PhD in Latin American literature, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in 1995
Master of arts in Spanish, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif., in 1990
Bachelor of arts in Spanish, Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1986
Areas of Research & Specialization
My main teaching interests: Mexican literature and culture, Mexican-American lit and culture, 20th century Latin American narrative and community-based learning projects.
Several of my upper-division courses include a community-based or service-learning element wherein students improve their knowledge of Spanish language and Mexican-American culture by working with local organizations who serve Spanish-speaking individuals (e.g. bilingual schools, medical clinics, educational programs).
I teach a literature class to low-income Latina women here on campus each week (the women come from an organization called "Adelante Mujeres"). Pacific students are welcome to come to classes and participate in the discussions.
At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.
Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then.
SPAN 202 | Intermediate Spanish
SPAN 325 | Mexican-American Cultural Explorations
Span 405: Survey of Latin American Literature: Focus on Women Writers
Span 406: Special Topics: 20th and 21rst c. Mexican Literature and Culture
"Mexican Immigrant Women's Poetry: Voices from a Community Poetry Class," Pacific Coast Philology, Vol. 49 (2): 222-45. (Forthcoming October, 2014.)
“Literature Empowering Women”, Lingo, Vol 10, No 2, March 2010.
"Integrating Service Learning into a Language Program: A Case Study," COFLT Conference, Pacific University, Forest Grove OR, March 1, 2014.
"Immersion without a Passport: Service-Learning in a Foreign Language Course," Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA), San Diego, CA November 3, 2013
"Service Learning Conducted by Teachers of Spanish: Why It's Worth Your Time!," COFLT Conference, Concordia University, Portland, OR. March 2, 2013. (Co-presenter: Mariana Valenzuela)
"Un viaje hacia el futuro: The Poetry of Mexican Immigrant Women," Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Seattle University, Seattle, WA. October 21, 2012.
"Literature and Latina Immigrants: La voz poética of Mexican Immigrant Women," American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 7, 2012.
“Teaching US Latino Literature to ‘Insiders’ and to ‘Outsiders,’” PAMLA Conference, Nov. 2009
“Rethinking the Spanish Canon: Teaching Traditional Texts to Non-Traditional Students,” AATSP Conference, July 2009