Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Recent advances in manipulation and storage of large quantities of data, digitization of bibliographical material, and optimization of algorithms for optical character recognition have jointly allowed the creation of large digitized corpora. I am interested in trancing the evolution of written language using large corpora of digitized bibliographical material. In particular, I focus on the Portuguese and Spanish languages, with particular emphasis on changes in pronominal forms. I work with Joan Ramon Resina and Marc Feldman, who are in the Departments of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and Biology, respectively, at Stanford. Also, I have a longstanding research collaboration with curators Glen Worthey, Adán Griego and Ever Rodríguez at the Stanford Libraries, and with Lyris Wiedemann and Agripino Silveira in the Stanford Language Center.
In addition to my language evolution research, I am studying journalism during the Spanish Civil War, with an emphasis on reporting practices and diffusion of information.
I obtained my B.Sc. in physics from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and completed my undergraduate thesis on chaotic transport in deterministic ratchets under the supervision of José Luis Mateos. Thereafter, I joined the Ph.D. program in Molecular Biophysics at Johns Hopkins, working in the lab of David Draper. My doctoral research focused on experimental validation of the Poisson-Boltzmann formalism in describing electrostatic components of binding and folding of RNA-protein complexes. I have recently finished my second Ph.D. in the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford. Currently, I work as an independent scholar examining the evolution of written Spanish and Portuguese and hold a Senior Scientist position at Quantapore Inc.
In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, climbing, skiing, biking, running and scuba diving. I am currently working towards getting my pilot’s license.