People

Current Members

Xabier Granja PhotoXabier Granja, ABD in Hispanic Literature. Graduate Student Co-Director of TiLC and Director of Grants, Funds and Finance. His research focuses on the study of 17th century Spanish literature through a gender perspective, with an emphasis on gender dynamics, masculinities and the effect of socio-political aspects on the gender conventions of the Early Modern period.


Raul Gutierrez PhotoRaul Gutierrez, ABD in Hispanic Literature. Graduate Student Co-Director of TiLC and Co-Director of Marketing and Communication. His research interests focus on the comparative analysis between competing border narratives produced by Mexican writers and Mexican-American writers. My dissertation project deals with the representation of the transnational family in literature, film and photography.

Idoia Martinez PhotoIdoia Martinez, ABD in Hispanic Literature. Graduate Student Co-Director of TiLC and Co-Director of Marketing and Communication. Her research focuses on the representation of women in treaties from the 15th-17th centuries in Spain. She explores the virtues and roles assigned to women in marriage, maternity, domestic economy, politics and education in treaties and conduct manuals of the Early Modern period.

Andres Aluma PhotoAndres Aluma, PhD candidate in Hispanic Literature. Director of Information Technology of TiLC. His research explores the formation of new identities and provisional communities in Latin America and United States, as a consequence of the economic globalization implemented after 1990; reflected on artistic expressions produced in the region.


Ana Baez PhotoAna Baez, PhD candidate in Hispanic Literature. Director of Information Management of TiLC. Her research is focused on 20th-21st century Caribbean Literature and Latino literary productions, post-colonial theory, trans-atlantic studies; particularly questions and expressions of identity and nationalism.

Lisa James PhotoLisa James, PhD candidate in Hispanic Literature. Director of Event planning. Her research interests span 16th and 17th century Spanish literature with a focus on psychoanalysis and eroticism, the medicalization of love and the body, and the influence of medieval philosophy on Renaissance humanism.

Former Members

Cristian Roa-de-la-Carrera, UIC.
Diana González-Cameron (PhD, Fall 2011)
Ruben Perez (PhD, Fall 2011)
Miguel Rosas (PhD, Fall 2011)
Mayte Harbison (PhD, Spring 2011)
Melissa Huerta (PhD, Spring 2011)
Martin Ponti (PhD, Spring 2011)

Affiliate Members

Rosilie Hernandez, UIC.
Margarita Saona, UIC.
Steven Marsh, UIC.
Diana Niebylski, UIC.
Tatjana Gajic, UIC.
Gabriel Riera, UIC.