Teaching

Teaching Interests

Human rights narratives in Latin American literature. 20th – 21st century Latin American & Latinx literature. Critical theory and affect theory in Latin American literature. Literature on migration. Violence in literature and film. Ecocriticism. Spanish as a Second Language

University of Connecticut, Hartford.

Instructor 

Basic Spanish I, II. (Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Development of basic communication and cultural skills in Spanish adapted for nontraditional students in a highly diverse academic environment.

University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department.

Instructor 

Film in Spain and Latin America (Online course, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, with professor Jacqueline Loss)

Film language and genre in Spanish and Latin American cinema.

 Courses Designed and Taught

Spanish Conversation – Cultural topics: Derechos humanos en el cine y la música (Spring 2015, 2016)

From the analysis of films, songs, archive documents, and cultural readings on human rights issues in the Spanish-speaking world, students obtained an in-depth development of their speaking skills through group discussions, podcasts, videos, and oral presentations.

Cultura española. Study Abroad Program in Granada (Fall 2015)

Using an experiential learning approach, students gained a first-hand contact with the diversity in the Spanish culture, both past and present, through on-site activities, lectures, and cultural trips in which they explored history, politics, art, religion, and cuisine from different regions of the country.

Courses Taught (as Teaching Assistant)

Intermediate Spanish I and II (Spring 2013. Summer 2016)

Further development of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills within a cultural setting. Readings to enhance cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish Advanced Composition (Fall 2014)

A W course. Exercises in translation and free composition. Stylistic analysis of texts chosen from Spanish or Latin American authors, newspapers, and magazines. Treatment of the finer points of Spanish grammar.

Spanish Basic Composition (Fall 2014)

A thorough review of grammar and methodical practice in composition leading to command of practical structures and vocabulary.

Basic Spanish II (Fall 2012; online course in summer 2017).

Development of ability to communicate in Spanish, orally and in writing, to satisfy basic survival needs within a cultural setting.

Guest Lectures 

University of Connecticut. El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies.

Latinos in the US. (Spring 2015). A lecture on Guatemala during the Cold War.

Understanding Testimonial Literature. (Spring 2015). Several classes on testimonio as a literary genre and Elena Poniatowska’s La noche de Tlatelolco.

Sections in large lecture courses

Greek Mythology (Online course. Fall 2013, Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Roman Civilization (Spring 2014)

Academic Administrative Positions

Resident Director. UConn Study Abroad Program in Granada, Spain. (Fall 2015)