Felipe Martínez-Pinzón received his Ph.D in Spanish and Portuguese from New York University. Before coming to Brown, he was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). He works on 19th century Latin American Literature and culture. His research interests include the representations of tropical nature, the intersections between war and literature, and the relations between Gothic and race. He is currently writing a book on cuadros de costumbres and Liberal reform in mid 19th century Latin America.