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Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Profiles

afanaMohammed Afana
Hispanic Studies

I am a 2nd year Ph.D. student originally from Palestine. I have completed both my BA in Architecture at the University of Seville “Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura”, Spain. I decided to study at Western because I wanted to work within the CulturePlex Lab. One of the things that I like most about UWO is how multicultural it is and one of the things that I dislike on this campus is the coffee. My general research interests are in architecture, specifically digital architecture. One thing you should know about me is that I am a very open-minded kind of guy. Academics: Conferences Attended: THATCamp at the University of Western Ontario, 2011. Words of Wisdom for the new CulturePlex Members: For fun (and everything else): go downtown. School wise: you should have a clear idea about what you want and you should respect the others. 


boteroDiana Botero
Hispanic Studies PhD 3

I have a B.A. in Psychology from Universidad San Buenaventura-Cali, Colombia. My field research was carried out from The Systemic Theory, and the Psychodynamics approach in the area of Clinical and Abnormal Psychology. I decided to take the great opportunity that Western University offered me to continue my studies and combine my background in Psychology with Linguistics. My M.A. is in Hispanic Studies (Linguistics) at Western. Currently, I am in Third Year of PhD in Hispanic Studies (Linguistics). My Research interests include Counterfactuals, Semantics, and syntax-morphology-semantics interface in Language Acquisition. Other interests are Discourse Analysis, Philosophy of Language, Language Attrition, and Thought Disorder.


reyesJaime Brenes Reyes
Hispanic Studies PhD 2

I am a PhD student in Hispanic Studies. In my current research, I explore the aura that arises when reading good literature. I argue that an analysis of literature as an epileptic episode may give us some clues. Based on my research on Latin American literature and literary theory (as well as my own experience of living with seizures), I aim to explore whether the act of reading Argentine writer and essayist Julio Cortázar’s fiction can be understood as epileptical. My research may have important implications for the understanding of Cortázar’s oeuvre and the contextualization of neurological malfunctions from the viewpoint of literature. For more information on my research and other interests, please visit my blog: jaimebrenesreyes.wordpress.com


brownDavid Brown
Hispanic Studies PhD 2


caceresDagoberto Caceres Aguilar
Hispanic Studies PhD 3

My name is D. C. Aguilar and I am a second year PhD student in Hispanic Studies. Currently, I am a T.A. at Modern Language and Literatures in Western University Canada. My dissertation project is on literature and ideological constructions. I completed two Masters Program: at Universidad del Valle (Colombia) in 2008; in Europe Union at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Université de Perpignan via-Domitia (France), and Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) in 2010. Personal Website: http://publish.uwo.ca/~dcaceres/


caldesNatalia Caldas
Hispanic Studies MA 2

I am a first year MA in Hispanic Studies. I did my BA in French and Spanish literature at Western, and spent my last year at the Universite Fracois-Rabelais in Tours, France through the exchange program. Continuing with my study of literature, I also earned a BA with specialization in English literature. Western has given me the opportunity to grow and receive an outstanding education in my undergraduate years, as well as allowing me to continue my study and research as a master's student. 


Ana Chiarelli Acosta
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

I am currently in my third year of the doctoral program in Hispanic Studies. I also participate in the Collaborative Graduate Program in Migrations and Ethnic Relations at Western. I am originally from Venezuela where I pursued studies of Journalism. I am interested in the literature of immigration of the 21st century, particularly the Hispanic Canadian literature from this period. I am also have special interest in literature and film as history and identity depiction media.


cuellarNancy Cuellar
Hispanic Studies


cuellarJavier de la Rosa
Hispanic Studies

I am a 2nd year Hispanic Studies PhD student at Western University, where I am also a member of the CulturePlex Lab for Cultural Complexity and Digital Humanities. He has completed both his Master in Logic and Artificial Intelligence and his Engineering in Computer Science at the University of Seville in Spain. Western gave me an opportunity to combine the fields of Humanities and Computer Science. My general research interests are in graphs, graph databases, query languages, complex networks and temporal ontologies and my thesis topic is in Network Theory and Cultural Borders.


