I am Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Claremont McKenna College. My research focuses on nineteenth-century Spanish American narrative and essay, with a specific emphasis on gender, race, class, regionalism, and nationalism. My new book, Gender and the Rhetoric of Modernity in Spanish America, 1850-1910 (University Press of Florida, 2016), argues that Spanish-American intellectuals took advantage of the discursive nature of modernity to advance their agendas about gender, the roles of men and women in the family and the public sphere, and national consolidation.