Isabela is a doctoral candidate focusing on modern and contemporary art from Latin America as well as the history of photography. Her research and teaching interests include documentary photography, visual culture, experimental practices of the 1970s, environmental justice, and Indigenous studies. Her dissertation examines photographic practices in the Amazon during the 1970s and 1980s that use experimental approaches to advance environmental and Indigenous causes.
Isabela is a recipient of the 2023–2024 Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship from the Institute for Citizens & Scholars as well as Princeton’s 2023–2024 Honorific Harold W. Dodds Fellowship. She was a 2021 Community College Teaching Fellow, teaching Art History courses at Rowan College of South Jersey, and the recipient of the 2017–18 Lassen Fellowship in Latin American Studies. Her research has been supported by the Peter E. Palmquist Fund for Historical Photographic Research and Princeton’s Program in Latin American Studies. She was a participant in the 2022 MLA Institute for Reading and Writing Pedagogy, devoted to anti-racist pedagogies and Indigenous populations, and has taught courses in the history of photography at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
Isabela holds an M.A. from Princeton University and a B.A. in the history of art and architecture, modern culture and media, and Latin American and Caribbean studies from Brown University. She has worked as a Research Assistant at ANOTHER SPACE, a program founded by Estrellita B. Brodsky to broaden international awareness and appreciation of art from Latin America. Isabela has also held curatorial internships at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, MoMA PS1, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
“Turista desgeograficado: Mário de Andrade’s Photographs.” Lapis: The Journal of the Institute of Fine Arts 3 (Summer 2021). Peer reviewed.
“Questionnaire on Decolonization,” October, no. 174 (Fall 2020)