Nancy Scott Hanway


I grew up in New York, where I learned Spanish from dedicated, talented teachers. While attending Duke University, I studied in Madrid for a semester, living in a boarding house for Spanish students. Besides giving me a lifelong love of Spanish food (chorizos and tapas!), this experience also increased my passion for the Spanish language.

My other love is writing. After Duke, I lived in Paris for about a year, then worked in the publishing industry in Manhattan for several years before attending the Iowa Writer's Workshop. I publish short stories in literary journals, and I am currently at work on a novel.

After completing my MFA, I returned to school to complete a MA/PhD in Comparative Literature, also at the University of Iowa. When I began teaching Spanish as a Teaching Assistant, I knew I had found what I wanted to do professionally.

I wrote my dissertation on 19th century Argentine literature, and I received a Fulbright Fellowship to live and do research in Buenos Aires. My book, Embodying Argentina, was published in 2003 by McFarland Press. I have returned many times to Argentina (with students in 2009). I can hardly wait to go back -- it is one of the most beautiful and most intriguing places in the world.

My newest scholarly project involves my favorite author (Domingo Faustino Sarmiento) and his involvement in modernizing the Argentine wine region in the 19th century.  I'm interested in how 19th century writers and politicians spoke about both wine and the vineyard region as representing the nation. It's a timely subject, and besides, now that I'm writing about wine, people seem much more interested in my scholarly work!

My wonderful family includes my husband, Cecil, a lawyer, and my 18-year-old son, Griffin.

I love teaching at Gustavus -- my curious, smart, kind and committed students make it a pleasure to be in the classroom.

Last academic year we launched the new major in Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies. We are so excited about the future of the program!



B.A. Duke University (Comparative Literature/Spanish), M.F.A. University of Iowa (Fiction Writing), M.A./PhD University of Iowa (Comparative Literature)

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
SPA-320Latinos in USA152013/FA, 2012/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/JN, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
SPA-102Accelerated Beginning Spanish132005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
SPA-101Hispanic World I92014/SP, 2013/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA
SPA-103Hispanic World III82013/SP, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2008/FA, 2005/SP, and 1999/FA
SPA-280Literature & Film72013/SP, 2011/SP, 2008/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, and 2000/SP
CUR-250Literary Experience62011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
SPA-250Composition52007/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
SPA-344ST:Soc Justice Lat Am32014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2002/JN
SPA-375Women Writers32010/FA, 2006/FA, and 2002/FA
SPA-322Masterworks of Spanish American Literature22009/FA and 1999/FA
MLC-125Argentinean Culture12009/JN
EDU-269Costa Rica School Fam12008/JN
SPA-390Film in Spanish12007/SP
SPA-390Film in Spanish Lab12007/SP
SPA-268Career Exploration12007/JN
MFL-105Short Story in Mexico12004/JN
SPA-100Immersion Spanish12004/JN
MFL-268Career Exploration12003/JN
MFL-104Wrtng Short Story12003/JN
MFL-180Chicana Experience12001/JN
NDL-105Adventure Tales12000/JN
SPA-244Special Topic: Travellers11999/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.