Paola Uparella Reyes


Ph.D in Spanish


PhD Candidate(ABD). She holds an MA in Latin American and Iberian Studies from the University of Notre Dame (2015) and a BA in Literature from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (2010). Her areas of research include Colonial and Transatlantic Studies, Cultural Studies, 19th-century Latin American literature, Afro-Hispanic studies, gender and sexuality, and biopolitics in Latin America and Spain. Her current research focuses on the violent and colonial emergence of the visual regimes of the female body in medicine, literature and art, and on the historical, material and symbolic violence that made the female body and genitalia ultra-visible and intelligible.

Paola’s articles appear in journals such as Hispanic Issues, Revista Iberoamericana, A Contracorriente, and Lingüística y Literatura. Paola participated as graduate student co-organizer on the project “Ecuador Unframed: Dynamic Art and Radical Democracy in a Mural by Oswaldo Guayasamín” sponsored by The Kellogg Institute. This research project–which explored the relationship between art and plastic representations of national identity, race, and state politics in Ecuador–developed into “Art in Motion: Guayasamín’s Ecuador Unframed,” a tour exhibit (2014-2016) shown at several universities in the United States and Switzerland. Paola also produced a video that examines Guayasamín’s early work as an ambivalent representation of the supposedly harmonious processes of mestizaje .


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Other Publications

Awards and Fellowships

  • 16th Feministas Unidas Essay Prize. Feministas Unidas Inc (MLA allied organization).
  • 2018 Victoria Urbano Graduate Student Essay Award by Association of Gender and Sexuality Studies (AEGS) for the work “The Guamanpunian Gaze and Colonial Shame (Guaman Poma's sketches of genitalia).”

  • Residential Fellowship Feminisms and Science: Women in STEM (Oct-Nov 2018) at Faber, the Arts, Sciences and Humanities Residency of Catalonia in Olot, Spain.

  • 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Notre Dame.

  • 2017 GSU Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award. Graduate Student Union, University of Notre Dame.

  • 2016 GSU Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Honorable Mention. Graduate Student Union, University of Notre Dame.

  • Teaching Beyond the Classroom Grant. For “The Symbolic Enchilada” course (ROSP-40662). College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame, 2015.

  • Kellogg Institute Research Grant. “Ecuador Unframed. Dynamic Art and Radical Democracy in a Mural by Oswaldo Guayasamín.” Graduate Co-applicant. Directed by C. Jáuregui, University of Notre Dame, 2013.

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship. Universidad de Los Andes, 2008.

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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