Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Highlights

Ryan Spangler, PhD, associate professor, published an article in the Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies titled: “Cholo u hombre: Representation and Revolution in the Senderista Theater of Víctor Zavala Cataño.” This article examines the development of campesino theater by the Peruvian playwright Víctor Zavala Cataño, who played a pivotal role in underscoring the intellectual and economic divide separating the upper class and the agrarian workers of the high Andean plateau regions of Peru.

José McClanahan, PhD, associate professor and chair, published an article in the Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies titled: “Rethinking the Narrative in Fe de disfraz: Latin American Slave Stories from Violence to (Self) Emancipation.” This article addresses how the Mayra Santos-Febre’s narrative style combined with reverberations of a bleak period in Latin American history come together to re-contextualize the violent female slave narratives to focus on their emancipation, and ultimately, to reveal how the central character vocalizes her own desire to be emancipated from these echoes of the past.

José Miguel Lemus, PhD, associate professor, published the book titled: De la patria criolla a la nación mexicana: Surgimiento y articulación del nacionalismo en la prensa novohispana del siglo XVIII, en su contexto transatlántico.

Aaron Yamada, PhD, assistant professor, co-authored two articles: “COWS-L2H: A Corpus of Learner Spanish Writing” in Research in Corpus Linguistics, and “Developing NLP Tools with a New Corpus of Learner Spanish” in the Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation.

Olaf Bohlke, PhD, assistant professor, and María-Mena Bohlke, MA, adjunct instructor, co-authored an article, “Building the Cultural and Linguistic Divide Through Virtual Exchange” in Jesuit Higher Education. This article deals with the AUSJAL/AJCU Virtual Dual Immersion Program which maximizes the strengths of the Jesuit educational mission and its network to establish sustainable partnerships across borders, languages and cultural divides. Results of analyses of students’ written reflections indicate tendencies in the development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for intercultural competence, and the role of virtual exchange in the development of empathy and compassion through encounter and dialogue that can lead to growth in global awareness and solidarity for and with others.

Ivelisse Santiago-Stommes, PhD, professor, was part of the team of Creighton Partners for Health and Health Equity (CPHHE), which was recently awarded a large grant to address and educate the Latinx community about COVID-19 and vaccinations.