I am a Ph.D. candidate in the department working on North and Latin American literature. My research focuses on the intersection between human rights discourse and 19th -21st century novel. My dissertation, “The Empathy Archive: History, Empathy and the Human Rights Novel in the Americas,” examines how a set of post-1973 novels in North and South America rewrite 19th century novelistic templates to provide a critical take on narrative empathy through their depictions of human rights abuses. This project is part of a growing discourse connecting hemispheric American studies with the evolution of the novel and changing conception of human rights.