Angelique Dwyer


  • "Cada uno de nosotros lleva 'su' México y su 'su' Estados Unidos consigo mismo". /  "Each one of us carries within "their own" Mexico and "their own" U.S." (Gringo Viejo, Carlos Fuentes) 
  • "Soy del sur y del norte, crecí zurda y norteada". / "I'm from the south and the north, I grew up lefthanded and out of it." (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. 

I am a 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 the Gustavus Spanish program called Language Buddies, 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: 

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

I was honored to receive the President's Civic Engagement Award through the Minnesota Campus Compact in 2016 for advancing the culture and practice of engagement on campus. Additionally, I was 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. Additionally, I teach a J-Term called:  "Building Communities" 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 first adviser for the 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

Please visit my website (currently under construction)!


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 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


SPA-200 (Crossing Borders) and SPA-280 (Literature & Film)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
SPA-320Latin Am Culture112017/FA, 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA
SPA-280Literature & Film92017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
SPA-200Crossing Borders62017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, and 2015/SP
SPA-102Hispanic World II62014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
SPA-101Hispanic World I42013/SP and 2012/FA
NDL-113Building Communities22017/JN and 2016/JN
SPA-390Film in Spanish22015/SP and 2011/SP
SPA-103Hispanic World III22014/FA
SPA-344ST:Hosting Community12017/SP
SPA-390Film in Spanish Lab12015/SP
NDL-127Latina Performance12012/JN