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. inter-cultural studies. I am particularly interested in pop culture, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies.
Please visit my website (currently under construction)!
I am deeply committed to learning, both in and outside of the classroom. As a Faculty Engaged Fellow in 2011 I developed a community-based learning model with Gustavus Spanish students and members of the Latino community of St. Peter called Language Buddies, currently a student organization through the Center for Community Based Learning in partnership with the St. Peter Public Schools and 2015 Engaged Departments Grant recipients! I am an active member 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. I will be directing the LTS trip in 2016!
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.
On campus I advise the Spanish literary and cinematic student online journal "El Tintero". Keep your eye out for Volume 4, which will be launched in the Spring of 2016. 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. I am a strong supporter of diversity, internationalization, awareness and -- I LOVE to dance: salsa, bachata, arabic, merengue, folklórico, you name it: I'll go for it!
I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff, and contributing to the Gustavus 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) M.A. (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in Latin American Literature from the University of Iowa.
Areas of Expertise
SPA-200 (Crossing Borders) and SPA-320 (Latin Am Culture)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|SPA-280||Literature & Film||6||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-320||Latin Am Culture||5||2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA|
|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-200||Other Side Rio Grande||1||2015/SP|
|SPA-390||Film in Spanish Lab||1||2015/SP|