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Camila Pulgar Machado

  • Visiting Lecturer

Camila Pulgar Machado is a Venezuelan scholar and teacher with a PhD in Literature, Archives, and Pedagogy (Cultural Studies) from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas (UCV). Her doctoral research, which investigated literary and artistic archives of democratic culture, especially during political suppression, was completed with a Fulbright Visiting Scholarship in Pitt’s Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures during 2014-2015. It is documented online:

Before joining the University of Pittsburgh as a Visiting Lecturer, Dr. Pulgar Machado served for several years as a professor of Latin American Literatures at UCV, teaching every level of the undergraduate curriculum, the Academic Internship Seminar, and elective subjects such as “Archives and Urban Imaginaries,” as well as advising undergraduate researchers. At Pitt, she teaches a range of courses across both the Spanish Language and the Literature and Culture curricula, and she serves as an advisor to HLL’s undergraduate Minors.

Dr. Pulgar’s research interests include Venezuelan cultural history, studies in postcolonial archives, art, and writings, migration and contemporary identities, and pedagogical design for student engagement in research and archive-making. She has published monographs on Simón Rodriguez and Miguel Otero Silva and has edited books by cultural theorist Julio Ramos, poet Hanni Ossott, and anthropologist Marc de Civrieux. She contributes a regular column on archives and migration, art, literature, and pedagogy in “Papel Literario,” the literary supplement of Venezuela’s El Nacional.  

Currently, she is working on a collection of essays about archival imagination in the present day, exploring the uses of archives and materialisms in divergent contexts for pedagogy and artistic practices. With a working title of Data Portátil, the book draws on her recent journal and online publications.

Teaching (at Pitt)

  • SPAN 0103 Spanish Language 3
  • SPAN 0104 Spanish Language 4
  • SPAN 1055 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPAN 0120 Spanish Conversation
  • SPAN 1250 Hispanic Civilizations

Areas of Specialization

  • Latin American civilizations and literatures
  • Venezuelan cultural history
  • Studies in postcolonial archives, art, and writing
  • Migration and contemporary identities
  • Innovative pedagogies and spaces of knowledge