Graduate Students

Berner, Justin

Justin Berner is a PhD student in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, focusing on the intersection of New Media Theory and the modern literature of the Iberian Peninsula. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Justin studied Spanish Literature and Economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles before entering Berkeley’s PhD program.


Borowitz, Molly

Molly came to Berkeley in 2012 by way of Princeton (A.B. 2009), Cambridge (M.Phil 2010), and the Dominican Republic, where she taught high-school history. She is interested in all things Jesuit during the early-modern period (intellectual » read more »

Fierro, Alfonso

My areas of interest are Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature. Science Fiction and Crime Fiction in modern Latin America. Critical Theory.

Gimenes Hernandez, Monica

Originally from Brazil, Mônica Gimenes Hernández is a Ph.D. student focusing on narratives of crime and violence in Brazil and Spanish America. She is interested in topics of gender, race, and authoritarianism. She holds an M.A in Spanish and a B.A. in Multimedia Studies: Journalism with a certificate in Latin American Studies, both from Florida Atlantic University.

Neyra Tercero, Delia

She obtained her B.A. with a double major in English and Spanish magna cum laude at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA. During college, she founded a literary magazine in Spanish, Verso y flor, in order to showcase and » read more »

Ochoa Villicana, Maria

She earned her M.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame and her B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include the colonial period, twenty-century literature, and women representations.

Thomas, Jenelle

Jenelle is a PhD candidate Romance Languages and Literatures (emphasis Linguistics). Her interests include historical sociolinguistics, phonology and language contact in Spanish and French.

Wind, Ariel

Before coming to UC Berkeley, Ariel attended Washington University in St. Louis, where her thesis on the politics of representation of post-NAFTA Mexican film, literature, and theater was awarded top honors. She also worked with Terry » read more »

Zavalza Hough-Snee, Dexter

(B.A. University of Chicago; M.A. San Diego State University)

Dexter is a doctoral candidate whose dissertation research focuses on satire and economic thought in colonial Latin America. Situated in the matrix between literary studies and art history and geographically spanning the Iberian world, Dexter’s work engages manuscripts, » read more »