Denise Oyuki Castillo

I am a first-generation Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic Literature. I received my B.A. from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez in México, and my M.A. from the University of New Mexico in Hispanic Literature. I decided to study literature inspired by the oral traditions and folk tales from Chihuahua and New México shared with me by my grandparents.

Studying: My research focuses on the Cultural Exchange between Europe and America during the Early Modern Period. I am particularly interested in Women’s Writing, Gastronomical Practices, Fashion and Material Cultural Studies in Spain, and the American Viceroyalties. Additional areas of interest include Colonial Discourses on Contemporary Literature, Transatlantic and Transpacific Studies, Hispanic Southwest, and Border Culture Theory.

Faculty Advisor: Mercedes Alcalá Galan

Awards & Honors: Tinker Nave Field Research Grant by Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2020) Tinker Nave Field Research Grant by Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2019) Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship by U.S. Department of Education Academic year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship by U.S. Department of Education (Portuguese) Latino/a Graduate and Professional Student Fellowship by Centro de la Raza at the University of New Mexico Thesis research grant by DELFIN Program; Mexican Academy of Sciences, A.C. ACTFL workshop award by the Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin- Teacher’s workshop grant by Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching development award by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Workshop travel grant by Newberry Renaissance Consortium Student research travel grant by the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference travel grant by Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison