Spanish and Portuguese Alumni

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Leonel Alvarado
Leonel Alvarado is Programme Coordinator, Spanish Subject Convenor and Senior Lecturer in Spanish in the Programme of European and Latin American Studies at Massey University in New Zealand. He has published Vida y obra de Bulnes el memorioso (2007) and Sombras de hombres (2003), which won the Central American Essay Award. He has also published fiction and poetry, among which are Diario del odio (1998), which won the Letras de Oro Fiction Award, and El reino de la zarza (1994). Professor Alvarado’s research interests include literary criticism, fiction, poetry, music and popular cultures of Latin America, with a particular focus on Central America. His essays have appeared in Hispamérica, Cuadernos Americanos, and Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, among others.

Jason Bartles

Jason Bartles is Assistant Professor of Language at West Chester University in the Department of Languages and Cultures. He has taught courses at the graduate and the undergraduate level on Latin~s in the United States and Latin American literature, film, politics and economics, avant-gardes and mass media, and politics and aesthetics, as well as language courses. His research interests include contemporary Latin American literatures and cultures, critical theory, re-inscriptions of the 19th century, and gender and queer studies. 


Denis Berenschot
Denis Berenschot is Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Shepherd University. In 1995, he published Performing Cuba: (Re)Writing Gender Identity and Exile Across Genres. He specializes in Contemporary Cuban literature and theater. Every summer he leads a travel abroad program to a Latin American country or to Spain. He is also the coordinator of the Spanish section and the Spanish education program.


Coral Bracho
Coral Bracho is a Mexican poet and translator. She has published numerous books of poetry, including, Peces de piel fugaz (1977), Bajo el destello líquido (1988), Jardín del mar (1993), and Cuarto de hotel (2007). In 2000, Bracho was chosen as a Guggenheim Fellow, and she was awarded the Premio Xavier Villarrutia in 2004 for the collection, Ese espacio, ese jardín (2003). Her works have also been translated into English, Portuguese and French.


Cristina Burneo
Cristina Burneo is a tenured professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in the Colegio de Artes Liberales. She teaches courses in postmodern Western literature, literary translation (theory and praxis), and Latin American poetry. Currently, she is working to create a minor in translation and to found a translation center for the USFQ. She is also researching the relationship between science and poetry, and the history of scientific and literary translation in Ecuador.


Luis Fernando Charry
Luis Fernando Charry is a Colombian writer. He has published the novels Alford (2002), Los niños suicidas (2004), Ruinas familiares (2010), and La naturaleza de las penas (2012). He has also published a book of short stories entitled La furia de los elementos (2007). In addition, he has participated in the books Fricciones urbanas: 11 escritores escriben sobre 11 ciudades (2004), Palabra capital: Bogotá develada (2007), and Calibre 39 (2007). In 2008 he won the National Poetry Prize for the book Las tardes. He has taught at The George Washington University and Georgetown University. Currently, he teaches at the University of Maryland and writes articles for different Colombian magazines and newspapers.  

Fernando Degiovanni
Fernando Degiovanni is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Latin American Studies at Wesleyan University. He specializes in issues of nationalism, cultural politics and canon formation in Argentina. By focusing on the first popular series of national "classic" authors in the early twentieth century, his research explores the way in which opposing intellectual projects attempted to build and impose contrasting versions of the Argentine cultural tradition in times of massive immigration and democratic institutionalization. His work has been published in major scholarly journals, including Revista Iberoamericana, Hispamérica, and Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana. He was awarded the Alfredo Roggiano Prize for his book, Los textos de la patria: Nacionalismo, políticas culturales y canon en Argentina (Beatriz Viterbo, 2007).

Álvaro Enrigue
Álvaro Enrigue is a Mexican writer and literary critic. He has worked as part-time professor at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City, and he has acted as editor for various cultural journals. Since 1990, Enrigue has worked as a literary critic, writing for magazines both in Mexico and in Spain. For La muerte de un instalador he was awarded the Joaquín Mortiz Award for a first novel in 1996.  Enrigue has also published a collection of short stories, Virtudes capitales (1998), and a novel, El cementerio de sillas (2002). In addition, Enrigue has written numerous articles on literature which were broadcast in various radio programs in Mexico.

Luis Fernando Restrepo
Luis Fernando Restrepo is Professor of Spanish, comparative literature, and Latin American and Latino Studies in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, and in 2010 he was appointed Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity. His area of specialization is colonial Latin America, but he has also conducted research and taught courses on contemporary indigenous literatures in Latin America, violence and resistance in the Americas, literature and human rights, and film and interdisciplinary studies. He has been a visiting professor at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, with a Fulbright Scholar Award, and at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. He serves on the editorial boards of Confluencia (Colorado), Revista Estudios de Literatura Colombiana (Universidad de Antioquia) and Cuadernos de Literatura (Universidad Javeriana). His current research project is on the music and the ethnopolitics of memory in Colombia. Since 2004, he has been directing the graduate program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies.