diazDorismel Diaz-Perez
Hispanic Studies

Dorismel is a second year Ph D student in Hispanic Studies. He earned a B.A. in Modern Languages from Universidad del Atlantico as well as an M.A. in Education from Universidad del Norte. He also completed a Masters in Hispanic Literature at the University of Arkansas. His research interests include: Travel Writing, Migration and Ethnic Relations, Spanish Golden Age Literature, Film Studies, Diaspora and Orientalism / PostColonial Studies.For his dissertation,he is interested in exploring the depictions of Afro Latinos through visual arts and literature in XIX century travel accounts. Other interests are Ruben Dar�o�s poetry, learning languages, mythology, train travel and hiking. He can be easily distracted by a cup of a well made hot chocolate, but that's about it.


duttaNandita Dutta
Hispanic Studies PhD 2


gomezCenaida Gomez
Hispanic Studies

My name is Cenaida Gómez, I’m a first year Ph.D. student of Hispanic Studies. I am from Colombia where I completed my undergraduate and Master degree in Education in the University Externado of Colombia. I chose to come to Western because it offered me the opportunity to study about my research interest which include Discourse Analysis, Semantics and Second Language Acquisition.


hastedtSuava Hastedt
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

Originally from Poland, I grew up in Algeria. My undergraduate studies are in Spanish and LAS and English RPW from the University of Waterloo, including an exchange program to the University of Navarra at the turn of the millennium, and followed by a rewarding experience of lecturing Spanish as a second language at my Alma Mater. To prepare for the doctorate program at UWO, I did an M.A. in French Studies combining an investigation on oral history from Quebec and Nicaragua, which shifted my academic interests towards culture, literature and migration in Central America, and Spanish sociolinguistics. Besides working on the completion of my thesis within the Hispanic and MER program to inaugurate the lucky beginning of the Ak’abal time cycle, I cultivate multiple interests in the area of Arts, sports and natural health.


antonioAntonio Jimenez-Mavillard
Hispanic Studies PhD 3

My name is Antonio Jiménez Mavillard. I'm a 2nd year Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Studies. I come from Seville (Spain), where I completed my undergraduate degree as well as my Masters in Computer Science at the University of Seville. I decided to come to Western because it gave me the opportunity to combine my knowledge in Computer Science with Humanities.http://publish.uwo.ca/~ajimene6/


kozakJen Kozak
Hispanic Studies PhD 3


bajoneroRaul Manuel Lopez Bajonero
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

Hola! Me llamo Raul Lopez vengo de la UNAM de Mexico. I'm PHD student and I'm interested in the History of Writing Culture, I love the travel's literature especially maritime stories. I like Western because it's cool and the people are very nice. My personal web page is: http://publish.uwo.ca/~rlopezba


morenoItziri Moreno Villamar
Hispanic Studies PhD 2


Ricardo Munoz Castiblanco
Hispanic Studies PhD 4


nunezCamelia Nunez
Hispanic Studies PhD 4


ontiverosJaime Ontiveros
Hispanic Studies PhD 4


otaloraMarcela Otalora Prieto
Hispanic Studies PhD 2

I am from Colombia and received my master's degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Western Ontario. I started my PhD in Hispanic Linguistics few years ago. I am currently in my second year and I am interested in sociolinguistics, Spanish variation, varieties of Spanish language globally, and the teaching of Spanish as a second language.


changYolanda Pangtay Chang
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

Born and raised in Mexico, from a family of Chinese origins, and having studied English as a second language in a non-immersed environment, it was natural for me to develop a curiosity on the diversity of languages. I hold a BA in Education with a specialty in the English Language from the Escuela Normal Superior del Sur de Tamaulipas, an MA in Education with a specialty in Applied Linguistics, from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), and an MA in Hispanic Studies in Applied Linguistics from the University of Western Ontario (UWO). My MA research thesis: Misunderstandings in Instant Messaging Conversations in Spanish Currently, I am in my fourth year of PhD in Hispanic Studies, studying Spanish Linguistics and Language Acquisition. My areas of interest include Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis and Second Language Acquisition. My PhD research, in progress, is on input and Focus on Form in the acquisition of Double Negation structure in Spanish.


