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Marcela Junguito Camacho

Ph.D. Candidate in Iberian and Latin American Cultures

I was born in Bogotá, Colombia. I obtained a B.A. in Literature from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, graduating Magna Cum Laude and publishing my undergraduate thesis on Augusto Roa Bastos's Yo El Supremo (I The Supreme). In Colombia, I worked as an editorial consultant and a high school literature teacher. I lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where I worked as a Spanish/English and English/Spanish interpreter in “Reaching MDGs (Marginalized and Disadvantaged Girls) to achieve the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)", a workshop on programming for marginalized and disadvantaged adolescent girls focusing on projects supported by the UNF. The workshop was organized by UNICEF in coordination with UNFIP, UNFPA, Population Council, and WHO.

I specialize in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature, Transatlantic Studies, and Critical Theory. I have also worked on Transculturation Theory, as well as Dictatorship and Post-Dictatorship Narratives. 


  • “Transculturación y subalternidad. La lluna mor amb aigua (1968), de Agustí Bartra.” Fractal. Revista trimestral. Ilán Semo Groman ed. (Mexico: Forthcoming). 
  • Junguito, Marcela.  El pasquín catedralicio o la deconstrucción del discurso del poder absoluto en Yo el Supremo, de Augusto Roa Bastos. Bogotá, Colombia: Universidad de Los Andes, Facultad de Artes y Humanidades, Departamento de Humanidades y Literatura, 2003.

Papers Presented

  • “Transatlantic Reelaborations of the Indigenista Novel.” Hispanic Transatlantic Studies: A State of the Art Conference. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. April 19-21, 2012.
  • “Re-Imagining Latin America: Catalan Writers in Mexico.” MLA Convention. Seattle, WA. January 8, 2012.  
  • Round-Table Discussion with Rubén Gallo (Princeton) and Héctor Hoyos (Stanford). Moderated by Joan Ramon Resina (Stanford). Crossing the Atlantic: Catalans in Mexico, 1939. International Conference. Stanford, CA. October 7, 2011.
  • “Theorizing Hispano-Americanism.” Cultural Synchronization and Disjuncture ( Stanford, CA. April 15, 2011.
  • “Post-Independence Latin American Literature.” Public Lectures at The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Stanford, CA. January 18, 2011.
  • “Post-Independence Latin-American Literature.” Bicentennial Celebration of the Independence of Colombia, Mexico, and Chile. University of San Francisco. San Francisco, CA. November 17, 2010.   
  • “The Latin American Dictator Novel of the 1970s: Dismantling The Power Machine.” ACLA Annual Meeting. Cambridge, MA. March 27, 2009.                                            

Grants and Awards

  • Graduate Research Oportunity (GRO) Grant. School of Humanities and Sciences. Stanford, CA. Summer 2011.
  • Student-led Working Group Grant for the proposed Research Group on “Catalan Exiles in Mexico.” Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Stanford, CA. 2010-2011.                                 

Teaching Experience – Stanford University

  • Spanish 5B. Intensive Spanish Course. First year, second quarter. Summer 2013.
  • Spanish 5C. Intensive Spanish Course. First year, third quarter. Summers of 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
  • Spanish 3. First year, third quarter. Spring 2008, Spring 2012.
  • Spanish 100. Advanced Conversation Through Literature and Film (Two sections). Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013.
  • Spanish 21 B. Spanish for Home-Background Speakers. Fall 2008.
  • Spanish 1. First year, first quarter. Fall 2007.
  • Spanish 2. First year, second quarter. Winter 2008.   

Other Academic Experience  

  • Coordinator and Cofounder. Research Group on Exiles (with Joan Ramon Resina). Stanford, CA. Fall 2011-Spring 2012.
  • Copywriter and Web Content Developer for the DLCL (Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages) website. Stanford, CA. June-July, 2011.
  • Organizer. Crossing the Atlantic: Catalans in Mexico, 1939. International Conference (with Joan Ramon Resina). Stanford, CA. October 7, 2011. 
  • Founder. Research Group on Catalan Exile in Mexico: 1939, a Center for Latin American Studies Student-led Working Group. 2010-2011. 
  • Co-organizer. Asynchronicity: Cultural Theory in Comparison. International Colloquium (with Héctor Hoyos). May 28, 2010.
  • Coordinator and Co-Founder. Research Group on Cultural Synchronization and Disjuncture. (with Héctor Hoyos). Stanford, CA. Fall 2009-Spring 2011. 

Community Service 

  • Volunteer Instructor. Spanish 102. First year, second semester. Patten University, Prison University Project (PUP). San Quentin Prison, San Quentin, CA. Spring 2011.
  • Volunteer organizer and logistics officer. Colombian Presidential Elections. General Consulate of Colombia in San Francisco, CA. May 2010 and June 2010. 
  • Volunteer Spanish/English and English/Spanish translator and interpreter assisting attorney in pro-bono case challenging the Department of Justice’s practice of shackling individuals during immigration proceedings. Interviewed female inmates in correctional facility in Richmond, CA. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. February 2011. 
  • Volunteer Spanish/English and English/Spanish translator and interpreter assisting attorney in domestic violence and immigration pro-bono case. Also helped with drafting a statement regarding incidences. The statement was submitted along with an application for a U-Visa, which was granted and will allow the client to lawfully reside and work in the United States. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. San Francisco CA. May-November, 2010. 

Professional Associations

  • MLA (Modern Languages Association). 
  • LASA (Latin American Studies Association).