Jimena Rodríguez was awarded a 2009-2010 UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship for a research stay hosted by Professor Claudia Parodi in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California Los Angeles. Rodríguez taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and conducted research on the problem of representation, analyzing the configuration of the social imaginary of Latin American space in the discourses of the first European explorers in México and California. Her book, Conexiones Transatlanticas: Viajes Medievales y Crónicas de la Conquista de América, is currently in press.
Rodriguez' work examines the differences between the discourses of land-bound travelers and sea voyagers in the New World. Related to this topic she presented two papers: "'Y porque la voluntad de su majestad es reconocer y demarcar, no ynvieis entrar en tierra': El punto de vista del navegante" (Fifteenth Annual Mexican Conference of the UC Mexicanistas, UC Irvine) and "Mareantes mareados: El Estrecho de Anián y las naos a California" (Congreso Internacional XIII Jornadas Medievales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). An upcoming article, "Caminar por la mar incógnita: Las naos a California y el punto de vista del navegante," will be published soon in Espaciotiempo. Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades. In recognition of her work, she was nominated by her host department for the Chancellor's Awards for Postdoctoral Research for Exceptional Accomplishments in Research. Currently, she is working on a new book entitled "Caminantes y navegantes por la Nueva España y sus confines." Dr. Rodriguez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.