- "Cada uno de nosotros lleva 'su' México y su 'su' Estados Unidos consigo mismo". (Gringo Viejo, Carlos Fuentes)
- "Soy del sur y del norte, crecí zurda y norteada". (Comiendo lumbre, Gina Valdés)
- "I am a turtle, wherever I go I carry home on my back." (Borderlands/La frontera, Gloria Anzaldúa)
I joined the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Gustavus Adolphus College in 2010. I teach Spanish language, Latin American and U.S. Latino literature, culture and film. My area of research focuses on Mexico / U.S. intercultural studies. I am particularly interested in pop culture and Performance art, as well as Gender and Sexuality Studies. My current research is concerned with identity politics, particularly with regards to Chicana and Mexicana Lesbian, feminist scholars, artists and activists. Additionally, I am writing a series of short stories in Spanglish on my upbringing in Mexico.
Please visit my website (currently under construction)!
I am an community engaged scholar, deeply committed to co-learning and co-creating in and outside of the classroom. As a Faculty Engaged Fellow in 2011 I developed a community-based learning model with members of the Latino community of St. Peter and Gustavus Spanish students called Language Buddies, currently a student organization concerned with fostering transcultural competence among Latinos and Anglos in St. Peter. Language Buddies is associated to the Spanish section of the MLLC department and the Center for Community Based and Service Learning. Language Buddies has several community partners, among them: the St. Peter Public Schools, the Area Adult Learning Cooperative and Cambria (ELL classes). I am honored to have been recently awarded the 2016 Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award for advancing the culture and practice of engagement on campus. Additionally, I have been nominated by my colleagues for the national Lynton Award for Civic Engagement for Early Career Faculty.
I am a member and supporter of the St. Peter / Petatlán Sister City Committee. In the spring of 2012 and 2013 I was the program coordinator of Language Buddies for the Learning to Serve Trip to Petatlán, Mexico. This J-Term I taught "Building Communities Through Citizen Diplomacy," a course that promotes integrated and healthy communities, working in close proximity to the Sister Cities Committee. Every January we host students from Petatlán, Mexico and collectively work on project-based service learning.
I was the creator and adviser for 3 years for Spanish literary and cinematic student online journal "El Tintero"/The Inkwell. I am a strong supporter of diversity, equity and inclusion and -- I LOVE to dance: salsa, bachata, arabic, merengue, folklórico, you name it: I'll go for it! The Day of the Dead is one of my favorite events of the year. The Spanish Section works with OLAS and the Chaplains Office to put together a wonderfully moving event, open to the community. Click here to see photos of the annual event.
I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff, and contributing to the Gustavus/St. Peter community at large.
I obtained my B.A. or Licenciatura in Communication Studies from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores (I.T.E.S.O.) (2000) with a Senior Thesis entitled: "Siete críticas a la Cenicienta". M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in Latin American Literature from the University of Iowa, with a dissertation entitled "Performing Nation in the Twenty First Century: Female Bodies and Voices of Greater Mexico."
Areas of Expertise
NDL-113 (Building Communities)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|SPA-320||Latin Am Culture||9||2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA|
|SPA-280||Literature & Film||8||2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP|
|SPA-102||Hispanic World II||6||2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA|
|SPA-200||Crossing Borders||4||2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, and 2015/SP|
|SPA-101||Hispanic World I||4||2013/SP and 2012/FA|
|SPA-390||Film in Spanish||2||2015/SP and 2011/SP|
|SPA-103||Hispanic World III||2||2014/FA|
|SPA-390||Film in Spanish Lab||1||2015/SP|