People

Faculty

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

Justin Crumbaugh teaches courses on contemporary Latin America and Spain, addressing topics such as the idea of "(under)development" as it has been questioned in the Global South, or the films of Pedro Almodóvar. Crumbaugh is also the author of Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spain’s Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference (SUNY Press 2009) as well as numerous journal articles.

413-538-2445
223 Ciruti Center
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Tuesday 2-4pm or by Appt.
 Dimaris Barrios-Beltran Visiting Language Instructor in Spanish

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, and she is currently working on her dissertation on The acquisition of argument structure and functional categories by monolingual Spanish children with Specific Language Impairment.

413-538-2319
218 Ciruti Center
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Monday & Friday 12:30-1:30pm or by Appt.
Esther Castro Cuenca, Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Spanish Language Program Director
Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Spanish Language Program Director

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.

413-538-2057
225 Central Services
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Thursday 3-5pm or by Appt.
Flavia Cunha, Language Instructor in Spanish

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.

413-538-3565
25 Ciruti Center
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Monday & Wednesday 9:45-10:45am or by Appt.
Elena García Frazier, 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).

413-538-3367
20 Ciruti Center
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Monday 10-11am or by Appt.
 Lowell Gudmundson Professor of Latin American Studies and History, on leave Spring 2016
Professor of Latin American Studies and History, on leave Spring 2016

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.

413-538-2378
303 Skinner Hall
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On leave spring 2016
Assistant Professor of Latina/o & Latin American Studies

David Hernández is Assistant 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 "Undue Process: 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.

413-538-2643
121 Ciruiti Center
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By appointment only
 Jesus Hernandez Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies

Jesús Hernández

Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies

Jesús J. Hernández received his PhD from the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His teaching interests are in the areas of Latina/o Studies, American/ Ethnic Studies, Literary Studies, Diaspora Studies, and Queer theory. His current research project, From a Broken Homeland: Illegitimacy and Cultural Politics in the Cuban Diaspora, theorizes the presence of non-normative familial subjects (bastards, wayward daughters, mixed families, the incestuous, and orphans) across a range of Cuban diasporic cultural productions as metaphors for the conditions of political exile.

413-538-2733
220 Ciruti Center
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Wednesday & Thursday 10-11am or by Appt.
Antonio Illescas, Language Instructor in Spanish

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.

413-538-3565
224 Ciruti Center
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Monday & Wednesday 10:15-11:15am or by Appt.
Professor Dorothy Mosby
Professor of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies

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.

413-538-3083
221A Ciruti Center
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On Leave Spring 2106
Nieves Romero-Díaz Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies & Chair of Romance Languages and Cultures, Study Abroad Advisor for Spain and Latin America
Professor of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies & Chair of Romance Languages and Cultures, Study Abroad Advisor for Spain and Latin America

Nieves Romero-Díazes 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, or 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.

413-538-2399
21 Ciruti Center
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Monday & Wednesday 12:20-1:10am or by Appt.
Vanessa Rose, Visiting Lecturer

Vanessa Rosa

Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies

Vanessa Rosa is a Mount Holyoke Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Latina 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 Between Gentrification and Revitalization: Rethinking Urban Diversity, Participation, and Surveillance.

413-538-2729
215 Ciruti Center
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Tuesday 3-4:30pm or by Appt.
Ana Soltero-Lopez Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies

Ana Soltero-López

Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies

Ana Soltero López is a Mount Holyoke Fellow and Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies. Her current research project focuses on undocumented Latina/o youth identity sense-making, stigmatization, and socialization practices. Lópezes research interests include Latina/o educational access, retention and persistence, identity development and negotiation, and Critical Race Theory.

413-538-2729
215 Ciruti Center
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Tuesday & Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm or by Appt.

Staff

Debra Morrisey, Administrative Assistant, Spanish Department

Debra Morrissey

Academic Department Coordinator

Debra Morrissey is the Academic Department Coordinator for the Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies Department and the Romance Languages and Cultures Program.  She is in charge of the daily operations of the departments, organizes department events, monitors department budgets, puts together course schedules, and prepares on-line catalog copy.

413-538-2347
105 Ciruti Center
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Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm