Highlighted below are professional and academic projects that demonstrate the breath of experience and interests that have guided my studies. Each project is linked to either the online platform from which you can access my work or a PDF file of the work itself.
This work explores the intersection of capitalism, nationhood, and female sexuality in late 19th and early 20th century Argentine discourses of prostitution. It traces how the female labor force in the first wave of industrialization, specifically how sexual labor, underlines male state insecurities at the turn of the century. It analyzes how cultural texts create narratives that dialogue with and contribute to the dehumanizing cultural imaginary surrounding the prostitute. Finally, it proposes a counternarrative using the life of Raquel Liberman as a contradiction to that cultural imaginary.
Collaborative Digital Essay
In collaboration with Madison Felman-Panagotacos, M.A.
This project is interested in the different ways that cinema presents and also re-presents spaces of confinement from the spanish and argentine dictatorships. Each of these dictatorships were marked by the disappearances of thousands of people, imprisonment/torture of women, and child abuse. Specifically, our research centers on how documentaries and fiction films construct and portray spaces in their work and the impact these spaces have on the narrative and, ultimately, what it implicitly communicates to the audience about state-induced trauma.
Summer Research Project 2018
Considering Susan Sontag’s work Regarding the Pain of Others in which she states that “All images that display the violation of an attractive body are, to a certain degree, pornographic” (95) the purpose of a documentary as a montage of violent images is called into question. This paper intends to document the ways in which the presentation of sexual violence in documentaries serves the role of commodifying violence as opposed to encouraging a reflection on the systems that promote it.
Building a Community
Mission: We advocate for the building of a community and network among first generation Latinx undergraduate and graduate students through informational programming and social events.
Goals: The group will meet weekly with the goal of providing a social space where students can meet in a low-pressure environment and learn necessary skills to succeed in a college setting with visits from different offices and centers in UCLA that can provide further support.
In Planning Stages