Nieves Romero-Díaz

Professor of Spanish on the Alumnae Foundation; Chair of Spanish, Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies

Nieves Romero-Díaz's main area of research is gender and race in Early Modern Spain. She has authored and edited/co-edited 4 books and more than 30 articles, reviews, and book chapters. Making historical and critical connections between the past and the present, her courses include Black Spain, Spain and Islam, and Gender Violence in Spain. She has received numerous (inter)national grants and awards and has presented her research at conferences, invited lectures, and symposiums in England, France, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and the US.

Nieves Romero-Diaz

Joel Ariel Arce

Visiting Instructor in Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies; UMass Teaching Associate

Joel Ariel Arce’s research explores the intersections between identity, schooling, social institutions and ideology. As a researcher-practitioner, he considers the ways school-community-higher education partnerships can augment the learning experiences of minoritized students and contribute to enduring social justice movements. Since 2016, Joel has worked alongside educators and youth in Western Mass to support after-school programming for students that is grounded in the principles of YPAR, teacher professional development, and curriculum development. He is currently writing his dissertation, which is an ethnographic case-study that examines the tensions and possibilities of ethnic studies in K-12 public schools under a neoliberal context. 

Joel Arce

Dimaris Barrios-Beltrán

Visiting Language Instructor in Spanish

Dimaris Barrios-Beltrán is a Visiting Language Instructor in Spanish. Her research focuses on First and Second Language Acquisition, Spanish Heritage speakers, Syntax-Semantics Interface, Communication Disorders, Specific Language Impairment, and Autism. She teaches Spanish language courses at a variety of levels.  Her dissertation is on The acquisition of argument structure and functional categories by monolingual Spanish children with Specific Language Impairment.

 Dimaris Barrios-Beltran Visiting Language Instructor in Spanish

Esther Castro Cuenca

Senior Lecturer in Spanish

Esther Castro Cuenca is a Senior Lecturer and the language program director of the Department of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on second language acquisition, cognitive linguistics, and interfaces between psycholinguistics and language learning/teaching. She teaches various levels of Spanish language as well as courses on linguistics, translation, and second language acquisition and pedagogy.

Esther Castro Cuenca, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Spanish Language Program Director

Justin Crumbaugh

Associate Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies; on leave 2020-2021

Professor Crumbaugh’s research focuses on contemporary Spain. He is the author of Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spain’s Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference (SUNY Press 2009) and co-author of Spanish Fascist Writing (U of Toronto Press forthcoming). Professor Crumbaugh’s articles have appeared in the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, the Hispanic Review, the Hispanic Research Journal, the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and other scholarly venues. His publications include studies on the cultural formations surrounding the Franco dictatorship, tourism, terrorism, and political victimhood.

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Flávia Cunha

Language Instructor in Spanish

Flávia Cunha is a Language Instructor at the department of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies. Her main research interests are second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and bilingualism, with a focus or heritage speakers of Portuguese and Spanish and on the relationship between cultural identity and heritage speakers’ level of proficiency in their minority language.

Flavia Cunha, Language Instructor in Spanish

Elena García Frazier

Language Instructor in Spanish

Elena García Frazier is a Language Instructor at Mount Holyoke College. Her current research interests include Sociocultural Theory of Mind, The role of Instruction in Spanish Second and Heritage Language Learning and Development, Second Language Teaching Methodology and Pedagogy, Spanish Modality, Heritage Speaker Identity Formation and Spanish Sociolinguistics (languages in contact).

Elena García Frazier, Language Instructor in Spanish

Lowell Gudmundson

Professor of Latin American Studies and History

Lowell Gudmundson focuses on coffee, Central America, and Afro-Latin America.  His students have earned graduate and professional degrees in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.  They have turned their own research interests, as diverse as history, immigration, ethnomusicology, health care, and food studies, into career paths in politics, publishing, medicine, public health, urban planning or ecotourism.  Gudmundson maintains close ties and joint research projects with Costa Rica’s public universities where he began his career.

