About the panelists

Shawn McDaniel is a Postdoctoral Associate of Spanish Literature whose research and teaching interests center on Latin American, Caribbean, and diasporic literature, intellectual history, and culture, with an emphasis on Cuba. He received his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY), his M.A. in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma, and his B.A. in Celtic Studies and English from St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia, Canada). He has taught interdisciplinary courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, American Studies, and Celtic Studies at Cornell University and at Lehman College, CUNY. He is currently completing a book manuscript that examines the tensions between race, religiosity, and epistemology in early 20th-century anti-imperialist discourses in Latin America (focusing on Arielist intellectuals). A second book project in preparation recuperates the work of a forgotten Cuban modernist writer in New York in the late 19th-century as a lense through which to revisit the politics of transnational Latin@ experience and global literary aesthetics.

Luis Othoniel Rosa (Puerto Rico, 1985) received a B.A. in Literature from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Princeton University in 2012, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University. He joined Colorado College in the fall of 2014. Recently he finished the manuscript of his first academic book, entitled “Para una estética anarquista: Borges con Macedonio”.

María Hernández-Ojeda is Associate Professor at Hunter College. As a researcher of Spanish (Pen)insular and Transatlantic literature, she examines texts that question concepts of essentialism and fixed national identities within the Atlantic geopolitical locus. She is particularly interested in the literary, historical and cultural relationship between The Canary Islands and Latin America. Her current projects deal with a number of anarchist and feminist women authors who have contributed to the construction of the national discourse both in Spain and Latin America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Marcos Wasem is Visiting Assistant Professor in Latin-American poetry at Purdue University. He has earned a Ph.D. at the Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at CUNY’s Graduate Center in 2005. He studied Literature at the Instituto de Profesores Artigas, in Montevideo, Uruguay, and earned an M.A. at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published the essays El amor libre en Montevideo. Roberto de las Carreras y la irrupción del anarquismo erótico en el 900, winner of Uruguay’s National Literature Prize in essay in 2014 (Montevideo: Banda Oriental, Biblioteca Nacional, 2015); Barroso y sublime: poética para Perlongher (Buenos Aires: Godot, 2008), as well as several articles in scholarly journals. He is currently researching how anarchist practices informed Latin American literature and culture in the late 19th century.