Affiliated Scholars

Verónica Davila

2016 - 2017 Teaching Assistant, Latina and Latino Studies

Verónica received an M.A. in Spanish Literature from the university of Florida and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She is interested in 20th and 21st century caribbean literature and its relationship to urban popular music along with other cultural manifestations. Specifically she wants to work withraggaetón aesthetics and short narratives from Puerto Rico. This academic year, she will be the teaching assistant for Latino 201: Introduction to Latino Studes in the Fall Quarter. During the Spring Quarter, She will be teaching Latino 393: Reggaetón Culture and Latino “Urban” Music. The Latina and Latino Studies Program welcomes Veronica to our scholarly community this year.  

Israel Reyes

2016-2017 Visiting Scholar, Latina and Latino Studies Program

An Associate Professor in Spanish and Portuguese at Dartmouth College, Professor Reyes’s research and publications focus on the intersections of culture and society between Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S.  His research interests include Puerto Rican Literature and Culture, Gay and Lesbian/Queer Studies, Comparative Literature, Women and Gender Studies, and Media Studies.  Professor Reyes will be in the Chicago area engaging in research and will be part of our intellectual community during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Latina and Latino Studies Program welcomes Professor Reyes to our scholarly community this year.  

Gabriel Rodriguez

2016-2017 Pre-Doctoral Visiting Scholar, Latina and Latino Studies Program

Gabriel Rodriguez is an ABD PhD student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the School of Education and Educational Policy Studies.  Gabriel is currently writing his dissertation on Latino/a students in white, suburban high schools.  He examines the experiences of Latina/o high school youth in a Chicagoland suburb. Gabriel will be in the Chicago area engaging in research and will be part of our intellectual community during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Latina and Latino Studies Program welcomes him to our scholarly community this year.  

Joel Valentín-Martínez

Senior Lecturer, Dance/Theater.

His choreographed work "Tlatelolco Revisited" recently premiered with Luna Negra Dance Theater. He is currently restaging Nora Chipaumire’s Groundswell.