Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., Duke University, Program in Literature (1999)

Certificate from Duke-UNC Latin American Studies Program (1996)

Certificate in Women's Studies, Duke University Women's Studies Program (1993)

B.A., Hunter College, City University of New York, Interdisciplinary Honors Program, Spanish and Latin American Studies Department, French, Study Abroad in Paris, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1991)

Awards and Honors

Engaged Scholarship Initiative Grant, Center for Community Engagement, Amherst College, 2014

Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University,  Spring 2011

Ford Foundation Fellow, 2007-08

Faculty Research Award Program, Amherst College, Large Grant, 2008

Faculty Research Award Program, Amherst College, Small Grant, 2007, 2011, 2013

Featured Emerging Scholar, Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine, January 12, 2006

Woodrow Wilson Faculty Career Enhancement Fellow, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2001-2002

Rockefeller Foundation Post Doctoral Fellow, Centro de Estudos Literarios da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Modernidades Tardias No Brasil, Belo-Horizonte, Brazil, March, 1999 to August, 1999

Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Duke University, 1995-96

FLAS, Foreign Language and Area Studies Award to participate in an intensive advanced Portuguese course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for six weeks, summer 1992

Mellon Mayes Undergraduate Fellow, 1989-1991

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Award, 1988-1993

National Foundation for the Arts, Semifinalist in the National Classical Ballet Competition held in Florida, 1982

Scholarly and Professional Activities

Member, Society of Dance History Scholars

Member, World Dance Alliance

Member, Caribbean Studies Association

Member, Modern Languages Association

Member, Latin American Studies Association


See Also: Research Interests , Teaching Interests and Selected Publications