Isabela is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on modern and contemporary art from Latin America as well as the history of photography. Her dissertation examines photographic practices in the Amazon during the 1970s and 1980s that use experimental approaches to advance environmental and Indigenous causes. Her research interests include documentary and anthropological photography, visual culture, experimental practices of the 1970s, decoloniality, and critical race theory. At Princeton, she is a 2021 Community Teaching Fellow 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.
Isabela holds 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.