Originally from Ohio, I am a fourth year PhD candidate (ABD) in Spanish Literature at Purdue University, after having completed a Master of Arts in Spanish while living and working in Madrid, Spain for three years. My principle research areas include microrrelatos (flash fiction) and cognitive literary studies, as well as their intersection with the digital humanities. To that end, I perform empirical research and experiments as well as qualitative research in cognitive priming, perception, embodied cognition, theory of mind, conceptual blending, and the pro-social consequences of literacy. This research is applied to literary texts in 20th and 21st C. Spanish literature, from pre-dictatorship to the present; the influence that context has over the reader's participation in fiction; graphic novels; and digital literature.
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