Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures


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Rudyard J. AlcocerAlcocer, Rudyard J.

Forrest and Patsy Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages
Phone: 974-5584
Email: ralcocer@utk.edu


Alvaro AyoAyo, Álvaro

Associate Professor
Phone: 974-5584
Email: aayo@utk.edu


Harriet BowdenBowden, Harriet

Assistant Professor
Phone: 974-7099
Email: hbowden1@utk.edu


Luis CanoCano, Luis

Associate Professor
Phone: 974-7004
Email: lcano@utk.edu


Nuria Curz-CamaraCruz-Camara, Nuria

Associate Professor
Phone: 974-7009
Email: ncruzcam@utk.edu


Dawn DukeDuke, Dawn

Associate Professor
Phone: 974-7006
Email: dduke1@utk.edu


Julio Enríquez-OrnelasEnríquez-Ornelas, Julio

Post Doctoral Fellow
Phone: 974-2311
Email: jenrique@utk.edu


Millie GimmelGimmel, Millie

Associate Professor
Phone: 974-7097
Email: mgimmel@utk.edu


Michael HandelsmanHandelsman, Michael

Distinguished Professor of Humanities
Phone: 974-7010
Email: handelsm@utk.edu


Gregory KaplanKaplan, Gregory

Professor
Phone: 974-6993
Email: gkaplan@utk.edu


Oscar Rivera-RodasRivera-Rodas, Oscar

Professor
Phone: 974-7005
Email: oriverar@utk.edu


Dolly YoungYoung, Dolly

Professor
Phone: 974-6992
Email: djyoung@utk.edu

Lecturer Office Phone Email
Atwood, Laura McClung 708 974-7168 latwood@utk.edu
Chaudhary, Francisca McClung 601 974-3557 fchaudha@utk.edu
Fitzpatrick, Charles AMB 26C 974-6495 cfitzpa1@utk.edu
Galindo, Alejandra McClung 601 974-3557 bgalindo@utk.edu
Handelsman, Toya McClung 609 974-7002 mhandel1@utk.edu
Harriman, Patricia McClung 1204 974-2935 pharrima@utk.edu
Holladay, Kandace AMB 26C 974-6495 khollad3@utk.edu
Holt, Belgica AMB 26E 974-0990 bholt13@utk.edu
Knight, Kathy McClung 1204 974-2935 kknight3@utk.edu
Lundy, Leonor McClung 717 974-2715 hopes@utk.edu
Parker, Lisa Y.F. McClung 1204 974-2935 lparke11@utk.edu
Mariani, Annachiara AMB 26E 974-0990 amariani@utk.edu
Salinas, Ana McClung 717 974-2715 asalinas@utk.edu
Sparrow, Carmen AMB 26C 974-6495 csparro1@utk.edu
Stafford, Kimberly AMB 26D 974-6014 kstaffor@utk.edu
Tanguay, Carmel McClung 717 974-2715 ctanguay@utk.edu
Toledo, Rossy McClung 601 974-3557 rtoledo@utk.edu
Trujillo, Laura McClung 708 974-7168 ltrujill@utk.edu
Wong, Kathi C. McClung 601D 974-3557 kwong4@utk.edu

 



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Rudyard J. AlcocerRudyard J. Alcocer

Associate Professor
Forrest and Patsy Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages
616 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6996
E-Mail: ralcocer@utk.edu

Rudyard Alcocer is the Forrest and Patsy Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages and Associate Professor of Latin American literature and culture in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa and his B.A. (Magna cum laude) in Philosophy from Emory University.

He is the author of Time Travel in the Latin American & Caribbean Imagination: Re-reading History (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), Narrative Mutations: Discourses of Heredity and Caribbean Literature (Routledge 2005), and several essays on Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture. He is currently working on a book-length project that explores experimental approaches to literary texts.

Dr. Alcocer teaches all levels of Spanish language and Latin American literature and culture, and has designed and taught advanced courses involving the Hispanic Caribbean and the African Diaspora in Spanish America. He enjoys reading in a variety of subject matters, including literature, history, philosophy, psychology, science, and many others.

Additional information about Dr. Alcocer is available at http://rudyardalcocer.wordpress.com

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa

Books:

  • Time Travel in the Latin American & Caribbean Imagination: Re-reading History. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  • Narrative Mutations: Discourses of Heredity and Caribbean Literature. New York and London: Routledge, 2005.

Essays:

  • “Three Burials, Two Countries, One Destiny: Borders and Visual Meaning in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.Ometeca 18.1, March 2013; pp. 90-105.
  • “From Amerindian to Slave to ‘True’ Caribbean: The Ten Incarnations of Adam Avatar and the End of Ethnicity in the Caribbean.” Caribbean Vistas: Critiques of Caribbean Arts and Cultures. Fall 2012; Vol. 1:1.
  • “The Ghosts of La Malinche: Trees and Treason in Gioconda Belli’s La mujer habitada.”  ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (Oxford UP). Print: Autumn 2010; Vol 17.4 pp. 735-753. Online: doi: 10.1093/isle/isq118 (November 2010); pp. 1-19. (Reprint:"The Ghosts of La Malinche)): Contemporary Literary Criticism: Criticism of the Works of Today’s Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Short-Story Writers, Scriptwriters, and Other Creative Writers. Vol 359. New York: Gale Cengage Learning, 2014; pp. 63-72.
  • “Leyendo Reyita en Atlanta.” Proceedings of the XI Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana., April 12-16, 2010. Ed. Marta Cordies-Jackson. CD-ROM. Santiago de Cuba, 2010.
  • “Word vs. Image in Afro-Hispanic Pedagogy.” PALARA (Publication of the Afro-Latin/American Research Association, Dartmouth College). Fall 2009; Vol 13, pp. 63-74.
  • “Going in Circles: Spanish American Identity and the Circular Motif in Nicolás Echevarría’s Cabeza de Vaca.Literature/Film Quarterly. October 2008; Vol. 36:4, 250-58.
  • “Along the Banks of the Amazon: Ethnicity and the Image in Jules Verne’s La Jangada.AmeriQuests (Vanderbilt University) 2008; (5) 1, pp. 1-20.
  •  “The Ties that Bind? Rhythm, Writing, and the Question of Genetics in the Caribbean.”  Music, Literature, and Cultural Unity in the Caribbean (Africa World Press), edited by Timothy J. Reiss. January 2005, pp. 91-110.


