Visiting Assistant Professors

‌Monica Duran, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Email | Merrick Bldg. 210-31  |  305-284-4858 Ext. 8-7268

Elizabeth Groff, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Email | Merrick Bldg. 210-17  |  305-284-3239

Liz Groff is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, where she did her undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University. In 2008 she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia to pursue her Masters and PhD at the University of Virginia. In May 2016 she defended her dissertation entitled, “Visual Duras: The Paradox of the Image in the Cinema of Marguerite Duras.” She was a Lecturer at UVA from 2016-2017 where she continued to engage students in the study of French language, cinema, literature, and culture. Her interests include film, 20th century literature, and text/image studies, particularly in the work of Marguerite Duras. She has participated at International Marguerite Duras Conferences, in Montreal, Cerisy, Madrid, and Sydney, as well as conferences in cinema studies.

Eva Silot Bravo, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Email | Merrick Bldg. 210-06  |  305-284-4858  Ext. 8-7263

Eva holds a PhD. in Modern Languages and Literatures from University of Miami, an M.A. in International Studies from Florida International University, a B.A. in International Relations from Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales in Havana, and a degree in Piano and Classical Music. She is a former Consultant and Diplomat in United Nations, a Blogger and an Independent Journalist.

Her research interests focus on Cuban music and literature, narratives of identity: nationalism and transnationalism; post-Soviet narratives; alternative cultural networks and the Transnational Cuban Alternative Music Scene.

Marelys Valencia, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Email | Merrick Bldg. 210-13  |  305-284-3237

Marelys Valencia holds a PhD in Romance Studies from the University of Miami. She obtained her MA in Spanish from the University of Oregon, and her BA in Journalism from the University of Havana. Marelys has worked as a journalist for important media in Latin America and the United States, such as Radio Cooperativa, Chile; the newspaper La Prensa, Bolivia; the Cuban weekly Granma International, and Yahoo News in Spanish. Her articles in the field of Cuban studies have appeared in academic spaces of the United States and Europe, such as Latin American Theatre Review, Cuadernos AISPI, and Letras Femeninas. She is the 2008 James Madison Foundation Cuban Fellow. Research interests include Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures (20th and 2st centuries), politics of identity in performance art and Latinx television, transnationalism and contemporary cosmopolitanisms.

Rachel Varra, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor

Email | Merrick Bldg. 212-12  |  305-284-8407

Rachel Varra has taught language and linguistics at City College, CUNY (New York), Queens College (New York), Lehigh University (PA), Cedar Crest College (PA) and the American University in Cairo (Egypt). She has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Graduate Center, CUNY and an M.A. in TEFL. Her research focusses on language change and contact, sociolinguistics, Spanish in the U.S.