Angelique Dwyer

Faculty

Associate Professor in Modern Languages, Literature, and Cultures and Spanish, and Chair in LALACS

"Soy del sur y del norte, crecí zurda y norteada". / "I'm from the south and the north, I grew up lefthanded and disoriented."                          (Comiendo lumbre / Eating Fire, Gina Valdés)

I joined the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Gustavus Adolphus College in 2010. I teach Spanish language, Latin American culture and film, Latin American and U.S. Latino literature in Spanish. I am a specialist in Mexico / U.S. Intercultural Studies. I am particularly interested in Latinx/Latin American pop culture through the lens of Perfomance Theory. I recently completed a creative non-fiction project written in Spanglish, entitled "Gringos mexicanos," which broadens the dialogue on Mexican American identity. In 2019 I received a grant to create a podcast featuring this project.  Page can be found here. (LINK pending)

I am a community engaged scholar, deeply committed to co-learning and co-creating in and outside of the classroom. In 2016 I was honored to receive the President's Civic Engagement Award through the Minnesota Campus Compact for advancing the culture and practice of engagement on campus. As a Faculty Engaged Fellow in 2011 I developed a community-based learning model with members of the Latino community of St. Peter and the Gustavus Spanish program called Language Buddies, concerned with fostering transcultural competence in St. Peter. Language Buddies is housed in the Community Engagement Center and works with several community partners: 

  • St. Peter Public Schools
  • Area Adult Learning Cooperative
  • Cambria (ELL classes)

I frequently teach a J-Term called:  "Building Communities," a course that values fostering sustainable communities. The course has partnered with  the St. Peter / Petatlán Sister City Committee , has hosted students from Petatlán, Mexico and collectively worked on project-based service learning. I also co-teach a course off-campus in the St. Peter community, entitled "Spanish for Community Conversation" which seeks to empower citizens to engage in dialogue with Hispanic community members. Many of the students enrolled in this course are preschool / K-12 teachers, counselors, principals and seniors.

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 enjoy working with students on their creative endeavors (literary, cinematic, performative). I created and advised the Spanish student online journal "El Tintero"/The Inkwell.

I have served the campus as an advocate for diversity being a former member of two important faculty committees: the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, (DEIC) and The President's Council of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PCDEI).

Those who know me can attest to the fact that I LOVE to dance: salsa, bachata, bomba, Middle-Eastern, merengue, folklórico, you name it.

Please visit my website and listen to my podcast series "Gringos Mexicanos" (currently under construction)!

PUBLICATIONS

Creative Work:

  • Dwyer, KA. “Gringos Mexicanos.” PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies. Paul Allatson (Ed). UTS ePress. Volume 16. Nº 1/2 2019.
  • Dwyer, KA. “Doce horas: A Family Border Tale.” PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies. Paul Allatson (Ed). UTS ePress. Volume 16. Nº 1/2 2019.
  • Dwyer, KA. "La manda." PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies. Paul Allatson (Ed). UTS ePress. Volume 16. Nº 1/2 2019.
  • Dwyer, K.A. "Simón." PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies. Paul Allatson (Ed). UTS ePress. Volume 16. Nº 1/2 2019.
  • Dwyer, KA. “My Brother the Mexican.” PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies. Paul Allatson (Ed). UTS ePress. Volume 14. Nº 1 2017: ‘Cultural Works, Transitions and Dislocations.’

Book Chapters:

  • Dwyer, KA. “De broma en broma la verdad se asoma: Lotería y dicotomía cultural en ‘Sístole, diastole’ de Carlos Cuarón. Literatura a través de las culturas. Williams, Raymond L. & Ponce de León, Gina (Eds.) Diente de león: Bogotá, Colombia. 2017.

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Education

I obtained my B.A. / 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 / Seven Critiques of the Cinderella Folk Tale". M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in 20th Century 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."



Courses Taught

FTS-100 (FTS:Building Community) and SPA-320 (Latin Am Culture)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
SPA-320 Latin Am Culture 11 2017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
SPA-280 Literature & Film 10 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
SPA-200 Crossing Borders 7 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, and 2015/SP
SPA-102 Hispanic World II 6 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
SPA-101 Hispanic World I 4 2013/SP and 2012/FA
NDL-113 Building Communities 2 2017/JN and 2016/JN
SPA-390 Film in Spanish 2 2015/SP and 2011/SP
SPA-103 Hispanic World III 2 2014/FA
SPA-344 ST:Hosting Community 1 2017/SP
SPA-390 Film in Spanish Lab 1 2015/SP
NDL-127 Latina Performance 1 2012/JN