Department Chair, World Languages & Literatures
Associate Professor, Spanish
Preferred: (408) 924-4608
Alternate: (408) 924-4602 (Dept. main line)
For spring 2015: Tues, 3:30-5:00pm or by appointment.
Ph.D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures, UCLA
B.A., History, University of San Francisco
I’ve always admired people who could speak multiple languages. In high school I took Spanish and studied Latin. In college, in addition to Spanish, I took courses in Greek and Russian. In the summer between my sophomore and junior years in college I traveled through Europe, and found that my language classes paid off in helping me communicate, at least on a basic level. From then on, I got serious about becoming fluent in both Spanish and Italian.
After graduation I worked in international business and continued to hone my language skills. After spending a year at the Complutense University in Madrid I went on to earn a doctorate in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at UCLA.
In graduate school I learned Portuguese, improved my Latin and grew to love archival research in Mexico and the Iberian Peninsula. I also began to work as a professional translator and even did subtitling for a company in Hollywood.
Since 2007 I have taught Spanish language and literature in the Department of World Languages and Literatures, where I was elected Chair in 2012.
I teach courses on Colonial Spanish American Literature and Culture, Spanish-English Translation, Spanish for Business and Spanish Language.
My research interests include Colonial Latin American literatures and cultures, translation and the Hispanic Southwest.
I believe strongly in the value of education in the humanities and in helping others pursue the study and enjoyment of world languages and literatures.