddess Coatlicue: Environmental Renewal and Femicide in Homero Aridjis’ La leyenda de los soles,” The Battersea Review, 3.6 (2016). Online. Fall 2016.

Blog Posts


    My current book project, tentatively titled Hospitable Species: Hosts, Guests, and Strangers in the British Novel, 1720-1820, traces how eighteenth-century writers develop ideas about nation, gender, race, and class through representations of interspecies relations, specifically in narratives of hospitality. Recent and forthcoming publications have a special focus on the intersections of gender and species.

    I am at work on an article-length project titled “Love Me, Love My Dog: Exotic Pets and Reciprocity in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda.” Read an abstract at The Workshop (Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies, IU Bloomington).

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