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Recent News

  • José Aguirre and Celia Bravo Díaz awarded CLA Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
  • Javier Zapata awarded a dissertation development fellowship with the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World 
  • Vivian Franco named CARLA fellow
  • Emma Jasnoch discusses her research
  • Meet our new graduate studentsJacob Dixon, Sara Gardner, Raegeom Lee, Thiago Santana, and Carlos Villanueva. 
  • Huge congrats to our new doctorates: Mario Cossio Olavide, Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias, Ana Cláudia dos Santos São Bernardo, Marit Hanson, Carol Ready, Sandra Rellier, Russell Simonsen, and Tripp Strawbridge!
  • Yoko Hama, Camille Braun, and Alejandra Takahira on Creating Inclusive Language Classrooms
  • Tim Frye interviewed by the Environmental Humanities Initiative
  • Human Rights Program interview with Olga Salazar Pozos
  • Emma Jasnoch awarded the Harold Leonard Memorial Fellowship for for doctoral students pursuing well-defined research or study in which film history, criticism, theory, or aesthetics is the major focus of the research.
  • Watch Tripp Strawbridge's 3-Minute Thesis presentation
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    José Aguirre Pombo, MA

    My research interests include: Transatlantic Studies, Contemporary Iberian and Latin American Cinema and Visual Arts, Memory Studies and the depiction of Mass Violence, and relations between Politics and Animistic Thought.

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    Catalina Ahumada Escobar, MA

    My research interest focuses on letters and  women letter-writing and their relationship with the expression of emotions in 19th Century Colombia.

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    Carolina Añon Suárez, MA

    My research focuses on memory and postmemory narratives of the postdictatorship generation in Argentina. I am exploring how the childhood imaginary works among this generation.

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    Ariel Arjona, BA

    I am interested in the study of Architecture, Art, Philosophy and Literature with a focus on the formation of national identities within the Caribbean region.  

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    Camille Braun, MA

    Definitions and representations of drug use and users; addiction and recovery; el cine quinqui in Spain and la Movida; speculative fiction literature’s potential to describe addiction and recovery

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    Celia Bravo Díaz, MA

    Second language speech, perception-production link, phonological acquisition

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    Leiry Cipamocha Moncaleano, MA

    My research interests include Second Language Acquisition, Strategic Competence, Scenarios and Communicative strategies to help students to communicate in an effective way, using what they know without feeling limitation using Spanish.

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    Collin Diver, MA

    Interests include contemporary politics and identities of Spain, as well as the Iberian Peninsula at large. I approach these cultural dynamics through literature and other artistic manifestations

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    Jacob Dixon, BA

    I am interested in Lusophone music - especially how it intersects with gender and capitalism

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    Guillermo Fajardo, MA

    My current work explores the representation of oil in Mexican literature. Other interests include: power and Literature; capitalism; globalization and violence in Latin America.

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    Sabrina Fluegel, MA

    My research interests include context of learning, dialect acquisition, and the effects of study abroad on L2 abilities. Additionally, I am interested in studying language use in social media and instructional materials.

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    Vivian Franco Díaz, MA

    Spanish SLA; second language writing; heritage language development; sociolinguistics; Spanish in the U.S.; language ideologies and identity; discourse analysis; multicultural education; and Spanish Heritage Language Education. 

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    Timothy Frye, MA

    19th and 20th-century Latin American lit, human rights, environmental humanities. My dissertation includes chapters on megaprojects in Central America and Brazil, along with the materiality and cultural imaginaries produced.

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    Sara Gardner, BA

    My research interests center around the culinary heritage and cultural identity of Sephardic Jews in Medieval Iberia.

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    Juan Gonzalez Diaz, MEd

    My research interests include contemporary and early modern transatlantic studies with a specific focus on theories of alienation, history of emotions, and Golden Age literature.

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    Yoko Hama, MA

    Yoko is a PhD student specializing in Hispanic Linguistics. Their research interests include sociolinguistics, language contact, language and identity, especially in the context of Asian diaspora communities in Spanish speaking countries.

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    Robert Hultgren, MA

    My research interests include the study of how confessional beliefs and lived religion intersect in the shaping Morisco identity in their literary works.

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    Emma Jasnoch, MA

    My research interests include film studies, vocal and acoustic expressions in audiovisual media, Latin American cinema, gender, trauma, and memory studies.

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    Alexander Korte, MA

    My research interests include 13th century clerical poetry and adventure tales. My dissertation focuses on piracy and human trafficking in medieval Iberian literature.

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    Raegeom Lee, MA

    I am interested in Second Language Acquisition - specifically on teaching Spanish to speakers of Korean. My research also includes the use of irony as a teaching tool.

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    Marie Mangold, BS

    My research interests include second language acquisition, bilingual and immersion education, Spanish for heritage speakers, and sociolinguistics.

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    Celeste Morales, MA

    My research interests include Spanish as a Heritage Language, sociolinguistics, language ideology and identity, content-based language instruction, Spanish SLA, language immersion education, and second language teaching.

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    Magaly Ortiz, MA

    Medieval and Early Modern Iberian literatures, cultures, and gender studies.  Mediterranean Studies. Captivity. The veil: dress and symbolism.

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    James Ramsburg, MA

    My research interests include historical sociolinguistics, language contact, Balearic Catalan, language and cognition, and discourse analysis.

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    Olga Salazar Pozos, MA

    My research interest focuses on the representation of patterns of violence and human rights violations in contemporary Mexican and Latin American literature.

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    Thiago Santana, MA

    My primary research interests include Latin American literatures and cultures, early modern studies, neoclassicism, aesthetics, literary theory, and political philosophy.

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    Alejandra Takahira, MA

    Feminist and gender studies, critical race, and Latin American cinema and literature. Also, Asian-Latin American identities and transnational identities, and their particular cultural perspective and expression.

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    Lauren Truman, MA

    My research interests include language and identity, language policy, dual immersion education, and pronunciation instruction.

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    Carlos Villanueva, BA

    I am interested in 20th and 21st century Central American literature and testimony as well as social and revolutionary movements in Central America, family narratives, and colonialism and decoloniality. 

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    Javier Zapata, MA

        

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Natalia Defiel, MA