The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Research Affiliates

Jesse AlemanJesse Aleman
Professor, English The University of New Mexico
Former Latino Research Institute Research Fellow
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Dr. Jesse Alemán is a Professor of English and a Presidential Teaching Fellow at the University of New Mexico. His work covers nineteenth-century American literature and US Latino/a literary histories. He has published two dozen articles and essays, including recent pieces in American Literary History, The Cambridge History of Latina/o Literature, and Latino/a Literature in the Classroom. He republished The Woman in Battle (U of Wisconsin Press, 2003), which recounts the life and adventures Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Cuban woman who cross-dressed as a Confederate. He also co-edited (with Shelley Streeby) Empire and the Literature of Sensation (Rutgers UP 2007), and he recently published (with Rodrigo Lazo) The Latino Nineteenth Century (NYU 2016). He is currently writing Latino/a Civil Wars, a book that places US Latino/a writings about the Civil War in relation to simultaneous conflicts in Cuba and Mexico.

Belem LópezBelem López
Assistant Professor, Mexican American & Latina/o Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
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Dr. Belem López is an assistant professor in the department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and an affiliate in the Center for Mexican American Studies and the department of psychology. Dr. López is also the director of the LLAMA: Psycholinguistic and Sociolinguistic Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2015. Her research focuses on bilingualism, particularly on how knowing and using multiple languages can shape cognition in terms of creativity, problem solving, decision-making, and language access. She is committed to expanding the current psycholinguistic literature on bilingualism to include more individual differences in the areas of creativity, code-switching, cross-language activation, decision-making, and problem solving.

Víctor M. Macías-GonzálezVíctor M. Macías-González
Professor, History, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Former Latino Research Institute Research Fellow
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Víctor M. Macías-González is Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, where he is also Coordinator of Faculty Retention and Promotion for the College of Business Administration. A native of El Paso, Texas, Macías-González earned his doctorate in Latin American History from Texas Christian University (1999). Macías-González is a specialist of Mexico’s long nineteenth century (1750–1930) with a focus on the history of gender and sexuality. He coedited the first edited collection on the history of Mexican masculinity in 2012 and is presently completing a manuscript on the history of homosexuality in Greater Mexico ca. 1920–1970. Macías-González has published nearly two dozen articles and book chapters on manuals of etiquette, consumption, bathhouses, interior decoration, diplomacy, the Mexican colony in Paris, Mexicans in British boarding schools, and gay men’s domesticity.

Amy Sara CarrollAmy Sara Carroll
Writing Faculty, Literary Studies, The New School
Former Latino Research Institute Research Fellow
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Amy Sara Carroll (MFA, Creative Writing, Poetry, Cornell University; PhD, Literature, Duke University) is the author of two collections of poetry SECESSION (Hyperbole Books, an imprint of San Diego State University Press, 2012) and FANNIE + FREDDIE/The Sentimentality of Post-9/11 Pornography (Fordham University Press, 2013), chosen by Claudia Rankine for the 2012 Poets Out Loud Prize. Since 2008, she has been a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab, coproducing the Transborder Immigrant Tool which has been included in numerous art exhibitions, including the 2010 California Biennial. With EDT 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab and the University of Michigan interdisciplinary workshop the Border Collective, she collaboratively authored [({ })] The Desert Survival Series/La serie de sobrevivencia del desierto (The Office of Net Assessment/ University of Michigan Digital Environments Cluster Publishing Series, 2014), that digitally has been redistributed by CTheory Books (2015), the Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 3 (2016), CONACULTA E-Literatura/Centro de Cultura Digital (2016), and HemiPress (2017). In 2015, Carroll served as the University of Mississippi Summer Poet in Residence. Summer 2010 and every summer thereafter, she has participated in Mexico City’s alternative arts space SOMA. Carroll’s first critical monograph REMEX: Toward an Art History of the NAFTA Era is forthcoming from the University of Texas Press under the auspices of their Mellon Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Cultures Publishing Initiative.