perezRandol Perez Salas
Hispanic Studies PhD 4


campilloJuan Rios Campillo
Hispanic Studies MA 2

My name is Juan Rios Campillo. I am a first year Master student in Hispanic Studies. My background is in Acting. I did my undergraduate in the High Drama School from Seville (Spain), where I was born. My interests lay in Arts and Literatures, especially anthropological theatre, dance and music. Western offers me the opportunity to develop my research in a multicultural environment where exchanging point of views and knowledges with people from everywhere.


penaEsperanza Ruiz-Pena
Hispanic Studies PhD 1

My name is Esperanza Ruiz-Pe�a S�nchez de Ibarg�en. I am from Spain (Seville). I am in my second year in Spanish Linguistics. My research focus is in phonetics and phonology, however, my backgroud is in Childhood Education, Special Education and in Expression Tecquiques Pycomotor and Psychomotor Rehabilitation. I chose Western to do my Master in Linguistics because the academy and the quality of the program is excellent. The professors are recognized in their field of study. Also, they offer you the opportunity to find what you love in the program and they help you to realize it.


sanchezJuan Sanchez
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

Bacatá-Turtle Island, fiction, poetry, running, indigenous literatures from Abya-Yala. I have published articles about contemporary writers from different native nations as the Maya, Wayuu, Camëntsá and Mapuche people. My last book is a journey through Guatemala’s highland with Humberto Ak’abal’s poetry: Memoria e invención en la poesía de Humberto Ak’abal. In 2010, I also edited in Colombia a book of short poems, Río (http://www.letrassueltas.com/?p=672), which is still flowing. I have been working in independent models of publication: Diarios de nada (http://diariosdenada.wordpress.com) is a book of short stories (crowdfunding experiment), and Balada / Track (https://payhip.com/b/7UFg) is a kind of short novel with soundtrack, an ebook from the non-existence. Cheers!


sanchezManuel Sanchez Lopez
Hispanic Studies PhD 4


sepulvedaJavier Sepulveda
Hispanic Studies


riosElkin Sierra Rios
Hispanic Studies PhD 2

My name is Elkin Sierra. I am a Colombian who loves linguistics, literature and learning languages. I am in my first year of the P.h.D in Hispanic studies in the Modern Languages and Literatures department in The University of Western Ontario. Here in Western I have found amazing teachers who have guided me through the path of knowledge, teaching me how to think in a critical way and how to be an academic with soul and discipline. I chose the UWO because of its commitment to humanities and its wonderful campus which is a marvelous combination of nature, architecture and technology. In the department, more specifically in linguistics, I feel I am not a human resource but instead a human talent that is ready to share his ideas and the most important and my favourite part: exploit imagination in an endless way.


veraMary Carmen Vera

Hispanic Studies MA 2

Mary Carmen Vera es una estudiante de literatura en el primer ano de maestr�a en Estudios Hisp�nicos. Es originaria de la Ciudad de M�xico en donde obtuvo el grado de licenciatura en letras hisp�nicas por la Universidad Aut�noma Metropolitana. All� fue distinguida con la medalla al m�rito universitario. Su especialidad es la investigaci�n literaria y est� interesada en la literatura hisp�nica medieval, barroca y novohispana. Sus tendencias de investigaci�n la condujeron a continuar sus estudios en Western University� ya que su programa de maestr�a es uno de los que incluyen exitosamente esos periodos como campos de investigaci�n; por lo tanto, el programa es reconocido internacionalmente por su competencia.


yanezEdgar Yanez
Hispanic Studies PhD

In the PhD in Hispanic studies I’ve found great opportunities to develop my work, which combines visual arts, literature and architecture. My focus is the Latin-American city as a cultural phenomenon. I consider cities as laboratories in which the collective memory and special events create opportunities for human interaction. In my current research about my home country, Venezuela, I trace aesthetic changes in the city through the study of the language of artists and authors who build a repertoire around the urban landscape and human interaction. Urban art, graffiti, performance, installations, novels, poetry, storytelling, lyrics, net art or soap operas are current references in semiotic or phenomenological analysis of the complexity of a subjective city, that is hard to find on maps or urban planning. My Website: http://publish.uwo.ca/~eyanez/index.html


zambranoJimena Zambrano
Hispanic Studies PhD