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Álvaro A. Ayo Álvaro A. Ayo

Associate Professor
712 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-5584
E-Mail: aayo@utk.edu

ÁLVARO A. AYO is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Peninsular Literature. His area of specialization is 18th and 19th century literature. Recently he has focused his research efforts on the years between the Spanish First and Second Republics (1870s-1930s). Humor, autobiography, modernity, and nationalism in prose and poetry are some of his main areas of research interest. He has published several articles dealing with these topics as seen in the works of Pérez de Ayala, Galdós, Unamuno, and Maragall. He has also published a book about humor titled La tragicomedia de la certidumbre perdida: Ramón Pérez de Ayala y su narrativa (Juan de la Cuesta, 2006). Currently he is working on a book that deals with modernity and the representation of the nation in the works of leading authors in turn-of-the- century Spain.

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
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Harriet BowdenHarriet Bowden

Assistant Professor
601B McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7099
E-Mail: hbowden1@utk.edu

Harriet Wood Bowden is Assistant Professor of Spanish, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. She is also Language Program Director of Intermediate Spanish at UT. She received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Spanish Linguistics, where her dissertation research, supported by grants from the NIH and NSF, investigated the role of experience and proficiency in late-acquired language neurocognition. In her current research, Dr. Bowden examines first, second, and heritage language acquisition and neurocognition. She is particularly interested in examining the interaction of multiple learner-internal and external factors influencing these processes including cognitive (relative strengths of declarative, procedural, and working memory; age-related; bilingualism/multilingualism; attention and awareness), pedagogical (influence of more and less explicit instruction), contextual study abroad vs. foreign language learning contexts), and linguistic (grammatical vs. lexical).

  • Ph.D., Georgetown University
  • A fine-grained analysis of the effects of negative evidence with and without metalinguistic information in language development. Lado, B., Bowden, H. W., Stafford, C. A., Sanz, C. (2014). Language Teaching Research, 18(3), 220-244.
  • Native-like brain processing of syntax can be attained by university foreign language learners. Bowden, H. W., Steinhauer, K., Sanz, C. & Ullman, M. T. (2013). Neuropsychologia, 51(13), 2492-2511.
  • Optimizing Language Instruction: Matters of Explicitness, Practice, and Cue Learning. Stafford, C. A., Bowden, H. W. and Sanz, C. (2012). Language Learning, 62(3), 741-768.
  • An Experimental Study of Early L3 Development: Age, Bilingualism and Classroom Exposure. Stafford, C. A., Sanz, C. & Bowden, H. W. (2010). International Journal of Multilingualism.
  • Verbal Inflectional Morphology in L1 and L2 Spanish: A Frequency Effects Study Examining Storage versus Composition. Bowden, H. W., Gelfand, M. P., Sanz, C. & Ullman, M. T. (2010). Language Learning, 60 (1),44-87. 
  • Concurrent Verbalizations, Pedagogical Conditions and Reactivity:  Two CALL Studies. Sanz, C., Lin, H., Lado, B., Stafford, C. A. & Bowden, H. W. (2009). Language Learning, 59(1), 33-71.
  • Processing Instruction and Meaningful Output-Based Instruction: Effects on Second Language Development. Morgan-Short, K. & Bowden, H. W. (2006). Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 28(1), 31-65.
  • Individual Differences: Age, Sex, Working Memory, and Prior Knowledge. Bowden, H. W., Sanz, C. & Stafford, C. A. (2005). In Sanz, C. (Ed.). Mind and Context in Adult Second Language Acquisition: Methods, Theory and Practice, (pp. 105-140).Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
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Luis C. CanoLuis C. Cano

Associate Professor
606A McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7004
E-Mail: lcano@utk.edu

Luis C. Cano, from Colombia, is an Associate Professor of Spanish. He received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999. Dr. Cano specializes in contemporary Latin American Literatures, with an emphasis on popular genres such as science fiction, detective fiction and the fantastic. His book Intermitente recurrencia: La ciencia ficción y el canon literario en Hispanoamérica explores the different traditions that participate in the formation and development of the genre-in particular the British and American traditions, the main traits that distance Spanish American Sci-Fi from its more popular relatives in the United States and Europe, its peculiar position in the Latin American debate on regional identity, and the transition it has experienced from the modern to the postmodern arenas. He is currently working on a manuscript on the representation of violence in the fiction produced in Colombia in the past 30 years. His articles have appeared in journals such as Hispania, Revista Iberoamericana, Co-Herencia: Revista de Humanidades, Con-textos: Revista de Semiótica Literaria, MIFLC Review, Revista Universidad EAFIT.

