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.
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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 Servant Leadership. 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.
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 OLAS, a student organization focused on bridging cultures and fostering transcultural competence. I also founded the Spanish literary and cinematic student online journal "El Tintero". I am a strong supporter of diversity, internationalization, awareness and -- I LOVE to dance: salsa, bachata, arabic, flamenco, merengue, you name 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-102 (Hispanic World II) and SPA-280 (Literature & Film)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|SPA-102||Spanish II||5||2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA|
|SPA-101||Hispanic World I||4||2013/SP and 2012/FA|
|SPA-320||Latinos in USA||4||2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA|
|SPA-280||Literature & Film||2||2013/SP and 2012/SP|
|SPA-390||Film in Spanish||1||2011/SP|