A graduate of Indiana University, I specialize in early modern and colonial Hispanic literature.  In my dissertation, “Embodying the Bride: Performances of the Song of Songs in Early Modern and Colonial Hispanic Convent Writing,” I utilize theories of performance and identity formation to argue that the words, emotions, aspirations, and actions portrayed in the Song formed a deep-seated narrative within which nuns structured their religious identities, even as these women reinterpreted and appropriated specific aspects of the Song in their personal lives and texts.  My current research investigates the role of prayer guides in popular devotion.

I am also deeply interested in Spanish-language theater, particularly as a means for expression and language-learning by my students. My love of theater grew throughout graduate school, where I participated in and directed the Spanish-language theater group VIDA.