• PhD, Spanish University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1990
  • AM, Teaching of Spanish University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1985
  • BA, Spanish and French Rosary College (now Dominican University) 1980

Academic interests

Spanish language and pedagogy, Argentine literature and culture, 20th century prose fiction of Latin America, GLBTQ Literature of Latin America, Jorge Luis Borges, Latin American Modernism and Avant-Garde, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Methodology


Spanish language (all levels), Latin American literature and culture, Language teaching methodology


Faculty Development Grant-in-Aid of Research, 1993 and 2000
Liberal Arts Summer Research Grant, 2000
International Projects and Activities Grant, 2001 and 2003
Special Focus (Gateway Course) Grant, 2003
IUPUI Arts and Humanities Grant, 2011
Spanish Teacher of the Year (University Level), Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (IAATSP), 2006.


Contributions to journals: Hispania, Hispanófila, Chasqui, Romance Languages Annual, Latin American Literary Review, and Confluencia
Contributions to books: Bodies and Biases: Representations of Sexualities in Hispanic Literatures and CulturesU of Minnesota P, 1993; Spanish American Literature: A Collection of Essays Garland P, 1998; and Ernesto Pellegrini’s Asfalto, Buenos Aires, 2004.


Director of the Program in Spanish, 2002-2007 and 2012 to 2015; Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish, 2008-2010; Lead Advisor for the Department of World Languages & Cultures-Spanish, 2005-2015; Resident Director of IUPUI Graduate Summer Institute for Teachers in Salamanca, Spain 2003; Director of the Program in Spanish 2002-2007; Secretary of SLA Faculty Assembly 1999-2001; Resident Director, IU Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, Spain 1998; Various School of Liberal Arts committees; Co-Director, IUPUI's Congreso de Didáctica del Español 1996-2004.

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