Dr. Cano's teaching and service have been recognized with the 2003-2004 Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, the 2004-2005 Chancellor's Outstanding Teacher Award, and the 2009 - 2010 Faculty Advising Service Award, College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State
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Bryant CreelBryant Creel

Professor
616 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6996
E-Mail: bcreel@utk.edu

BRYANT CREEL is Professor of Spanish, specializing in Spanish literature of the Golden Age (16th and 17th centuries). He studied at the Universidad Autónoma de México in 1960 and the Universidad de Salamanca in 1962-62, graduating from Stanford University with a major in English in 1965. He pursued graduate studies in Spanish for two years at the Unversidad Complutense de Madrid, receiving his Master’s degree in Spanish from California State University in Sacramento in 1967. He completed his Ph.D. in Spanish literature at the University of California at Davis in 1978 and received two post-doctoral Calouste Gulbenkian fellowships to do research in Portugal and Spain, as well as an NEH Summer Seminar award to study with Stephen Greenblatt in Berkeley. He has taught at York College of the City University of New York, California State University at Long Beach, Louisiana State University, Providence College, and Harvard University. Apart from numerous contributions to scholarly journals, anthologies, and conference proceedings on such subjects as cancionero poetry, Gil Vicente, Garcilaso de la Vega, Jorge de Montemayor, Bernardim Ribeiro, Luiz de Camões, Fray Luis de León, Miguel de Cervantes, and Jorge de Sena, he has published The Religious Poetry of Jorge de Montemayor; Don Quijote, Symbol of a Culture in Crisis; The Voice of the Phoenix: Metaphors of Death and Rebirth in Classics of the Iberian Renaissance; and a translation of the play Los Cuernos de don Friolera by Ramón del Valle-Inclán. He is currently Director of the upper-division summer program in Alicante, Spain. He also holds the position of Editor of the monographic series Albatros-Hispanófila Siglo XXI, published in Valencia, Spain.

  • Ph.D., University of California
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Nuria Cruz-CamaraNuria Cruz-Camara

Associate Professor
716 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7009
E-Mail: ncruzcam@utk.edu

Nuria Cruz-Cámara received her licenciatura in English Philology from the University of Salamanca (Spain), and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in 1999. Her specialization is 20th-century Spanish literature and culture, and she has published several articles in professional journals as Letras Femeninas, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Symposium, Crítica Hispánica, Revista Hispánica Moderna, and Hispanófila. Her monograph entitled El laberinto intertextual de Carmen Martín Gaite: Un estudio de sus novelas de los noventa has been published by Juan de la Cuesta—Hispanic Monographs.  Currently, she is working on women writers involved in politics during the first four decades of the 20th century, such as Margarita Nelken, Federica Montseny, Dolores Ibarruri (Pasionaria), and María Martínez Sierra.

Professor Cruz-Cámara teaches a variety of courses both at the undergraduate and the graduate levels. Recent courses include “Images of Women in Hispanic Literature and Film” (433),  “Modernity and Tradition in Spain” (461), “Post-war Spanish Literature” (543), “Generation 98 through Civil War” (542), and Surveys of Spanish literature (332, 334).

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
  • "Cross-Dressing and Lesbian Representation in Belle Époque by Fernando Trueba." Romance Notes 50.3 (2010): 287-94.
  • "Doing 'Good Works': The Theme of Charity in Constancia de la Mora's Autobiography." Cuaderno de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura 13 (2010): 46-59.
  • "La doctrina socialista y el público en Una mujer por caminos de España de María Martínez Sierra." Bulletin of Spanish Studies 86 (2009): 793-807
  • El laberinto intertextual de Carmen Martín Gaite: Un estudio de sus novelas de los noventa (Juan de la Cuesta, 2008)
  • “Un icono femenino de la revolución: Heroínas de Federica Montseny.”  Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 13. 2 (2007): 55-70 (in press)
  • “El simulacro desde el extrarradio: Barrio de Fernando León de Aranoa,” Bulletin of Spanish Studies 82 (2005): 59-73
  • “Matando al ángel del hogar a principios del siglo XX: Las mujeres revolucionarias de Margarita Nelken y Federica Montseny,” Letras Femeninas 30.2 (2004): 7-28
  • “Notas sobre un Bildungsroman posmoderno: Tocarnos la cara de Belén Gopegui,” Crítica Hispánica 26 (2004): 41-48
  • “La re-creación del romanticismo en La Reina de las Nieves de Martín Gaite,” Symposium 57 (2003): 81-92
  • “Novela rosa y final feliz en Nubosidad variable de Carmen Martín Gaite,” Ojáncano: Revista de Literatura Española 23 (2003): 3-23
  •   “‘Chicas raras’ en dos novelas de Carmen Laforet y Carmen Martín Gaite,” Hispanófila 139 (2003): 97-110
  • “¿Se movió la mujer tras la movida?.”  La mujer en la España actual: ¿Evolución o involución?.  Eds. Jacqueline Cruz y Barbara Zecchi.  Barcelona: Icaria, 2004.  267-95.
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Dawn DukeDawn Duke

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
617 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7006
E-Mail: dduke1@utk.edu

 

Dawn Duke is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. She is Chair of Africana Studies and faculty in the Latin American Studies and Cinema Studies Programs. Her graduate studies were completed at UNICAMP, the University of Guyana, and the University of Pittsburgh where she completed her PhD in 2003. Her research focuses on Afro-Latin American Literature with a special interest in women's writings. Her book, Literary Passion, Ideological Commitment: Toward a Legacy of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian Women Writers (2008) proposes a tradition of Afro-Hispanic and Afro-Brazilian women's writings initiated primarily during the nineteenth century and continuing with ever-increasing success into the twenty-first century.

Book

  • Literary Passion, Ideological Commitment: Toward a Legacy of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian Women Writers. Cranbury NJ: Associated University Presses, 2008.

