Research & Presentations

Research

My dissertation focuses on different cultural and political representations and contradictions between Mexico’s official discourse and popular culture. I analyze themes of corruption, state violence, drug trafficking, and political and cultural relations between the United States and Mexico. These are represented in narcocorridos (drug ballads), television series, and literary works in the late 20th and early 21st century. I have done research at the Frontera Collection at UCLA, which  is the largest repository of commercially produced Mexican music recordings in the world since 1905.

 

Publications:

“Del corrido al narcocorrido: algunos aspectos de la evolución y de los efectos      culturales de la mitificación y apoteosis del tráfico de narcóticos en la poesía popular cantada mexicana.” Aula lírica. Revista sobre poesía ibérica e iberoamericana 7 (2015):  1-39.

 

Selected Conferences:

“Precariedad, control y violencia a partir del choque social y urbano en La Zona (2007) del director Rodrigo Plá.” 64th Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS), Utah, April 2017.

“Conflicto cultural del sujeto Imperial en el siglo XVI” Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Michigan State University, March 2017.

“Choque social urbano en el cine latinoamericano contemporaneo.” 16th TROPOS Conference, Michigan State Universit, October 2016.

“Contraposición de la escritura: Herramienta vertiente del poder y la violencia en La mala hora y Noticia de un secuestro de Gabriel García Márquez.” 69th Annual KFLC The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference, University of Kentucky, April 2016.

“Identidades conflictivas: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, (des)aculturación, transculturación y sujetos imperiales.” 1st Chicago Graduate Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 2015.

“The Economic and Cultural Effects of Narcocorridos in the U.S.” 13th Conference on the Américas. Grand Valley State University, April 2015.

“Las relaciones de poder y lo grotesco en El Señor Presidente y El Chacal del General.” The XVIII Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium. The Ohio State University, Spring 2015.