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College of Arts and Sciences

Irina Troconis

Assistant Professor, Romance Studies

 Irina Troconis

Academic focus:

Memory studies, Venezuelan studies, digital humanities, performance and politics in contemporary Latin America, media theory, critical literary theory

Current research project: 

I am currently working on my book manuscript: “Spectral Remains: Memory, Magic, and the State in the Afterglow of Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian Revolution.” I am also working on a couple of articles on two contemporary Venezuelan performance artists: Deborah Castillo and Violette Bule.

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese languages and literatures, New York University, 2019
  • M. Phil., Latin American studies, University of Cambridge, U.K., 2013
  • B.A., Law, jurisprudence, and social thought/French, Amherst College, 2011

Last book read:

Dos espías en Caracas” by Moisés Naím

In your own time/when not working:

Salsa dancing, cycling, going to the movies

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Politics of Memory and Memory of Politics in Latin America; TechnoGhosts, #SocialMovements, and Archives in Motion: Ethics and Aesthetics of the Digital in Latin America

What most excites you about Cornell:

Teaching and working with the students, collaborating with new colleagues on exciting projects, and discovering Ithaca’s natural beauty with my family