Paco Tijerina is a PhD student in the Hispanic Studies program and a McDonnell Academy Scholar. He earned a B.A. in Communication and Digital Media with a certificate in Journalism and an M.A. in Humanistic Studies with a specialization in Literature and Discourse at Tec de Monterrey. His research and academic interests include literary artifacts produced by women in contemporary Mexico and Latin America and the circuits in which they are inserted, neo-extractivism and ecocriticism, and body practices from an anthropological standpoint.