B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in American Studies and Romance Languages, M.A. and M.Phil. from Columbia University. He has served as President of the Graduate Association of Latin American and Iberian Cultures (2005-07) and as an Editorial Assistant for the Revista Hispánica Moderna (2007-09).
His dissertation studies the production and use of public and private urban space in both official discourse and in the context of films and novels of the middle period (1951-62) of the Franco dictatorship in Spain. His teaching and research interests include post-civil war Spanish literature and cultural studies, memory and trauma studies, Spanish and Portuguese visual art and media, and urban theory and cultural practices.