Articles

  • Literatura afro-femenina en la República Dominicana. ¿Una indefinitud que la define?” Revista Iberoamericana. Vol. LXXIX, Núm. 243, abril-junio 2013. 559-576.
  • “La mujer negra y el popularismo cubano en María Antonia de Eugenio Hernández Espinosa.” Revista de Lenguas Modernas. 17 (julio-diciembre 2012): 23-39.
  • "Black Movement Militancy in Panama: SAMAAP's Reliance on an Identity of West Indianness." Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies (LACES). Vol.5, No.1, March 2010. 75-83.
  • "O Desenrolar de uma Literatura Afro-Brasileira Comprometida. Conexão Movimento Negro para Movimento Negro Literário." Ethnos Brasil. Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Ano 6, no.1, junho de 2008. 81-95.
  • "Así se va aclarando: Construcciones imaginarias de generaciones de mujeres negras en Vejigantes y Tenda dos Milagres." Negritud: Revista de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos. Número 1, noviembre 2007. 243-263.
  • "Poetic Valuing of the Female Self. Selected Women's Writings from Brazil, Cuba and Guyana." Obsidian III. Literature in the African Diaspora. North Carolina State University Volume 6, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2005. 90-111.
  • "Poetic Valuing of the Female Self. Selected Women's Writings from Brazil, Cuba and Guyana." Utah Foreign Language Review, Race, Ethnicity and Literature. University of Utah. June 2005. Volume XIV. 69-87.
  • "Alzira Rufino and Miriam Alves: Afro-Brazilian Writers/Activists and Issues of Race, Gender, Class, and Writing". África. Revista do Centro de Estudos Africanos 22/23 (1). 1999/2000/2001. Journal of the Centro de Estudos Africanos of the Universidade de São Paulo, published September 2004. 267-278.
  • "Alzira Rufino's Casa de Cultura da Mulher Negra as a Form of Female Empowerment: A Look at the Dynamics of a Black Women's Organization in Brazil Today." Women's Studies International Forum. Volume 26, Issue 4, July-August 2003. 357-368.

Chapters

  • "The Triumph Within: Carolina Maria de Jesus and Strategies for Black Female Empowerment in Brazil." 185-205. Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature. Editor: Antonio D. Tillis. New York, Oxford: Routledge, 2012. 184-205.
  • "From "Yélida" to Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas: Gendering Problems of Whiteness in the Dominican Republic." At Home and Abroad: Historicizing Twentieth-Century Whiteness in Literature and Performance. Tennessee Studies in Literature Volume 44. Editor: La Vinia Delois Jennings. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, 2009. 61-92.
  • "How She Strikes Back: Images of Female Strength in Esmeralda Ribeiro's Writing." The Afro-Brazilian Mind. Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Literary and Cultural Criticism. Editors: Niyi Afolabi, Márcio Barbosa, Esmeralda Ribeiro. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, Inc., 2007. 99-120.

 

Editor

  • Artefatos da Cultura Negra no Ceará. Formação de Professores.10 Anos da Lei 10.639/2003. Orgs. Henrique Cunha Junior Cicera Nunes, Reginaldo Ferreira Domingos, Maria Saraiva da Silva, Rita de Cassia Felix Batista, Dawn Alexis Duke, Juliana de Holanda. Fortaleza, Ceará: Universidade Federal do Ceará et.al., 2013.

Reviews

  • Considering Woman I & II. Short Stories, V. Pollard. In: Caribbean Writer. Literary Gem of the Caribbean. 26 (2012): 229-231.
  • Caribbean Perspective on Modernity - Returning Medusa's Gaze, M.C. Fumagalli. In: Caribbean Writer. 25 (2011): 381-384.
  • Writing Identity. The Politics of Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Literature by E.K.F.Oliveira. In: Ellipsis. 8 (2010): 159-161.

 

Encyclopedia and Dictionary Entries

  • "Miriam Alves" (vol.1, 81-82), Geni Guimarães (vol.2, 483-4), Esmeralda Ribeiro (vol.3, 801-2), Alzira Rufino (vol. 3, 808-9)." The Encyclopedia of African Diaspora: Origins Experiences, and Culture. Ed. Carole Boyce Davies. ABC CLIO California, Colorado, England. 2008.
  • "Black Feminism in Brazil." Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Ed. John Hartwell Moore. MacMillan USA. Vol.1. 2008, 193-195.
  • Research Assistant. The Caribbean Multilingual Dictionary of Flora, Fauna and Foods in English, French, French Creole and Spanish. Jeannette Allsopp. Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak Publications. 2003.

Translations

  • "Those Who Go," Nexus," and "Manjuarí" Nancy Morejón. From Cuba. Boundary 2. 29, no. 3 (Fall 2002): 159-162.
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Julio Enríquez-OrnelasJulio Enríquez-Ornelas

Post Doctoral Fellow
610 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2311
E-Mail: jenrique@utk.edu

Julio Enríquez-Ornelas is the Post Doctoral Fellow in Latin American Literature and Culture in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He specializes in twentieth century Latin American literature and culture, as well as, modern narrative, and late nineteenth and twentieth century Mexican narrative. He earned his B.A. from Wabash College with a double major in English and Spanish literature. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 2014.

He is currently working on a book manuscript that considers fin de siècle Mexican novelists. Specifically, he explores how nineteenth century fin de siè̀cle Mexican novelists, such as Federico Gamboa, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, and Amado Nervo implicitly imagine Porfirio Díaz’s dictatorship — 1876 to 1910. He also examines, how contemporary Mexican novelists, Cristina Rivera Garza, Pedro Angel Palou, and Alvaro Uribe re-write this period through the appropriation of various cultural productions.

His scholarly work intends to explore media technologies in nineteenth century fin de siècle novels from Mexican writers like Emilio Rabasa, Rafael Delgado, Amado Nervo, Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Federico Gamboa, and Heriberto Frías. He is currently looking at the relationship in serial novels and “print capitalism,” and how this exchange, shaped and developed an imagined community in Mexico. In serial novels, he is concerned with concepts of nation, modernity, censorship, and pseudonyms.

He was the recipient of the Graduate Division Fellowship in 2008-2009, and later received the Dissertation Year Program Award from the University of California, Riverside in 2013-2014.