 Lowell Gudmundson Professor of Latin American Studies and History, on leave Spring 2016

David Hernández

Faculty Director of Community Engagement, Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies

David Hernández is Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies at Mount Holyoke College. His research focuses on immigration enforcement, in particular, the U.S. detention regime. He is completing a book manuscript on this institution, titled "Alien Incarcerations: Immigrant Detention and Lesser Citizenship," and he is also the co-editor of Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader (Duke University Press 2016). His work has appeared journals such as Border-Lines, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Journal of Race and Policy, Latina/o Studies, and NACLA: Report on the Americas.

David Hernández

Antonio Illescas

Language Instructor in Spanish

Antonio Illescas is Language Instructor in Spanish. His area of interest is Applied Linguistics, with an emphasis on Intercultural Acquisition, Study Abroad, Stereotypes and Linguistic Tourism. His research focuses on the acquisition of intercultural competence and on how culture is included in the syllabus and in L2 textbooks.

Antonio Illescas, Language Instructor in Spanish

Raquel Andrea González Madrigal

Mount Holyoke Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies

Raquel Andrea González Madrigal is a visiting lecturer and Consortium for Faculty Diversity (CFD) postdoctoral fellow at Mount Holyoke College. Her research focuses on examining the U.S.-Mexico border as a settler colonial and imperial phenomenon, and the relational tensions between and among undocumented im/migrant rights and Indigenous struggles for sovereignty. While teaching courses relevant within and to Latina/o studies, González Madrigal's areas of research and teaching also include: critical and comparative ethnic studies, critical Indigenous studies, women of color feminisms, queer of color critique, neoliberalism, and visual culture.

Raquel Madrigal

Dorothy E. Mosby

Interim Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Mary E. Woolley Professor of Spanish

Dorothy E. Mosby is the chief academic officer at Mount Holyoke College. She is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the College’s academic mission and for supporting the 35 academic departments and programs; Library, Information, and Technology Services; academic centers; and the academic support offices, including the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Student Success and Advising, and the Teaching and Learning Initiative.

Dorothy Mosby, Associate Dean of Faculty

Adriana Pitetta

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Adriana Pitetta’s interests range widely from Latin American literature and cinema to Afro Uruguayan history and culture, gender and sexualities, cultural consumption studies and political movements. At this point in her academic research, she is particularly interested in the transformation and internal dynamics of social and political movements in their relationship with activism and cultural production during the post-postdictatorship period in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.

Adriana Pitetta

Vanessa Rosa

Class of 1929 Dr. Virginia Apgar Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies; on leave 2020-2021

Vanessa Rosa is an assistant professor of Latina/o Studies. Her research interests include the study of race and ethnicity, citizenship and national identities, and social stratification in cities. Rosa is currently completing a book manuscript titled Diversifying Cities: Between Gentrification and Revitalization which investigates the national-identity making effects of the urban revitalization of two public housing projects in Toronto, Ontario. Rosa teaches courses on housing, cities, and Latina feminism and incorporates community-based learning and civic engagement in her teaching, including projects with various local organizations in Holyoke and Springfield.

Vanessa Rosa, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies

Megan Saltzman

Visiting Associate Professor of Spanish

Megan Saltzman’s research focuses on contemporary urban culture of Spain with a transnational and ethnographic approach. Her forthcoming book, "Cultural Politics and Everyday Agency in the Public Spaces of Neoliberal Barcelona," exposes how everyday practices in public space (loitering, sitting, playing, remembering…) not only challenge the city’s policed image but also serve to carve out autonomy from below. She has published on urban themes such as gentrification, spatial in/exclusion, nostalgia, trash and DIY recycling, immigration, urban furniture, and “artivism.” Since 2002 Saltzman has been teaching a wide variety of courses in Spanish culture, literature, and language. She is visiting Mount Holyoke College from West Chester University.

Megan Saltzman


Cara Lapenas

Academic Department Coordinator
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