About Me

Agnes (she/they) is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Emory University’s Comparative Literature program. Their area of research is in Caribbean Studies and Critical Tourism Studies. Agnes is informed by their training in Black Feminist thought, Memory and Trauma Studies, Literary Studies, and Caribbean thought. Their dissertation project studies the impact tourism economies have had over Puerto Rico’s art and culture in the two last decades.

They have expense experience in mentorship and leadership and currently serve as a Mellon Mays Graduate Mentor in their institution. Last Fall 2022, Agnes was the instructor on record of CPLT 101: Rhetorical Writing and Critical Reading, which focused on Caribbean tourism rhetoric and its consequences in the lives of Caribbean people reflected on memoirs and non-fiction writing.

Before moving to Atlanta, Agnes majored in English Literature and pursued a Women & Gender Studies certification from The University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (UPRRP). During their time at the UPRRP, they were accepted into the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and developed a research project alongside their mentor Caribbeanist and poet, Dr. Dannabang Kuwabong.

Aside from their scholarship, Agnes is one of the founders of Fractal Puerto Rico, an educational and artistic project. They have organized creative writing workshops in public schools, literary festivals, and online groups. Their poetry book pequeñas catastrofes was published in March 2021 by La Impresora.

Agnes enjoys listening to podcasts, reading poetry, watching movies, and spending time with the people they love in their free time.