Monica joined the department in 2015. She earned her B.A. from Trinity University, where she studied urban design and English literature. After college, she received a Fulbright grant that supported her travel and studies in Southeast Asia, primarily in Malaysia and Singapore.
Monica's research explores postcolonial statehood and selfhood, globalization and imperial culture, humanitarianism, cosmopolitanism, ecocriticism, and urban space in literature. She focuses primarily on twentieth-century colonial/postcolonial fiction and travel writing, specifically asking how transnational texts produce gendered, racialized, and otherwise circumscribed subjectivities.