María A. Gutiérrez Bascón received her PhD in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago in 2018. Entitled “La Habana imaginada: Nostalgia, ruinas y utopía después de 1990,” her dissertation investigated the ways in which the city of Havana has been imagined since the fall of the Berlin Wall, with a particular emphasis on documentary film, literature, architecture and urbanism. Gutiérrez is currently working on a book manuscript based on her doctoral work, which she completed thanks to a Mellon Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship, awarded in 2016. From 2012 to 2017, Gutiérrez regularly taught Spanish language and Latin American literature courses at the University of Chicago. In 2014 and 2015, she served as program assistant for the University of Chicago Study Abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico.
At the John Morton Center, Gutiérrez will be part of the CUBAFLUX research project, and will study recent experiences of urban transformation in Havana.