  • Ph.D. University of California
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Millie GimmelMillie Gimmel

Associate Professor
611 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7097
E-Mail: mgimmel@utk.edu

Dr. Millie Gimmel received her bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Murray State University in Spanish and English with a Certificate for Secondary Education. Her MA and PhD are from Indiana University. Dr. Gimmel specializes in colonial Latin America with an emphasis on natural history and the history of medicine in Mexico. Her research has appeared in he Journal of the History of Ideas, Hispania, Colonial Latin American Review, among other venues. Since arriving at the University of Tennessee in 2002, Dr. Gimmel has received an Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award, a College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Advising Service Award, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Advising and a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Ph.D., Indiana University
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Michael HandelsmanMichael Handelsman

Professor
Distinguished Professor of Humanities
713 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7010
E-Mail: handelsm@utk.edu

MICHAEL HANDELSMAN is a graduate of Gettysburg College (B.A. in Spanish) and the University of Florida (M.A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages; Ph.D. Certificate in Latin American Studies), and he has been on the University of Tennessee faculty since 1976. Handelsman’s principal teaching and research interests are Latin American narrative, Ecuadorian literature and culture, concepts of national identity, women writers, literary journals, Afro Hispanic literature, globalization, and decolonization.  In addition to having received an Organization of American States research grant and six Fulbright fellowships, he has been a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities since 1987. Professor Handelsman has been named a Lindsay Young Scholar (1983), and was awarded the 2004 Alexander Prize for teaching and scholarship and the 2005 and 2011 Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Awards. In 2008, he received the Jefferson Prize in recognition of exceptional contributions to research, teaching, and service.  In 2014, Handelsman received the Chancellor’s “Ready for the World” Citation for his many contributions to fostering  a campus culture of global awareness and engagement.  Additionally, in 2010 the Tennessee Foreign Language Teacher Association recognized Handelsman with the Jacqueline Elliott Award for outstanding service to the profession at the post-secondary level.

In October 2005, the Distrito Metropolitano of Quito, Ecuador awarded Handelsman a Medalla de Honor in recognition of his being the foreign scholar who has done the most to study and disseminate Ecuadorian literature and culture abroad. During the same ceremony, the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar designated Handelsman as an Honorary Professor of that institution. His book, Leyendo la globalización desde la mitad del mundo: identidad y resistencias en el Ecuador received the “Isabel Tobar Guarderas Award” for outstanding book published in the social sciences in Ecuador in 2005, and the A.B. Thomas Book Award from the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (2006).  In 2012, Ecuador’s Academia de la Lengua named Handelsman a Corresponding Member of its chapter of the Real Academia de la Lengua, the second oldest in Latin America.


Among his other single-authored books are Amazonas y artistas: un estudio de la prosa de la mujer ecuatoriana (1978), El modernismo en las revistas literarias del Ecuador: 1895-1930 (1981), Incursiones en el mundo literario del Ecuador (1987), En torno al verdadero Benjamín Carrión (1989), El ideario de Benjamín Carrión (1992), Lo afro y la plurinacionalidad: el caso ecuatoriano visto desde su literatura (1999; 2001), Culture and Customs of Ecuador (2000). Género, raza y nación en la literatura ecuatoriana.  Hacia una lectura decolonial (2011).  Handelsman has also published some eighty refereed journal articles and is the co-author or editor of six additional books.


Professor Handelsman has been a visiting graduate professor at the University of Kentucky, the Universidad Católica Santiago de Guayaquil, and the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito. He is the co-founder and past President of the Asociación de Ecuatorianistas (Estudios de Literatura, Lengua y Cultura), a previous member of the Executive Committee of LASA’s Ecuadorian Section, and past President of the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies. Currently, he is Director of the Global Studies interdisciplinary program at the University of Tennessee and Senior Faculty Director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. Handelsman also directs a service-learning project in which students with advanced proficiency in Spanish work with local Hispanic children and their families in the Knox County community.

  • Ph.D., University of Florida
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Gregory KaplanGregory Kaplan

Professor
701 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6993
E-Mail: gkaplan@utk.edu

Gregory B. Kaplan is Professor of Spanish and Director of the Language and World Business program. He is also faculty advisor for the University of Tennessee Hillel Jewish Student Center.

Dr. Kaplan's principal area of research is medieval Spanish philology, which includes the literature of the Spanish Middle Ages as well as the history and evolution of the Spanish language.

Dr. Kaplan has been awarded the University of Tennessee Jefferson Prize for demonstrated excellence in research and creative activity, a Lindsay Young Professorship in recognition of professional achievement in research and teaching, and a University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Kaplan has published several books, including Valderredible, Cantabria (España): La cuna de la lengua española (Santander: Gobierno de Cantabria, Consejería de Cultura, Turismo y Deporte, 2009), "Personality Disorders" and Other Stories, by Juan José Millás (trans. Gregory B. Kaplan, New York: Modern Language Association, 2007), El culto a San Millán en Valderredible (Cantabria): Las iglesias rupestres y la formación del Camino de Santiago (Santander: Gobierno de Cantabria, Consejería de Cultura, Turismo y Deporte, 2007), Sixteenth-Century Spanish Writers (ed. and intro. Gregory B. Kaplan, vol. 318 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography series, Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006), The Evolution of "Converso" Literature: The Writings of the Converted Jews of Medieval Spain (U Press of Florida, 2002), and Español para los negocios: Estudios de casos (co-written with Irene Mizrahi, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998). He has published articles on a variety of medieval topics in scholarly journals such as Bulletin of Spanish Studies, La corónica, Foreign Language Annals, Hispanic Review, Hispanófila, Quaderni Ibero-Americani, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. He has also published articles dealing with 18th and 19th century Spanish literature and Spanish cinema.

