Katrina Barrientos


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PhD in Iberian and Latin American Studies

Research Interests

A native of New York, Katrina Corazon Barrientos is a first-year PhD student in Spanish Literature at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her BA in Spanish Literature with a minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany in 2015. Katrina then obtained an MA in Spanish Literature with a minor in Spanish Cultural Studies at the same university in 2016. 

Katrina’s research has centered on decoloniality, cultural hegemony, human rights and the development of (national) selfhood as depicted in the 20th- and 21st-century literature and film of Latin America. Her honors thesis, “La adversidad de ser: Resistencia al colonialism psicológico en la poesía de Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda y Nicanor Parra,” analyzed the voice of decoloniality in diverse poetic forms, and sought to identify unlikely similarities between these three Latin American poets across decades and national borders. Katrina went on to present other conference projects focused on decoloniality, including a paper tracing early roots of decolonial poetry in three Panamanian writers, and a short film on the concept of the feminine body as an extended metaphor for the (de)colonized nation.

Following the same vein of research, Katrina’s planned dissertation topic is a comparative analysis of the work of select 19th- to 21st-century poets from the Southern Cone and the Philippines. In her project, she seeks to highlight parallels and contrasts in the voices of resistance against Spanish colonization and psychological coloniality as they were born, grew and evolved on opposite sides of the globe.

When she is not busy with her academic pursuits, Katrina enjoys writing her own poetry and novels about characters of color as they navigate life in America and sometimes lose each other, but find themselves. Katrina is also a music enthusiast who plays the piano, sings operatic pop and occasionally composes original pieces.


Abad, Katrina B. “Guión de Yo fumo puros como mi abuela: un cortometraje.” Scholars Archive at University at Albany 4 March 2017: 1-3. Web.

Abad, Katrina B. “From Locus Amoenus to Locus Horribilis: Provincial and Urban Spaces of Cultural (Re)Assertion and Hegemony in Yates and Sigel’s When the Mountains Tremble and Bustamante’s Ixcanul.” Scholars Archive at University at Albany 6 October 2017: 1-15. Web.

Conference Presentations

“From Locus Amoenus to Locus Horribilis: Provincial and Urban Spaces of Cultural (Re)Assertion and Hegemony in Yates and Sigel’s When the Mountains Tremble and Bustamante’s Ixcanul.” Presented at Views from Below: The Underdog in Contemporary Latin American and Spanish Film, University at Albany, October 6, 2017.

“‘La gran niebla en el alma’: Voces de autoidentificación y decolonialidad temprana en la poesía de Feuillet, Escobar y Hernández.” Presented at the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) Hemispheric Transformations Conference, University of Virginia, March 25, 2017.

Yo fumo puros como mi abuela: Una reinterpretation cinemática de “Mi abuela fumaba puros” de Sabine Ulibarrí. Presented at the Annual Latin American & Caribbean Students (LACS) Graduate Student Conference, University at Albany, March 4, 2017.

“Lost in Translation? English Influence on the Pragmatic and Idiomatic Expressions of Spanish Heritage Speakers.” Presented at the 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference, University at Albany, April 29, 2016.

“People Power, Persistence and Pride: A Comparison of 20th-Century Nonviolent Movements in South Africa and the Philippines.” Presented at the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) Social Research & Social Justice (SRSJ) Undergraduate Conference, Muhlenberg College, April 4, 2014.

Contact information

343 O'Shaughnessy Hall

Mailing Address:

University of Notre Dame
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
343 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556