I combine careers as a scholar, film critic, and media archivist/preservation activist. I hold an MA and a PhD in Latin American Literature (University of Oregon and Arizona State University, 2000) and an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (New York University, 2013). My research interests include Media Preservation, Film Archives, Media Archeology, Administration of Memory Institutions, Film Studies, Latin American/Latino-a Cinema, Cultural Studies and Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, and Immigration Studies.
I am the author of Sitios de Contienda. Producción Cultural y el Discurso de la Violencia (Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2010), and Cinembargo Colombia. Ensayos críticos sobre cine y cultura colombiana (Universidad del Valle, 2009), published in English by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. I am the co-editor of Humor in Latin American Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Currently, I am forwarding a digital humanities collaborative project, tentatively entitled Kamani: Audiovisual Archives, Cultural History and the Digital Turn in Latin America, and a research project entitled Memoria Nacional/Movilidad transnacional: la experiencia fílmica colombiana en el extranjero en años recientes.
I have been an organizer and a participant in the Archival Exchange Program (APEX) from NYU-MIAP (Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and Spain 2013-2017). Before coming to NYU, I held appointments at the University of Kentucky, and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I also taught courses on Audiovisual Patrimony Administration, and Film Studies at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and at the School of Film and Television at Universidad Nacional (Bogotá). As Archival Consultant for Proimágenes Colombia, I coordinated the presentation of the restored films of filmmaker Carlos Mayolo, and I worked on the preservation of Yuruparí, a TV series of ethnographic documentaries about Afro-descendant and indigenous heritage and culture, working with grants from the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAF), and the Colombian Ministry of Culture. Working with Pamela Vizner, I am also working in the restoration of nine works of filmmaker Luis Ospina, a project funded by the Instituto Distrital de las Artes, Bogotá (IDARTES).