Literature and culture of Mexico; nation building and cultural identity formation in nineteenth-century Spanish America; Hispanic women writers.
“Romanticismo y literatura en el contexto nacional mexicano”, “Outlaws, heroes, and the nation in 19th-century Spanish America”
Juarez’s Torch and Medal of Honor, awarded by the Organización Internacional para los Festejos del Bicentenario de Juárez for contributing to the analysis and interpretation of Benito Juarez’s legacy in Mexican politics, history, literature, and culture with my book Reforma, novela y nación...(June 19 to June 29, 2006); Manship Manship Research Fellowship, awarded in recognition of outstanding research in the humanities and social sciences. College of Arts & Sciences, LSU, for travel and research in Mexico City for the project “Discourse of Desire and Rebellion: Nationalism and the Novels of Juan Diaz Covarrubias,” summer 2005.
Reforma, novela y nación: México en el siglo XIX (Book), “Priests and Caudillos in the novel of the Mexican nation” (book chapter), “Nicolás Pizarro Suárez y la coqueta metáfora de la nación” (book article)
Hispanic Studies Graduate Advisor (08/2001 to 05/2003); Invited by the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) to teach the short course “La Reforma y la segunda fase del romanticismo en México”, June 19 to June 29, 2006.