Katlin is a PhD student in the Department of English at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on how fictional narratives of Latinx women’s pain and suffering in media either successfully or fail to generate space for these characters to work through their pain towards healing, which can culminate with the creation of pathways towards a sustainable futurity. Her other research interests include the historical erasure of Salvadorans and Salvadoran-Americans in the United States, the inclusion of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) characters in TV/film ensemble casts, Afrofuturism and Chicanafuturism, media representations of the U.S. prison industrial complex, and cat sidekicks in comics.
Katlin has presented at a number of conferences and symposiums, including the Michigan State University Comics Forum, the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Conference, the National Association For Chicana and Chicano Scholars (NACCS) Conference, the Pacific, Ancient, and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference, the Hispanic & Lusophone Studies Symposium, and the Will Eisner Week Scholarly Symposium. She also works as a mentor with LASER: Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research at OSU and is involved with organizing and volunteering for LASER’s signature events: SOL-CON and Latinx Role Models Day.
Prior to her time at OSU, Katlin also served as the Editor for San Diego State University Press’ pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual from 2017-2018, as an editorial assistant at SDSU Press from 2016-2018, as a peer coordinator at CSU San Marcos’ LGBTQA Pride Center from 2015-2016, and as the Editor-in-Chief of CSU San Marcos’ independent student newspaper, The Cougar Chronicle, from 2013-2016.
M.A. in English & Comparative Literature (specialization in American Literature), San Diego State University, 2018
B.A. in Literature & Writing Studies (minor in Women’s Studies), California State University San Marcos, 2016