Rosario Ferré
Rosario Ferré is a Puerto Rican writer, poet, and essayist. Many of her works have engaged in themes of race, class, gender and sexuality, while merging Puerto Rican folk tales with Western myths. She published her first collection of short stories, Papeles de Pandora, in 1976. Since then, she has published in both Spanish and English. Ferré's books include, among others, Maldito amor (1986), Sweet Diamond Dust (1989), The Battle of the Virgins (1994), Eccentric Neighborhoods (1998), and Flight of the Swan (2001).In addition to numerous literary prizes, Ferré was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2004.

Macarena García-Avello
Macarena García-Avello is an Assistant Professor at University of Cantabria in Santander. Her research focuses on Transnational Literature, Latina/o Studies and Contemporary Literature. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Maryland (2017) and a PhD in Gender and Women´s Studies from the University of Oviedo (2014). 


María Gómez Martín
María Gómez Martín is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at California State University San Marcos, where she teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate level on Translation Studies, contemporary Spanish literature and culture, and History of the Spanish language. She is currently working on developing a Translation Certificate for the Modern Languages Department at CSUSM. Her research interests extend to transnational narratives, exile and travel literature, as well as Hispanic applied linguistics and Spanish heritage language acquisition and maintenance.

Carina González
Carina González is Assistant Professor of Spanish-American Literature at the University of Florida. Her dissertation, Wandering virtues. Chaos and Eccentricity in Juan Rodolfo Wilcock, explores the creation of a new narrative derived from cultural displacements throughout the Atlantic. She has focused her research on Juan Rodolfo Wilcock, an Argentinean writer who emigrated to Italy in the 1960s, whose eclectic writings can be viewed as a way of subverting the traditional canon by incorporating external discourses such as technology, entropy and mass media. Her book Ficciones de lo raro. Dispersión y desaparición de Juan Rodolfo Wilcock is forthcoming. She is currently working on a new research project related to Latin American writers and exile. Her main areas of interest are Transatlantic Studies, Migration and Literary Theory.

Michael J. Horswell
Michael J. Horswell is Associate Professor of Latin American literature and Spanish at Florida Atlantic University. He specializes in the colonial literature of the Andes. In addition to teaching in the Latin American and Comparative Literatures graduate programs at Florida Atlantic University, he is the Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Languages and Linguistics and the head of the Spanish Studies program. In 2006, he published Decolonizing the Sodomite: Queer Tropes of Sexuality in Colonial Andean Culture (Austin: University of Texas Press), which deconstructs literary tropes of sexuality and reads between the lines of textual fragments of colonial discourse to provide an alternative history and interpretation of the much maligned aboriginal subjects the Spanish often referred to as “sodomites.” His current research focuses on both colonial and postcolonial literary criticism, colonial and transatlantic literatures from Latin America, and Andean literature and culture.

Tanya Huntington Hyde
Tanya Huntington Hyde is a U.S. artist and writer living in Mexico City. Her poetry and articles have appeared in df, Hoja por hoja, Letras Libres and Literal: Latin American Voices, among others. Her artwork has been exhibited in Mexico and the United States; most recently, she exhibited the show “Mexican Nature/Naturaleza Mexicana” at the Houston Institute for Culture in Texas, at the Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico City, and at the Tinoco y Palacios Gallery in Oaxaca. Currently, she writes for The Guardian.


Alison Krögel
Alison Krögel is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Denver. Her book, Food, Power, and Resistance in the Andes: Exploring Quechua Verbal and Visual Narratives, was published in 2011. Her research includes studies of the contemporary Quechua oral tradition, artistic representations of resistance by the Quechua people in colonial and contemporary contexts, as well as the roles played by food and cooks in Andean literature and culture. Professor Krögel is currently working on several projects involving the study of contemporary Quechua poetry.

Lázaro Lima
Lázaro Lima is the E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts and professor of Latin American and Iberian Studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond. His publications include The Latino Body: Crisis Identities in American Literary and Cultural Memory; Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (co-edited with Felice Picano); Trevor Young: The Aesthetics of Displacement; and the forthcoming Sonia Sotomayor: An American Life After Multiculturalism. Professor Lima's interdisciplinary work on inter-American literatures and cultural history has also appeared in American Literary History, Revista Iberoamericana, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Hispanic Review and many other journals. In addition, he has published poetry and exhibited his photography, paintings and documentaries.

Rachel Linville
Rachel Linville is Assistant Professor of Spanish at SUNY, Brockport. She is currently the Director of Programs in Spain, Coordinator of Beginner Level Spanish, Faculty Mentor for the Foreign Language Club, and Director of Spanish House. Among her publications are “La literatura como arma social: un examen del matrimonio en el Poema de Mio Cid,” which appeared in Medievalia, and two forthcoming articles, “The Idealization of Memory in Soldiers of Salamis.” (“La idealización de la memoria en Soldados de Salamina”) in Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, and “Collective and Traumatic Memory in The Sleeping Voice” (“Memoria colectiva y traumática en La voz dormida”) in Modern Language Notes.

