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Jmelo2@stanford.edu

EDUCATION

2015 –  Present

Ph.D. Candidate / Program in Modern Thought and Literature

Minor in Art History

Advisors: Héctor Hoyos; Jean Ma; Shane Denison; Zephyr Frank; Fabio Barry

Stanford University

2011 – 2013

M.A. in English / Focus on literature

George Mason University

2005 – 2008

B.A. in Government and International Politics

Minor in Latin American Studies

George Mason University

ACADEMIC & RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2017 – 2018                     Instructor, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Honors College.

July – Aug. 2017              Instructor, Stanford University, Pre-collegiate Summer Institutes.

July – Aug. 2016              Instructor, Stanford University, Pre-collegiate Summer Institutes.

2007 – 2008                     Research Assistant, George Mason University. Project: State Violence and Social Movements in Latin America, directed by Professor Jo-Marie Burt.

CERTIFICATIONS

2015

German Intensive course, 8 weeks; A2.1. German Language A2 Certification. Goethe-Institut. Berlin, Germany.

PUBLICATIONS

2018

“Roberto Bolaño’s Urban Labyrinths: The City as Metaphor for the Silent Universe” in José E. González and Timothy R. Robbins eds. Urban Landscapes in 21st Century Latin American Fiction. Palgrave McMillan.

2017

“Mark Baugh-Sasaki: Art as Archeology of the Landscape.” in Matthew J. Mason ed. Site Unseen: 2017 MFA Exhibition Catalog. Stanford: Department of Art and Art History.

2008

“Juicio a Fujimori: Tercer reporte de la misión de observación de WOLA” Translation of Third WOLA Observer Mission Report on the Fujimori Trial, by Jo-Marie Burt. The Washington Office on Latin America website.

INVITED LECTURES & CONFERENCES

February 2018

“Batman and Urbanism.” Guest lecture for the course Batman Begins: How the Nineteenth Century Created the Dark Knight, with Professor Brian Wall. Honors College, University of Las Vegas Nevada.

October 2017

“Rogelio Salmona and the Reconfiguration of Space in Bogotá, Colombia, 1970 – 2001.” Paper presentation, Interdisciplinary Dissertation Workshop: DLCL, Art & Art History, Communications, and English departments. Respondent: Claus Pias. Stanford University.

May 2017

“The Library of Babel and the Utopian City.” Guest lecture for the course Borges and Philosophy, with Professor Héctor Hoyos. Stanford University.

June 2017

“Lessons from the German Public Sphere Debate.” Paper presentation, annual meeting of the Law and Society Association (LSA). Mexico City.

April 2017

“Public Space and Experience: Bogotá and the Urbanism of Enrique Peñalosa.” Paper presentation, annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). “Urban Cultural Studies” panel. Boston.

January 2016

“Metabolisms of Leisure: Event Urbanism in Washington DC.” Paper presentation, 2016 Ruhr Ph.D. Forum in American Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum and TU Dortmund.

COURSES TAUGHT & DESIGNED

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Spring 2018                      Architecture and Ideology: Design and the Capitalist City. HON 410.

Fall 2017                           Utopian/Dystopian Visions of the City in Cinema and Literature. HON 410.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

July – Aug 2017                21st Century Humanities: Visions of the City in Cinema and Literature.

July – Aug 2016                20th Century Art, Aesthetics, and Culture: Introduction to Modernism.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

2017 – 2018                     Director of Working Group on Architecture, Form and Experience.

2017 – 2018                     Mentor. Stanford Vice Provost for Graduate Education EDGE-SBE.

2016 – 2017                     Mentor. First Generation and Low Income (FLI) Mentoring Program.

FELLOWSHIPS & RECOGNITIONS

2017

Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation (SCICN) Fellow

2015

Stanford VPGE Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE-SBE) Fellow

2008

George Mason University Angela J. Khoury/Stephen T. Early Award.

GRANTS

2018                                  VPGE-EDGE Research Travel Grant

2018                                  Europe Center Graduate Student Research Grant

2018                                  Stanford VPGE-SPICE Grant (Working Group on Architecture, From and Experience)

2017                                  Stanford VPGE SPICE Grant (Working Group on Architecture, Form and Experience)

2017                                  Stanford VPGE-EDGE Conference Travel Grant

2016                                  Stanford Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Field Research Travel Grant

2016                                  Stanford VPGE-EDGE Research Travel Grant

2016                                  Stanford VPGE-EDGE Conference Travel Grant

2015                                  Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Office (HSDO) Intensive Language Pilot Grant

COMMUNITY SERVICE

December 2016               Volunteer Guide. We the People, Nevada Regional Competition. CW Woodberry Middle School. Las Vegas, NV.

December 2015               Volunteer Judge. We the People, Northern Virginia Regional Competition. Woodgrove High School. Purcellville, VA.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2009 – 2015                     Contract Analyst. Michael Baker International. Alexandria, VA.

2008 – 2009                     Teacher, English as a Second Language. Herndon High School. Herndon, VA

AFFILIATIONS

2016 – Present                Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

2016 – Present                American Association of Geographers

LANGUAGES

English (native); Spanish (native); German (Reading); French (Reading)

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