My research probes the entangled ethical debates over corporeality and the social control of bodies in Spain at the turn of the nineteenth century. A period of intense nation-building, the cultural and political composition of nineteenth-century Spain opens a question that is urgent to all of us as scholars: At a time of economic, racial, and national redefinition, what lives matter and how they are made to matter? My dissertation, “Crip Time in Fin-de-siècle Spain: Disability, Degeneration, and Eugenics,” examines the strategies authors used to challenge the social values that cast abject bodies as threats to the national future.

I am a member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, as well as a recipient of the 2016-2017 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2018 Association of Women Faculty Graduate Student Leadership Award. I am also one of the founding members and co-president of the Association of Gender Minority and Women’s Graduate Student (GeMWGS) and a convener for the Disability Studies Reading Group, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.