Collegiate Assistant Professor, Humanities
Core: Reading Cultures
Ph.D. Princeton University, 2017
Miguel's academic background is in linguistics and literature, which he complemented with cultural and architectural studies during his PhD.
He studies how public and private spaces —monumentality, domesticity, and intimacy— are constructed in 20th and 21st century literature, architecture, art and urban planning.
Miguel is currently completing a book manuscript titled Monumental Anxieties, on the controversy of monumentality and the reinvention of monuments between the 1920s and 1970s. He argues that while the monumental scale of construction was viewed with suspicion in Europe after the totalitarian experiences, it was embraced by countries such as Mexico and Brazil as a symbol of their aesthetic independence. He also shows how both capitalist and socialist states redefined the role of monuments: instead of keeping societies rooted in their past, monuments were built to transform communities and embrace the ideals of an utopian future.
For his next book project, he plans to move from the construction of public space to private space and intimacy. Miguel is the author of the blog ASS- (Amor, Sexo y Serología) on HIV/AIDS. Inspired by the interviews and narratives of this blog, he is preparing a publication on the notion of intimacy as a space constructed by legal, medical, activist, literary and artistic discourses in the Americas after the development and commercialization of antiretroviral therapies.
He is also interested in psychoanalysis. In 2014, he founded the Princeton Psychoanalysis Reading Group, which in 2015 organized the conference Freud Today at the Freud Museum in Vienna. In 2016-2017, he was a Fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association.