Core Faculty

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Manel Lacorte (B.A., University of Barcelona, M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, Scotland) is Associate Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics, and Director of Spanish Undergraduate Studies. He also works as associate director of undergraduate studies at the Spanish School at Middlebury College, Vermont. His research focuses on second language (L2) and heritage language (HL) pedagogy and teacher education; L2 classroom interaction and context(s); and sociopolitical issues in L2 and HL teaching and learning. Manel has published over 50 book chapters and journal articles, and edited or co-edited 7 books, among them Multiliteracies Pedagogy and Language Learning: Teaching Spanish to Heritage Speakers (Palgrave Macmillan 2017), and The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Language Teaching (Routledge 2018). He is associate editor of the Journal of Spanish Language Teaching (Routledge).

Elisa Gironzetti earned a doctorate in Spanish Language Teaching (University of Alicante, 2013) and a Ph. D. in English Applied Linguistics (Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2017). Her articles and chapters were published in Humor, the Journal of Literary Semantics, the Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor, and the Journal of Spanish Language Teaching. She is the founding editor of E-JournALL and associate editor of the Journal of Spanish Language Teaching. She is currently co-editing the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Spanish Language Teaching: Metodología, contextos y recursos para la enseñanza and conducting experimental research on humor integrating eye-tracking, facial action coding, and discourse analysis.

Ana  Patricia Rodríguez is associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and U.S. Latina/o Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches courses in Latin American, Central American, and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures. Her research interests include Central American and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures; Central American cultural production in the U.S.; transnational migration and cultural production; diaspora studies; violence and postwar/trauma studies; gender studies; U.S. Latina/o popular culture; community-based research; and Latina/o education (K-16). Professor Rodríguez has published numerous articles on the cultural production of Latinas/os in the United States and of Central Americans in the isthmus and in the wider Central American diaspora. She is the author of Dividing the Isthmus: Central American Transnational Histories, Literatures, and Cultures (University of Texas Press, 2009) and co-editor (with Linda J. Craft and Astvaldur Astvaldsson) of De la hamaca al trono y al más allá: Lecturas críticas de la obra de Manlio Argueta (San Salvador: Universidad Tecnológica, 2013).

Roberta Z. Lavine received her PhD from the Catholic University of America in 1983. She is currently Director of Undergraduate Program and Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She has 25 years of teaching experience and has taught all levels of Spanish language, Business Spanish, Cross-cultural Communication, and methodology, among other courses. Her current research interests deal with learner variables in language learning, especially learning disabilities, Language for Specific Purposes, and technology. She has extensive experience in technology and the use of computers for instructional purposes, and currently teaches business language and cross-cultural communication in a technology-enhanced environment. She has won the University of Maryland Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology as well as a Fellowship from the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. She has published in all of the above-mentioned areas and has lectured and given workshops all over the world.