Felipe Martínez-Pinzón earned his BA in Literature and JD from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). He 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 and early 20th century Latin American Literature and culture. His research interests include the representations of tropical nature, the intersections between war and literature and the representations of the people and the popular. He is currently writing a book on cuadros de costumbres, liberal reform, and civil war in mid 19th-century Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.