GRADUCon 2021 - First Years Teaching Beyond UChicago (Hum/SS)


The panel will offer attendees the opportunity to explore what it means to teach at a diverse group of institutions. It will provide insight into the relevant skills and experiences that UChicago graduate students and postdocs might cultivate to prepare for successful teaching at other institutions, and give tips on how to be an attractive candidate and convince search committees that you care. The panel will feature recent PhD alumni from the humanities and social sciences in faculty positions.


José Estrada, Assistant Teaching Professor of Hispanic Studies, Carnegie Mellon University (PhD, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, University of Chicago, 2019)

José Estrada’s research is focused on Early Modern Spanish literature, particularly theater, and the emerging transatlantic society as a result of the encounter between Europe and the Americas. A significant amount of his studies revolve around Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (1580?-1639) – Estrada interprets his theater as a form of self-fashioning. Within the early modern period, he also studies the cultural and linguistic exchange between cultures in Colonial Mexico. Estrada is currently studying don Bartolomé de Alva Ixtlilxóchitl’s Nahuatl translations of Spanish Baroque theater in the early 1640s. Hence, his research not only analyzes the role that the American continent played in important debates and developments of the Early Modern period but also how space and place are used to build identities through performance and language in an emerging global society.

Christopher Todd, Assistant Professor of History, University of North Texas (PhD, History, University of Chicago, 2019)

Christopher Todd is assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas. In 2019 he received his doctorate in history from the University of Chicago. While at Chicago, his fields of specialization included US history and Caribbean and Atlantic World history where he focused on the study of slavery and labor in the early modern Atlantic World. He received his BA in History and in Political Science from New York University in 1999. Christopher is currently working on his book manuscript titled, “The Slaves’ Money: Bondage, Freedom and Social Change in Jamaica, 1776-1838.” It examines the distinctive features of slave resistance and political consciousness in the British Caribbean during the period that roughly corresponds to the Age of Democratic Revolutions. By focusing specifically on the Baptist Rebellion of 1831/2, the second largest slave rebellion in the New World and the uprising that led to British slave emancipation, the dissertation argues that the forces unleashed during the Age of Revolutions drew slaves in the British West Indies more directly into the market order in ways that materially shaped their subjectivity and politics. Utilizing archival and published primary sources, Christopher offers a new interpretation of the Baptist Rebellion that shows it emerged out of a complex interplay of global economic dynamics and the local adaptations and initiatives of slaves. Christopher’s work builds upon the scholarship on slave rebellion, slave creolization, the history of capitalism, and the “capitalism and slavery debate.” By centering slaves as subject to rather than as objects of the momentous changes sparked by this tumultuous age, “The Slaves’ Money” allows us to better understand slave subjectivity and politics in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Kalisha Cornett, Lecturer and Undergraduate Academic Advisor for Radio, Television and Film, Northwestern University (PhD, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago, 2019)

Kalisha Cornett has a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago; she served as an academic advisor in the College for two years. She taught in the humanities core and in the Cinema and Media studies department for over a decade at the University of Chicago; she also held a teaching fellowship at Amherst College. Her article ‘Predictive Landscapes’ was published in the peer-reviewed journal Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies in October 2018.

Tania Islas Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, McGill University (PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago, 2019

Dr. Tania Islas Weinstein is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at McGill University. Her teaching and research are dedicated to analyzing struggles over who gets to be politically represented, how, and by whom and how such struggles shape constructions of gender and race as well as notions of community. Rather than focusing exclusively on electoral representation, she studies how artistic production and cultural policy are used as tools for political representation, education, and mobilization. Her work has appeared in journals including Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. She also writes creative nonfiction and art criticism, and has translated the work of the poet and musician Sun Ra into Spanish.


Silvia Guslandi, Humanities Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago (PhD, Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago, 2020)