Dr. Kaplan's latest book, Marginal Voices: Studies in Converso Literature of Medieval and Golden Age Spain (Leiden: Brill, 2012), is a volume of thirteen essays (co-edited with Professor Amy Aronson-Friedman) to which he contributes an essay, "The Inception of Limpieza de Sangre (Purity of Blood) and its Impact in Medieval and Golden Age Spain," which lays the groundwork for his current project. Dr. Kaplan is presently working on a critical edition and the first translation from Spanish into English of Providencia de Dios con Israel (The Providence of God with Israel), the magnum opus of Saúl Levy Morteira (c. 1590-1660), the rabbi to Amsterdam's community of some 1500 exiled Sephardic Jews of Iberian descent (including Baruch Spinoza), which can in may ways be considered the first modern Jewish community.

Dr. Kaplan also continues to explore the history (and pre-history) of the Spanish language. He is currently working on an article and a presentation (for presentation in May, 2013 at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan U, Kalamazoo, MI) that will focus on the impact on spoken Latin of a pre-Roman Cantabrian vocalic system.

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
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Oscar Rivera-RodasOscar Rivera-Rodas

Professor
611A McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7005
E-Mail: oriverar@utk.eduu

Dr. Rivera-Rodas’ research interests include Latin American literature and culture; thought and letters in colonial, postcolonial, modernity, postmodernity; Hispanic American periods; history of ideas, and philosophy of history through Latin American literature; discourse and textual theory.

He is a recipient of the Mexican Academy’s Premio Centenario, an international award in literary criticism; the International Prize for Literary Essay, National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), Mexico, on Carlos Pellicer's poetry; and the National Prize for Poetry, Bolivia. In addition, he is founder and chair of Jornadas Internacionales de Teatro Latinoamericano, Puebla, México, since 1993 and Jornadas Internacionales de Poesía Latinoamericana, Puebla, México.

His publications include: De palabras, imágenes y símbolos - Homenaje a José Pascual Buxó. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2002. ed. with Enrique Ballón Aguirre; La modernidad y la retórica del silenciarse. Universidad Veracruzana, 2001; El pensar de la modernidad poética. Guadalajara, Jal.: Secretaría de Cultura, 1997; El metateatro y la dramática de Vargas Llosa. Amsterdam, 1992. La modernidad y sus hermenéuticas poéticas, 1991; La poesía hispanoamericana del siglo XIX. Madrid, 1988, and numerous scholarly articles.

  • Ph.D., University of California
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Dolly YoungDolly Young

Professor
707 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6992
E-Mail: djyoung@utk.edu

Dolly J. Young has a B.A. in Spanish, an M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently trains and observes graduate students in Spanish who teach first and second-year Spanish courses in MFLL.

Her research areas include second language acquisition, teaching with technology, materials development, second language reading, and affect (anxiety) in language learning. She has published three readers in three foreign languages, Spanish, French and German, (Harcourt) edited two volumes on foreign language anxiety (Prentice Hall; McGraw-Hill), and was a guest editor in 2009 for a special issue on Language Anxiety and Learning Disabilities for Foreign Language Annals. She co-wrote a second-year content-oriented, task-based Spanish textbook, ¿Qué te parece? (McGraw-Hill) and recently published Vívelo (2010, Wiley), a first-year college level Spanish textbook.

She has numerous publications in refereed practical and research-oriented journals, such as The Modern Foreign Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, Hispania, Applied Language Learning and CALICO. In 2008 she won the TFLTA Jacqueline Elliott Award.

In the fall of 2011, she implemented the hybrid course format in the first-year intensive Spanish courses.

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
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Laura Atwood

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
708 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7168
E-Mail: latwood@utk.edu

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Francisca ChaudharyFrancisca Chaudhary

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
601 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-3557
E-Mail: fchaudha@utk.edu

  • M.A. in Spanish, Univ. of Tennessee, 1998
  • B.S. in Spanish, Tennessee Tech University, 1996
  • A.S. General/Secondary Education, Roane State Comm. College, 1994
  • B.A. in Business, Business Academy, Mexico 1976
  • 1998 - Present: Lecturer in Spanish Studies
  • Fall 2006 - Present: Second-Year, Intermediate Spanish Course Manager
  • Fall 2006 - Spring 2007, and Spring 2011: Interim Second-Year Supervisor
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Charles FitzpatrickCharles Fitzpatrick

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
26C Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6495
E-Mail: cfitzpa1@utk.edu

  • T-5 Recertification - 1993 - Kennesaw State College
  • T-5 Certification - 1973 - Georgia State University
  • M.A. Spanish. - 1970 - University of Tennessee
  • B.A. Spanish (French minor) - 1966 - University of Tennessee
  • 2007 - Present: Lecturer in Spanish Studies
  • Voted Who's Who Among America's Teachers on two occasions by Woodward Academy students
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B. Alejandra GalindoB. Alejandra Galindo

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
601 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-3557
E-Mail: bgalindo@utk.edu

  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee, 2005
  • B.A. in Women's Studies, Minor in English, University of Tennessee, 2003
  • Sociology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), 1978
  • 1995 - Present: Spanish Lecturer in University of Tennessee
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Toya HandelsmanToya Handelsman

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
609 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7002
E-Mail: mhandel1@utk.edu

  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee, 1984
  • ACTFL Proficiency Training Workshop, 1990
  • Licenciatura en Derecho, Universidad Católica de Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1971
  • 1984 - Present: Instructor of Spanish: University of Tennessee
  • 1990 - Present: Freelance Translator (English/Spanish)
  • 1981-1984: Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish, University of Tennessee
  • 2006: Selected as "One of the Top Ten Professors" in the University of Tennessee's Honors Program
  • 2003: Chancellor's Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Tennessee
  • 1999: Finalist from College of Arts and Sciences for University of Tennessee National Alumni Outstanding Teacher
  • 1994: Phi Eta Sigma Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Tennessee
  • 1984: Women of Achievement Award for Scholarship, University of Tennessee
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Patricia Harriman

