I am Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies with a focus on Latin American film and cultural studies. I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay but came to Canada at an early age. I studied at the University of Toronto (BA) and McGill University (MA) before moving to New Orleans, LA to embark on my next degree. I received my PhD in Spanish from Tulane University in 2002. I then joined the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. My teaching and research specializes in Latin American film, exploitation film, critical theory, popular culture, censorship, sex on screen studies, and cultural politics during the Cold War, mainly but not limited to Argentina. I have published articles in prestigious journals such as: Porn Studies, ADE Bulletin /ADFL Bulletin, Studies in Hispanic Cinemas, Cultural Critique, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, and Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. I co-edited with Dolores Tierney (University of Sussex, UK) the SSHRC supported Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinemas, and Latin America (Routledge, 2009) and have recently completed a new manuscript titled The Bó-Sarli Exploits in Affective Intimacy. As Associate Chair Graduate (July 2013-December 2015) I helped to re-imagine, restructure, and implement revised graduate degrees in the department. Improving the academic and cultural environment for graduate students motivated many of the changes to the program. I am currently Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies with a portfolio in Student Academic Affairs.