Research Interests
Early Modern Spanish and colonial and contemporary Latin American Cultural Studies (with a focus on Central America); Border Studies; Visual Culture; Gender Studies; Social theory; Multiliteracies approaches to the teaching of Spanish at all levels; learning assemblage design.
Research In Area of specialization
My areas of research specialization are Early Modern Spanish and Colonial Latin American literature, history, and culture, with particular focus on early modern theories of war, state violence, gender, and surveillance. I have published articles on those subjects in numerous journals, including Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Hispanic Review, The Sixteenth Century Journal, and Bulletin of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. In a current project, “Distributive Justice, Vigilance, and Dislocated Agency,” I identify and describe the role of non-human actants in distributive justice as it is articulated in Spanish laws and litigation regarding royal remuneration. 
Future research In Area of specialization
My future research will contribute to apocalypse and post-apocalypse studies. Drawing on assemblage theory, ANT, and Jane Bennett’s vital materialist theory of distributive agency, I will write a history of the entanglements of European migration, epidemics, the extinction of flora and fauna, and natural disasters (earthquakes) in Guatemala, from 1519-1840. The temporal demarcation takes Cortés’s 1519 expedition to the Yucatan as its starting point and ends in the early-post independence period, in the aftermath of the cholera outbreak of 1837.
Research on pedagogy
I approach the teaching of Spanish language and culture from the humanistic perspective of a teacher-scholar who combines the teaching of communicative competence with critical thinking. Thus, I view foreign language learning as continuous with, and integral to, a liberal arts education.
That perspective informs not only my teaching, but my current research in the field of foreign language pedagogy. I have underway an essay on social pedagogy in foreign language teaching that is based on my successful experiential learning project, the Young Authors and Illustrators Project. I shall also publish a paper that builds on my presentation at the 2021 Modern Language Association; the paper draws on assemblage theory and new materialism to reconceptualize the social space of foreign language learning. (Also see Public Presentations on Pedagogy.)  
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
“The Social Spaces of Surveillance in Early Modern Spanish Military Architecture.” Spanish Journal of Cultural Studies. 21.2 (2020): 149-169
“Deploying the Classics: Military Humanism and Social Mobility in Spanish Military Manuals.” The Sixteenth Century Journal. 46.3 (2015): 603-623
“Early Modern Expressions of Nationhood in French and Dutch Translations of Bartolomé de Las Casas’ Brevísima relación.” Traversea. 4 (2014): 34-41 (N. Faber, student co-author)
“Masculinity, War, and Pursuit of Glory in Sepúlveda’s Gonzalo.” Hispanic Review. 80.3 (2012): 391-412
“Contesting the Word: The Crown and the Printing Press in Colonial Spanish America.” Bulletin of Spanish Studies. 89.4 (2012): 575-596. (Special Issue: Exploring the Print World of Early-Modern Iberia, ed. Alexander S. Wilkinson)
“Myth and Prophecy in Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda’s Crusading ‘Exhortación.’” Bulletin of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. 35.1 (12/2010): 48-68
“(En)gendering Ethnicity: The Economy of Female Virginity in Guatemala,” in Radical Philosophy Review 2.2: 1999
Invited Articles
“Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Renaissance and Reformation. Ed. Margaret King, New York: Oxford University Press, 09/2016
Invited Book Review
Los De fato et libero arbitrio libri tres de Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, Joaquín J. Sánchez Gázquez. Revue d’Histoire Ecclésiastique 3-4: 2016
Book Chapter
“(En)gendering Ethnicity: The Economy of Female Virginity in Guatemala,” Philosophy and Everyday Life. Ed. Laura Duhan Kaplan. New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2002
Online Publications
“Response to Friendship, Kinship, and the Law - in the Mediterranean.” Iberian Connections 7, no.3 (2021): https://iberian-connections.yale.edu/articles/response-najera/
“Gilles Deleuze: Coldness and Cruelty.” Iberian Connections, Workshop. https://iberian-connections.yale.edu/workshop/gilles-deleuze/
Work in Progress
“Distributive Justice, Vigilance, and Dislocated Agency,”
“Women in the City: Gendered Order and Social Space in Colonial Mexico”
"Reconfiguring the Social Space of the L2 Classroom: Creating Learning Assemblages for 21st Century Learners"
"Promoting the Study of Languages through the Production of Children's Books"
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