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Faculty Spotlight: SPS Welcomes Paola Uparela

Paola UparelaPaola Uparela (Assistant Professor, Hispanic Literature) specializes in Colonial and Transatlantic Latin American cultural studies, gender, sexuality, and queer studies, visual culture, race, and biopolitics. She holds a PhD in Spanish (2019) and an MA in Latin American and Iberian Studies (2015) from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a BA in Literature from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia, 2010).

Paola’s current research focuses on the colonial emergence of gyneco-scopic regimes and on the material and symbolic violence that made the female genitalia ultra-visible and intelligible. Paola has received numerous teaching and research awards, such as the 2018 Victoria Urbano Essay Award, the Feministas Unidas Essay Prize, and the fellowship Feminisms and Science: Women in STEM. Paola’s articles appear in H-ART, Hispanic Issues, A contracorriente, Lingüística y Literatura, among other academic journals. When Paola is not working, she does performing arts and loves to dance.