My research interests include the study of how confessional beliefs and lived religion intersect in the shaping of how some members of the Morisco population of early modern Spain self-identified and portrayed themselves in their literary works. These works were composed mostly in Aljamiado (Spanish language written in Arabic letters) but include influences from other languages as well.

Educational Background &
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Educational Background

  • B.A.: International Studies and Spanish Majors, Thesis title: “School of Change: The School of the America’s Influence on US Foreign Policy”, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California,
  • M.A. : Middle Eastern Studies, Thesis title: “Nationalism and Tourism: Reflections of Jordanian Nationalist Narratives on Historical Sites”, Thesis advisor: Orit Bashkin, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2010 -
  • M.A.: Hispanic Literatures/Cultures , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2017 -