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Graduate Students Carol Ready & Sabrina Fluegel
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Literature & Culture Students

José Aguirre Pombo, MA
Ana Forcinito/William Viestenz
My research interests include, but not limited to the following areas: 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.

Catalina Ahumada Escobar, MA
Raúl Marrero-Fente
My research interest focuses on letters and  women letter-writing and their relationship with the expression of emotions in 19th Century Colombia.

Carolina Añon Suárez, MA
Ana Forcinito
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.

Ariel Arjona, BA
Jaime Hanneken
I am interested in conducting research on the production of architecture, art and literature within the political and geographic context of the Caribbean.

Camille Braun, MA
Ofelia Ferrán
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

Mario Cossio Olavide, MA
Michelle Hamilton
My research focuses in Don Juan Manuel and the consolidation of political and literary discourses in medieval Castilian culture (mid-13th century to mid-14th century). Other research interests are medieval Castilian historiography, didactic prose, and wider Mediterranean approaches (including the Arabo-Islamic influence on Castilian literature).

Julia Danner, MA
Ana Forcinito/Ofelia Ferrán

Collin Diver, MA
William Viestenz/Ofelia Ferrán
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

Ana Cláudia dos Santos São Bernardo, MA
Ana Paula Ferreira
My research interests are Brazilian Studies, Lusophone African Literature, Portuguese Literature, Caribbean Literature, Critical Race Theory, Black Feminism, Postcolonial Theory and Social Justice.

Natalia Defiel, MA
Ana Forcinito

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

Timothy Frye, MA
Jaime Hanneken
My research interests include 19th and 20th-century Latin American literature, human rights, and the environmental humanities. My dissertation includes chapters on development projects (megaprojects) in Central America and Brazil, along with the materiality and cultural imaginaries they produce.

Juan Gonzalez Diaz, MEd
Raúl Marrero-Fente
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.

Marit Hanson, MA
Ofelia Ferrán
My research interests include contemporary Peninsular literature, with a focus on women's writing, science fiction, the fantastic, feminist theory, and posthumanism.

Robert Hultgren, MA
Michelle Hamilton
My research interests include the study of how confessional beliefs and lived religion intersect in the shaping of how some members of the Morisco population of early modern Spain self-identified and portrayed themselves in their literary works. These works were composed mostly in Aljamiado (Spanish language written in Arabic letters) but include influences from other languages as well.

Emma Jasnoch, MA
William Viestenz/Ana Forcinito
My research interests include film studies, vocal and acoustic expressions in audiovisual media, Latin American cinema, gender, trauma, and memory studies.

Alexander Korte, MA
Michelle Hamilton
My research interests include 13th century clerical poetry and adventure tales. My dissertation focuses on piracy and human trafficking in medieval Iberian literature.

Magaly Ortiz Acupiña, MA
Michelle Hamilton
Medieval and Early Modern Iberian literatures, cultures, and gender studies.  Mediterranean Studies. Captivity. The veil: dress and symbolism.

Sandra Rellier, MA
Ana Paula Ferreira

Olga Salazar Pozos, MA
Ana Forcinito
My research interest focuses on the representation of patterns of violence and human rights violations in contemporary Mexican and Latin American literature.

Alejandra Takahira, MA
Ana Forcinito
My research interests are related to feminist and gender studies, critical race, and Latin American cinema and literature. Recently I've been interested in Asian-Latin American identities and transnational identities, and their particular cultural perspective and expression.

Linguistics Students

Advisors are in italics

Celia Bravo Díaz, MA
Carol Klee/Francisco Ocampo

Rachel Christensen, BA
Francisco Ocampo
I am primarily interested in the comparative linguistics of romance languages with a morphosyntactic emphasis.

Leiry Cipamocha Moncaleano, MA
Carol Klee
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.

Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias, MA
Carol Klee
My research interests focus primarily on sociolinguistics, language variation, experimental phonetics, language attitudes, and language contact phenomena in Galicia, Spain. Additionally, I am interested in Spanish second language acquisition and Spanish as a heritage language.

Sabrina Fluegel, BA
Carol Klee/Tim Face
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.

Vivian Franco Díaz, MA
Mandy Menke/Carol Klee
My research interests include Spanish second language acquisition; 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. 

Yoko Hama, MA
Carol Klee
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.

Ashlyn Heise, BA
Mandy Menke
My research interests include second/third/etc. language acquisition and contact with a specific focus on phonology and Portuguese in contact with Spanish.

Marie Mangold, BA
Mandy Menke
My research interests include second language acquisition, bilingual and immersion education, Spanish for heritage speakers, and sociolinguistics.

Celeste Morales, MA
Carol Klee
My research interests include Spanish as a Heritage Language, sociolinguistics, language ideology and identity, content-based language instruction, Spanish second language acquisition, language immersion education, and second language teaching.

James Ramsburg, BA
Francisco Ocampo
My research interests include historical linguistics, language contact, Balearic Catalan, Judeo-Romance languages, and Sephardic studies.

Carol Ready, MA
Carol Klee/Francisco Ocampo
My primary field of research is sociolinguistics focusing on the language use of multilingual communities within the Spanish-speaking world. I focus specifically on the sociolinguistics of Moroccan immigrant communities in Spain. My research interests also include bilingualism/language contact, language policy, discourse analysis, language acquisition, and pedagogy.

Russell Simonsen, MA
Mandy Menke
My current research interests include Second Language Acquisition/Pedagogy, syntax, and lexical semantics. I specialize in using psycholinguistic methods to explore these areas.

Arthur Strawbridge, MA
Mandy Menke/Carol Klee
My primary research interest is in Spanish second language acquisition, particularly as it occurs in the context of study abroad.

Lauren Truman, MA
Carol Klee
My research interests include language and identity, language policy, dual immersion education, and pronunciation instruction.