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
1204 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2935
E-Mail: pharrima@utk.edu

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Kandace Holladay

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
26C Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6495
E-Mail: khollad3@utk.edu

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Bélgica Holt

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
26E Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-0990
E-Mail: bholt13@utk.edu

  • M. A in Spanish, University of Tennessee, 2008
  • B. A. in Spanish, East Tennessee State University, 2006
  • 2006- Present: Lecture in Spanish at the University of Tennessee
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Kathy Knight

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
1204 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2935
E-Mail: kknight3@utk.edu

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Leonor Lundy

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
717 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2715
E-Mail: hopes@utk.edu

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Lisa ParkerLisa Y.F. Parker

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
1204 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2935
E-Mail: lparke11@utk.edu

  • Ph.D. in Modern Foreign Languages, First Concentration in Spanish; Second in Applied Linguistics, University of Tennessee, 2013
  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2009
  • B.A. in Microbiology, University of Texas, Austin, 1982
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Annachiara MarianiAnnachiara Mariani

Lecturer of Spanish & Italian Studies
26E Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-0990
E-Mail: amariani@utk.edu

  • Ph.D. in Italian Language and Literatures at Rutgers University, 2010
  • M.A. and B.A. in Spanish at the University of Bologna, Italy
  • 2008 - Present: Italian and Spanish Studies Lecturer
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Donald Mueller

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
601 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-3557
E-Mail: dmuelle2@utk.edu

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Jaime A. RiveraLaura Trujillo-Mejía

Senior Lecturer of Hispanic Studies
708 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-7168
E-Mail: ltrujill@utk.edu

  • The Pennsylvania State University Ph.D. Program in Spanish 2003
  • The Pennsylvania State University, M.A. Program in Spanish 1997
  • Regents Bachelor of Arts West Virginia University, 1994
  • 2001 - Present: Spanish Lecturer in University of Tennessee
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Ana Salinas

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
717 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2715
E-Mail: asalinas@utk.edu

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Carmen Sparrow

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
26C Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6495
E-Mail: csparro1@utk.edu

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Kimberly Stafford

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
26D Alumni Memorial Bldg
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-6014
E-Mail: kstaffor@utk.edu

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Carmel Tanguay

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
717 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2715
E-Mail: ctanguay@utk.edu

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Rossy ToledoRossy Toledo

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
Course Manager
601 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-3557
E-Mail: rtoledo@utk.edu

  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, NYU, 2012
  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee, 2000
  • B.S. in Communications, University of Texas, 1994
  • 2002 - Present: Lecturer in Spanish Studies at the University of Tennessee
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Kathi C. WongKathi C. Wong

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
601D McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-3557
E-Mail: kwong4@utk.edu

  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Tennessee, 2010
  • State of Tennessee add-on teaching certification, 2005
  • B.A. in music and English (with state certification in both areas), University of Arkansas at Monticello, 1978
  • 2010 - Present: Lecturer in Spanish Studies
  • 2011 - Present: Frist-Year Course Manager
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Margarita Yong

Lecturer of Spanish Studies
1204 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville , TN 37996

Phone: (865) 974-2935
E-Mail: myong@utk.edu

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Falone DomleAna L. Barrios

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: abarrios@vols.utk.edu

Ana Barrios is originally from Cuba. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish, with a second concentration in Portuguese, at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She earned her Master’s degree in Spanish at the University of Tennessee in 2011, and holds a B.A. in Education from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Ana has a broad teaching experience that includes all levels, from K-12 to higher education, not only in United States but also in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. At UTK, she has taught Intensive Elementary Spanish and Intermediate Spanish; has also collaborated as Teaching Assistant in Introduction to Hispanic Cultures (Span 331), and has been selected as Teaching Assistant for the Study Abroad Summer program in Santander, Spain, in 2015. Her doctoral research focuses on Hispanic American women writers in the nineteenth century.

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Tamara CentisTamara Centis

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: tcentis@vols.utk.edu

Tamara Centis is originally from Pordenone, in the North of Italy. She earned her B.A. degree in Arabic from the University of Alicante in Spain.  Her work with UT led her to teach Italian and Spanish classes and to achieve a Master in Spanish. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Spanish at UT with a second concentration in Latin American Studies and Portuguese. Her academic interests include languages and culture. She speaks five languages including Italian, Spanish, English, Arabic and Portuguese. She is also involved in activities such as the Immersion Weekend and Language Café, which enhance students’ cultural knowledge of Spanish and Italian.

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Kyrie MirandaKyrie Miranda

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: kmirand3@vols.utk.edu

Kyrie Miranda earned her MAs in Spanish and French at the University of New Orleans. Originally from the Seattle area, she has lived and worked in Mexico and France, and has traveled throughout the US and Europe. Her academic interests are animal imagery and folklore in Medieval/Early Modern Spanish and French literature. Her experience includes post-secondary, secondary-school, and immersion instruction, conference presentations, administrative work as a department head, instruction in the film industry, and ESL coaching. Her personal interests include reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dogs.

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Ángela Pérez del Puerto Ángela Pérez del Puerto

Graduate Teaching Associate in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: aperezde@vols.utk.edu

Ángela Pérez del Puerto is from Toledo, Spain. She earned her B.A. in History from the University Autónoma de Madrid and her M.A. from the same university with a concentration in Contemporary History. From 2011-2012, she held a T.A. position at St. Norbert College (WI). She was awarded a research scholarship at Georgetown University during the summer of 2012. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at UT in Spanish with a second concentration in Latin American Studies and teaches Intermediate Spanish. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century Spanish Literature as well as contemporary history studies related to gender and religion. She has recently been awarded the Yates Dissertation Fellowship.

