Justin Crumbaugh

Associate Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies; Chair of Spanish, Latina/o Studies and Latin American Studies

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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Nieves Romero-Díaz

Professor of Spanish on the Alumnae Foundation; on leave 2019-20

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

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

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

Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies; on leave spring 2020

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

Stephanie Huezo

Mount Holyoke Dissertation Fellow; Visiting Instructor in History

Stephanie M. Huezo is a Latin American and Latinx historian. Her research focuses on survival and resistance tactics of community-based organizations in both El Salvador and the U.S. She is also interested in the study of memory and belonging that go beyond national borders. In her research and in the classroom, Huezo uses both oral histories and written documents to highlight different perspectives.

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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

Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor of Spanish

Dorothy E. Mosby is the author of Place, Language, and Identity in Afro-Costa Rican Literature (University of Missouri Press, 2003), which explores contemporary black writing from Costa Rica. Mosby has taught Afra-Hispanic Literature: Black Women's Writing from the Spanish-Speaking World (a January Term intensive, taught in English); Introduction to Latin American Literature I; and Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Latin American Literature.

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

Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies

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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