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 and Performance art, as well as Gender, Women 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.
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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 associated to the Spanish section of the MLLC department and the Center for Community Based Learning. Language Buddies has many community partners, among them: the St. Peter Public Schools, the Area Adult Learning Cooperative and Cambria ELL classes. Our mission is to "foster and facilitate transcultural competence between Anglos and Latinos in St. Peter." I was 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, a great honor indeed.
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.
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. Click here to see photos of the annual event. 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!
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-280 (Literature & Film)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|SPA-320||Latin Am Culture||7||2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA|
|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-101||Hispanic World I||4||2013/SP and 2012/FA|
|SPA-200||Crossing Borders||2||2015/FA and 2015/SP|
|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|