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Kiana Gonzalez Cedeno

Currently Kiana is the co-chair of GSA TROPOS. She presented at the Conferencia Internacional de Literatura Hispana, GSA TROPOS Conference, and most recently the Northeastern MLA. She also presented in the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in April.

Mary Ann Lugo

Mary Ann Lugo published an interview with María Teresa Ronderos, author of Guerras Recicladas (2015), a book-length investigation into the history of the rise of Colombian paramilitarism. For this book, Ronderos received the Simón Bolivar “Journalist of the Year” award in 2015.  The interview with María Teresa Ronderos is titled “Ethical Journalism and Crónica in the Digital Ageand appeared in the Revista de Estudios Colombianos.In this interview Ronderos shares her views on ethics in online journalism and best practices for humanely reporting on victims as well as perpetrators in times of civil strife.


Laura Romero 


Laura Romero worked with the GSA-TROPOS association this year to help host pitch-a-palooza II. The GSA-TROPOS association at RCS hosted Pitch-A-Palooza II on April 5th, between 2-4 pm at Wells Hall (B243). For this edition, there were five graduate students who were "pitching" their current research to an audience that included both faculty and other RCS students. The idea was to provide constructive feedback to the presenters, as well as do some networking. 


Claudia Berrios Campos

Claudia is a PhD Candidate in Hispanic Cultural Studies. She was the Recipient of the Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University (2019). Her conference papers include:

 “The Figure of  ‘Trickster’ as a Form of ‘Passing’.” Interrogating Identity Formation and Passing in Global Contexts, 2018-19 Faculty Seminar, Michigan State University, February 22, 2019. “'Cazadores vienen y van’: La violencia de género como estrategia de guerra en la novela La sangre de la aurora, de Claudia Salazar Jiménez”. 17th TROPOS Graduate Student Conference 2018. Michigan State University. “Whose reality? Representing and Represented Identities in Arts and Politics.” East Lansing, Michigan, October 12-13, 2018. §  “The sasachakuy tiempo. Analysis of Female Voices and Intersectional Violence during the Peruvian Armed Conflict (1980-2000).”  XXVIII Annual Meeting of the Association of Gender and Sexuality Studies (AEGS), University of Illinois, Chicago, September 27-29, 2018.

Osvaldo Sandoval

Osvaldo is a PhD Candidate in Hispanic Cultural Studies in the Romance and Classical Studies Department. He graduated this semester. His dissertation defense took place on April 19, 2019. He has recently accepted a position of tenure-stream Assistant Professor of Latin American and Peninsular Spanish Theater in the Department of Romance Languages at Colgate University. His recent publications include:

“Del texto a la representación teatral: Espacios alegóricos de la inmigración en La puerta estrecha (2000) de Eusebio Calonge.” Spanish and Portuguese Review. 4 (2018): 83-100.


Upcoming Conference Presentations:

“Teatro del insilio: víctimas y cómplices en La complicidad de la inocencia (Terror y miseria de la clase media argentina).” LASA 2019: Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion. Boston, Massachusetts. May 24-27, 2019.

Osvaldo's recent Fellowships awards include:

Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Michigan State University, Fall 2018.

Current Academic Service:

Co-Editor: TROPOS Journal. Romance and Classical Studies Department.