Jessie Marroquín recently received her Ph.D. from the Departments of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Her dissertation focuses on the intersection of violence and aesthetics of death in Mexico during the 20th and 21st centuries. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College in Modern Languages (Spanish and French) with a minor in Biocultural Anthropology. She completed her Master’s Degree in Spanish at the University of Virginia in 2015, after which Jessie worked as a Latin America Regional Analyst for the U.S. Marine Corps at Quantico, VA at the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning (CAOCL). She returned to Charlottesville in August 2017 to pursue her doctorate in Spanish. She has lived in Mexico, France, and Spain and has experience traveling in Guatemala, Cuba, Argentina, and Spain among other non-Spanish speaking countries.