Laura is an Associate Professor of English and Literature at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). A native Argentinean, she holds the degree of "Profesora de Lengua Inglesa" from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina, and a doctorate in Postcolonial/Transnational British and Anglophone Literatures and 20th-century Irish Literature from Georgia State University. Her research focuses on the intersections of postcolonial literature and theory and contemporary issues of exploitation in the form of sex trafficking/illegal migration. Her book, Sex Trafficking in Postcolonial Literature: Transnational Narratives from Joyce to Bolaño, analyzes postcolonial fiction dealing with female sex trafficking within the context of globalization (Routledge, 2015; 2017). She has also published articles on postcolonial literature and pedagogy in the peer-reviewed journals College Teaching, the South Atlantic Review: The Journal of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, the James Joyce Quarterly, Irish Migration Studies in Latin America and the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (forthcoming). Her article "Globalized Philomels: State Patriarchy, Transnational Capital, and the Femicides on the US-Mexican Border in Roberto Bolaño’s 2666" was awarded the 2012 South Atlantic Review Essay Prize. She also serves as an Advisory Board member for the non-profit organization Crossing Point Arts: Bringing the Arts to Survivors of Human Trafficking and as an Executive Committee member at SAMLA (South Atlantic Modern Language Association).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Postcolonial literature and theory, gender studies, human trafficking, globalization studies, migration studies, contemporary British and Irish literature