M. Fernanda Díaz-Basteris

María Fernanda Díaz-Basteris

Position Title
Graduate Student in Spanish, Associate in Spanish

115 Sproul Hall
Bio

Education

PhD in Latin American Literatures and Cultures

 Dissertation: “Narrativa gráfica: arte independiente, memoria histórica   y pedagogía.” 

RESEARCH INTEREST(S)

  • Caribbean literature [Cuba, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana] 
  • Latinx Identity and Culture
  • Latin American Cultural Studies
  • Visual Cultures: Graphic narratives, Comics
     

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Associate Instructor


2013 – 2019      Department of Spanish & Portuguese University of  California Davis.

 Courses taught: 

SPA2, SPA3 – Elementary Spanish

SPA 21, SPA22 – Intermediate Spanish

SPA23, SPA24 – Advanced Spanish Composition

SPA V2, SPA V3 – UC Online, Virtual Elementary Spanish


2011 – 2013 Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati.

Courses taught:

101, 102 and 103 – Basic Spanish

 


Teaching Assistant

2017 Department of Spanish & Portuguese University of California, Davis.

Courses taught:

“California and Latin America” – SPA177

 


Upper Division               

2017 Department of Spanish & Portuguese University of California, Davis.

Courses taught:

“Introducción al análisis textual y la lectura crítica” – SPA 100


Instructor of Record

2010- 2011 Modelo University of Yucatán.

Course taught: Anthropology of Global Sports, Yucatán, México.

INVITED TALKS

2019      “Hurricanes, graphic narratives and colonialism”, Keynote Speaker. Contemporary Art               Museum of Puerto Rico.

2018      “Roundtable on Comics and Popular Culture,” Mellon Initiative in Racial Capitalism, UC              Davis.

2017      “Dibujando la diáspora: narrativas gráficas en San Juan, PR.” Graduate Seminar in        Cultural Studies, University of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

2019 Accepted. A/B: Auto/Biography StudiesMigration, Exile, and Diaspora  in Graphic Life Narratives. Contribution to the Forum on “Ethics and   Empathy in Graphic Life Narratives”. Spring 2020. 

2018 Under review. “Social Media, jóvenes y política: webcomics,  trauma y desastres naturales”. Alter/nativas. Revista de estudios culturales latinoamericanos. Winter 2019.

2015   “Ventajas de viajar en tren: la incertidumbre de una voz múltiple.”  Homenaje a Luis Rafael Sánchez: más allá de las palabras. CUADRIVIUM.      Journal of the Spanish Department of the University of Puerto Rico. Vol.   16. No. 10. Spring 2015. San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 2013     “La violencia como deje central en dos cuentos de Oscar Collazos.” La  Colmena, Journal of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM). Vol.78. Spring 2013, Mexico City.

2013   “¿Afiliación o independencia? Felices días tíos Sergio, una batalla       literaria contra el olvido.” Ciencia Ergo Sum, Journal of the University of the State of Mexico. Vol. 20. Summer, 2013, Mexico City.

2009   “Viaje narrativo en La guagua aérea de Luis Rafael Sánchez: propuesta  identitaria ante la asimilación estadounidense”. Vol. 31, No. 2, Temas Antropológicos. Journal of the Autonomous University of Yucatán. Fall  2009, Merida, Yucatan.

Creative writing

2013  “Piedra caliza” Replicante. Winter 2013.

Awards and Grants

2019      Travel Grant for Graduate Students. American Comparative Literature Association.      

2018      UC Davis Humanities Institute. Reading and Writing Group Award. Decolonizing Comics.

2017      UC Davis Humanities Institute. Reading, Writing and Collaboration Groups Award.      Decolonizing Comics.

2017      Dissertation Writing Fellowship. Dean of Letters and Sciences. Department of Spanish                and Portuguese at UC Davis. Field work in Puerto Rico: “Drawing the     Diaspora,              Graphic Narratives in San Juan PR”.

2015      Hemispheric Institute on the Americas - Tinker Foundation Summer Fellowship, UC   Davis. Research project in Dominican Republic: “Graphic Novels in the Hispanophone      Caribbean Literary Market”.

2015      Margrit Mondavi Summer Fellowship. Research project in Puerto Rico:               “Understanding Diaspora through Graphic Novels of the Hispanic Caribbean”.

2013      Graduate Program Fellowship for Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition from the Spanish           and Portuguese department at the University of California Davis.

2013      Bejel-Gibbs Graduate Student Award in Latin American Studies.

2013      Taft Department Enhancement Fund Award. Cincinnati, OH.

2012      Graduate Enhancement Award, University of Cincinnati.

2011      Graduate Scholarship of the Graduate School, University of Cincinnati. 

2009      Scholarship for Excellent Young Researchers, Autonomous University of Yucatán.

SERVICE

University & Professional Service

2019- 2020 Curator. The Humanities Action Lab. Initiative on Climate and Environmental Justice Exhibition.

2016 – 2019 Co-Founder Decolonizing Comics. Graduate Group, UC Davis.

2016 - 2017 Graduate Student Association Representative (GSA- UCD).

2016   “UndocuAlly Educator Certification”, AB 540 & Undocumented Center, UC Davis

2015  Director – 11th Annual Samuel Armistead Colloquium, UC Davis.

Outreach & Community Service

2015 – 2019 Language Instructor “Intercambio” Language and Cultural Exchange Program at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School in partnership with UC Davis Linguistics Department.

Thong Hy Huynh Awards, Excellence in Community Involvement by the City of Davis.

2015 – 2019  Program Coordinator, “Club de lectura” Yolo Center for Families, Davis, CA.