Martha Maus
Martha Ann Maus is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the West Virginia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on transatlantic studies in early modernity.




María Cristina Monsalve
María Cristina Monsalve Salazar (1983), originally from Quito-Ecuador, earned her Ph.D. in 2017. Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish at Wabash College in Indiana. María Cristina’s dissertation explored the poetics of ruins and the theory of the fragmentary writing on the work of the great and neglected poet Martín Adán. Her project compiles and analyzes the dispersed verses of the long poem entitled La mano desasida. Her dissertation benefited from the International Graduate Fellowship Award IGRF (2015) and the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship (2016). María Cristina’s fields of interest are 20th century Latin American Literature and its connections with Philosophy, Philology, and History of Science. Recently, she explores the fields of Experimental Writing and Digital Humanities.

Roxana Patiño
Roxana Patiño is currently Professor of twentieth century Latin American literature at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina. Her research has been published in various journals, including Ínsula, Hispamérica, and Revista Iberoamericana. She is the author of Intelectuales en transición: las revistas culturales argentinas (1981-1987) (Sao Paolo, 1997), Narrativas políticas e identidades intelectuales en Argentina (1990-2000) (College Park, 2003), El materialismo cultural de Raymond Williams (Epoke, 2001), and, co-edited with Jorge Schwartz, Revistas literarias/culturales latinoamericanas del siglo XX (IILI, 2004).

Diana P. Romero
Diana P. Romero specializes in Colombian and Latin American literatures, and she has been working as a full-time lecturer at Columbia University since 2004. She has been a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University and at Yale University. Diana received the Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award given by the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland, and the Excellence in Teaching Award given by the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at the behest of the students. She believes that teaching and learning are multidirectional and multifaceted processes where the meaningful and creative involvement of all the participants is essential.

José Ramón Ruisánchez
José Ramón Ruisánchez is a Mexican writer and literary critic teaching and researching at the University of Houston. He has written various novels, among which are Novelita de amor y poco piano (México, 1996), which won the Premio Juan Rulfo for a first novel in 1993, Remedios infalibles contra el hipo: novela con guarnición (Joaquín Mortiz, 1998), and Nada cruel (Era, 2008). In addition, his essays on Mexican literature have appeared in Literatura Mexicana and Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea.


Òscar O. Santos-Sopena
Òscar O. Santos-Sopena is an Assistant Professor of Applied Languages, Culture & Education at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). He has taught courses at the graduate and the undergraduate level on Comparative Literature, Mediterranean Studies, Spanish and English  literature, film, art and history, Cultural Studies, and Education, as well as language courses. His research interests include Spanish and Catalan literatures and cultures, Interculturality, Catalan Humanism and Spanish Golden Age, and Digital Humanities. Before moving back to Madrid, Dr. Santos-Sopena held a position as Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature and was the Director of WT in Madrid at West Texas A&M University (2013-2016). 
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Abril Trigo
Abril Trigo is the Distinguished Humanities Professor of Latin American Cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the Ohio State University. His research in Latin American Cultural Studies spans a wide range of interests, including nineteenth century Latin American thought, theater and film, popular culture and cultural theory, and globalization studies. His major publications include, among others, Critical Index of Uruguayan Theater/Indice crítico del teatro uruguayo, co-edited with Graciela Míguez (The Ohio State University Libraries, 2009), Memorias migrantes. Testimonios y ensayos sobre la diáspora uruguaya (Beatriz Viterbo/Ediciones Trilce, 2003), ¿Cultura uruguaya o culturas linyeras? (Para una cartografía de la neomodernidad posuruguaya) (Vintén, 1997), and Caudillo, estado, nación. Literatura, historia e ideología en el Uruguay (Ediciones Hispamérica, 1990). In collaboration with Alicia Ríos and Ana Del Sarto, he published The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader (Duke, 2004).

Ivonne Bruneau-Botello 
Ivonne Bruneau-Botello is the Chair of the Humanities Department TP/SS   campus at Montgomery College. She earned her M.A. in SLAA and Spanish from the University of Maryland, College Park and B.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Panama. She is member of the National Spanish Honor Society. She holds an Economic Journalism Certificate from the Florida International University (FIU), Florida. She worked for MC, as an Adjunct, since January 2007 and started her full time position in January, 2011. She is the recipient of recognition from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) granted her the Thomas A. Jefferson Academic Fellowship.
Christina Gentile
Christina Gentile, UMD College Park Alumni from our department, is currently Associate Professor of Spanish and Italian at Montgomery College. Currently she is the Acting Chair of the Department of World Languages and Philosohphy at Rockville.



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