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.

Helms, Annie

Annie Helms is a PhD student in the Romance Languages and Literature program. She is interested in the Spanish, Catalan, and French languages and in sociophonetic variation in regions with language contact and bilingualism. Before coming to UC Berkeley, she earned her B.S. from Baylor University with a double major in Spanish and chemistry.

Licata, Gabriella

I am a doctorate student in the RLL program Linguistics track. My research interests include language variation, language politics and ideologies, critical discourse analysis, and feminist studies. I am also interested in the variation–discourse interface as it pertains to speaker identity. My research languages are Italian, Spanish, Genoese, and Catalan.

Munera, Alejandro

Alejandro Múnera joined the Ph.D Program in Hispanic Literatures and Languages at UC Berkeley in 2017. He graduated in 2016 from his B.A in Literary Studies at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, with an emphasis on Research and Literary Criticism. His undergraduate thesis centered on bioethical debates about HIV/AIDS representations in colombian literature and culture. His areas of interest include: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Literature, Critical theory, Gender and Queer theory and Psychoanalysis.

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.

Quesado Valente, Poema

Poema Quesado Valente Meyer earned a BA in English Literature from the Federal University of Bahia, where she also studied Brazilian literature and culture. She was part of a translation research group coordinated by professor Elizabeth Ramos and during that time developed a passion for the subject. She is now a PhD Candidate in Luso-Brazilian literature and culture, working on a dissertation centered on Inter-American relations and the political concept of utopia during the 19th and 20th centuries. Her other research interests include translation, regional literature, and nation-building and race.

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 »