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Andrea Perales Andrea Perales

Graduate Teaching Associate in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: aperales@vols.utk.edu

Andrea Peralesearned her B.A. in English from the University of the Basque Country (Spain). She also pursued her M.A. in Literature and Literary Science from the same institution. She is currently a PhD student in the Spanish section of the Modern Foreign Language and Literatures section of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include Latino masculinities, Chicano and U.S. Latino Literatures, Mexican and Chicano popular culture and folklore, U.S.- Mexico Border Studies, 20th century Mexican Literature. Her current research explores the multiple resignifications in contemporary Mexican cultural production of the heroes of the Mexican Revolution. She has participated in a number of national and international conferences.

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Haley OsbornHaley Osborn

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: hosborn@vols.utk.edu

Haley Osborn is a doctoral student of the Spanish Program in the Modern Foreign Language and Literature Department at the University of Tennessee, as well as Editor in Chief of the department’s graduate student e-journal, “Vernacular: New Connections in Language, Literature, & Culture”. She holds a Master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree from Hanover College. Haley is also an instructor of undergraduate Spanish courses and a Research Assistant. Her area of study is Caribbean discourses in literary and cinematographic representations.

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Bradley BilsbackBradley Bilsback

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: wbilsbac@vols.utk.edu

Bradley earned his B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from Gardner-Webb University. He is a new GTA in the Spanish section of the department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures. His passions focus on literature during the 20th century in Latin America. Specifically, the dictator novel and political novels from the Boom and Pos-Boom era are his interests. Currently his thesis topic centers on two novels by Mario Vargas Llosa that concentrate on Peru’s social issues in the last half of the 20th century. Other research interests involve U.S.-Latin American political relations, exile identity and social inequality in Latin American society. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys all sports, music and going out with friends.

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Patricia Rodríguez GómezPatricia Rodríguez Gómez

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: prodirg2@vols.utk.edu

Patricia Rodríguez Gómezearned her B.A from University of Murcia (Spain) in Translation and Interpreting, and her M.A in Teaching Training in Higher Education from the same university. She is a current M.A student in Spanish at the University of Tennessee and she teaches Elementary Spanish. Previously, she taught Spanish in an Elementary School in Minnesota where she led the Spanish Club. Her interests focus on Caribbean literature and Generation of ’27 peninsular literature. Her other interests is second language acquisition in the Linguistics field with a focus on language learning anxiety. Outside of the Academic concerns, she enjoys travelling, watching movies, Latin dances and spending time with relatives.

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Jerry 'Kiko' Scruggs Jerry 'Kiko' Scruggs

Graduate Teaching Associate in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: jscrugg9@vols.utk.edu

Jerry 'Kiko' Scruggsis originally from Franklin, Tennessee. He graduated with his first Master’s degree in Teaching Foreign Languages (with a concentration in Spanish) at Middle Tennessee State University in 20jscrugg907. Recently, he obtained his second Master’s in Spanish/Latin American Literature at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His field of research is related to the evolution of the black and mulatto male protagonist from 19th to 21st century in Latin America. He has been an adjunct professor of Spanish for eight years at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tennessee. On April 5, 2011 he gave a two-hour lecture on Post colonialism in Latin America and the United States after several months of research. The lecture was part of the Humanities Lecture Series at Columbia State Community College. The topics of this lecture ranged from U.S. Supreme Court cases and government policies pertaining to the “one-drop rule” and the idea that Brazil being a ‘racial democracy’ is a myth. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jenna and his 3-year-old son Anthony Marcel. articipated in a number of national and international conferences.

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Bruce Milton ColeBruce Milton Cole

Graduate Teaching Associate in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: bcole18@vols.utk.edu

Bruce Milton Cole was raised in the small town of Humboldt, Tennessee. He first began his academic path obtaining the A.A. degree at Jackson State Community College and later went on to study Spanish and English literature at Middle Tennessee State University where he earned both the B.A. and M.A.T. Spanish degree. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. in Spanish Literature with a second concentration in Applied Linguistics. His interests include Romantic and Realist literature of 18th and 19th century Spain. Currently he is (re)discovering the works of Spanish author Ventura Ruiz Aguilera and their relation to the Postromantic movement. Bruce has also organized and participated in Spanish Language Café in an effort to encourage students to comfortably practice Spanish outside of the classroom environment.

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Horus CoreaHorus Corea

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: hcoreaar@vols.utk.edu

Horus Corea is originally from Honduras. He is a Ph.D. student at the MFLL Department, focusing on Spanish literature, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies. He earned his M.A. in Spanish Literature from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2011, and holds a B.A. in Teaching English from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán, in Honduras. He currently teaches Intermediate Spanish at UTK. He also hosts the Spanish Table at the International House where he has volunteered helping foreign students to sharpen their language skills. Combined with EFL and SFL, he has ten years of language teaching experience. His doctoral research interest is in the contemporary hard-boiled novel in Central America.

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Patricio Paúl Peñaherrera Cevallos Patricio Paúl Peñaherrera Cevallos

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Spanish
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996


E-Mail: ppenaher@vols.utk.edu

Patricio Paúl Peñaherrera Cevallos Patricio Paúl Peñaherrera Cevallos born in Quito in 1981. He studied Journalism and Literature at Catholic University of Ecuador, and did his Master degree in Latin American Literature at Purdue University in Indiana, USA. His professional start was as journalist in cultural section at Hoy´s newspaper. After that, he was journalist in environment and energetic topics in Expreso newspaper from Guayaquil city. In these newspapers published chronicles and reviews which show the daily life of the communities’ resistance to the modernity. Now at days he study his PHD degree in Latin American Literature at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, USA. In addition, he has an unpublished short stories book..

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