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Palmar Alvarez-Blanco
Palmar Alvarez-Blanco Profile
Associate Professor of Spanish
Off Campus: Winter 2019 through Spring 2019

Ph.D. from University of Colorado, Boulder. Teaches Spain Today - Narrative & Film- , New Spanish Voices, Fiction and the Market, Participatory Video and Civic Engagement, etc. She is the co-founder and President of ALCES XXI, International Association of Spanish Literature and Film of the 21st Century; a co-founder of the Journal of Contemporary Spanish Literature and Film and the co-founder of the International Film Forum. Her research works at the crossroads of literature, film, media and cultural anthropology and it focuses on the study of cultural politics and aesthetics in the frame of capitalism and its crisis.

She has published articles on the work of contemporary Spanish authors and is the coeditor of two book projects:  Contornos de la narrativa española actual (2000-1010) Madrid / Frankfurt, 2011, Iberoamericana / Vervuert; and an interdisciplinary book titled La imaginación Hipotecada: Aportaciones al debate sobre la precariedad del presente Madrid:Libros en Acción, 2016.



Becky Boling
Becky Boling Profile
Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. Professor of Spanish and the Liberal Arts
Off Campus: Winter 2019

Ph.D. from Northwestern. Teaches Forces of Nature, Women Writers in Latin American, Latin American Drama, Novels of Revolution and Dictatorship, and Recent Trends in Latin American Narrative: Testimony and Pop Culture. Her teaching and research focus on both contemporary Latin American narrative and theater with a strong interest in women's writings. She has published on authors such as Mayra Montero, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Luisa Valenzuela, and Griselda Gambaro. She is on the editorial board of Latin American Theater Review and a reader for other journals such as Letras Femeninas and Gestos. Becky has on occasion led the Spanish Winter Seminar in Mexico. Other travel experiences include Argentina, Guatemala, and Spain.

Jorge Brioso Profile
Director of Latin American Studies
Professor of Spanish

Jorge Brioso( PHD. Graduate Center CUNY) teaches twentieth-century Peninsular Literature, Literature, Philosophy and Film at Carleton College as well as Latin American Literature. His main areas of interest are philosophy, literary theory and aesthetics. His research focuses on twentieth-century Spanish essay and poetry: Unamuno, Ortega, Machado, Zambrano, etc.; Latin American poetry and literature: Borges, Casal, Darío, Lezama and Virgilio Piñera, etc.; and Political Philosophy: Hobbes, Foucault, Carl Schmitt, etc.

Linda Burdell
Linda Burdell Profile
Senior Lecturer in Spanish

(Ph.D. University of Kansas). Linda's BA is in Spanish and Music Performance (flute), and she has an MA in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. Her academic interests include all things linguistic, especially sound systems, syntax and second language acquisition. Her literary studies have focused on Mexican women writers and their portrayal of class, race and ethnicity in the 20th century Mexican novel. Linda teaches all levels of Spanish and coordinates the Spanish Language Associate's activities and Parish House.

Jose Cerna-Bazan Profile
Professor of Spanish
Off Campus: Winter 2019

Jose Cerna-Bazan received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and studied Amerindian linguistics and cultural theory in his native Peru. He is particularly interested in the relation of literary experimentation and cultural discourses in contexts marked by social heterogeneity. He has published articles on contemporary Latin American poetry and narrative, and a book, Sujeto a cambio, on the work of César Vallejo. He is currently working on a project on society, politics, and representation in Peru (1960-2000).

Fernando Contreras
Fernando Contreras Profile
Instructor in Spanish
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Humberto Huergo Profile
Professor of Spanish
Off Campus: Spring 2019

(Ph.D. from Princeton University) he is a specialist in seventeenth-century art and literature and in Modernist aesthetics.  He has edited several books by José Moreno Villa, including Temas de Arte (Pre-Textos, 2001), Medio mundo y otro medio.  Memorias escogidas (Pre-Textos, 2010), and Función contra forma y otros escritos sobre arquitectura madrileña, 1927-1935 (Iseebooks, 2010).  He is currently working on a book on film and photographic theory in the Second Spanish Republic.

Claudia Lange
Claudia Lange Profile
Visiting Instructor in Spanish
Silvia Lopez Profile
Professor of Spanish

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of Minnesota) teaches XIX and XX century Latin American literature and culture at Carleton. Her main areas of interest are literary and social modernity in Latin America, cultural and critical theory, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School. Her research focuses on cultural theory and criticism in the work Adorno, Lukács, Benjamin, Garcia Canclini, Schwarz, and Rancière. Together with Christopher Chiappari, she translated Néstor Garcia Canclini's _Hybrid Cultures: strategies for entering and leaving modernity.

Beatriz Pariente-Beltran
Beatriz Pariente-Beltran Profile
Senior Lecturer in Spanish

(PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from University of Massachusetts-Amherst). She currently teaches elementary and intermediate language courses. In the past, she has also taught linguistics courses such as Spanish Phonetics, Advanced Grammar, Conversation and Composition. Her research focuses on the implementation of translation in the second language classroom.

She collaborates with Hermeneus (Journal of Translation and Interpreting by the Universidad de Valladolid, Spain), where she has published translations on Sub Saharan African literature such La rosa de la mujer by Olive Schreiner (in collaboration with other translators), and Una tragedia africana by R.R.R.Dholomo. She has collaborated with Pearson Education Publishing on the development of feedback questions for online materials.

In her free time she enjoys cooking, horseback riding and playing the piano.

Diane Pearsall
Diane Pearsall Profile
Senior Lecturer in Spanish, Emerita

Senior Lecturer. She did her graduate work at the University of Michigan. She specializes in foreign language pedagogy, oversees the Language Assistant Program, and is largely responsible for the implementation of activities related to the Beginning and Intermediate levels of Spanish. She has also served as director of the Carleton in Mexico Program.

Yansi Perez
Yansi Perez Profile
Associate Professor of Spanish
Chair of Spanish

Yansi Pérez, Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature, received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her research and teaching interests are in the field of modern and contemporary Latin American cultural studies, literature, and film. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript that examines the many facets of history in the work of the Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton.  In this book, she revisits a series of debates and topics that were central to Latin American literature of the nineteen sixties and seventies and rethinks and questions the manner in which we read and understand contemporary Latin American literature with the perspectives offered by present critical debates.  The problems that she addresses include the relationship between literature, ethics and politics, the problematic relationship between the artistic and political avant-gardes, and the centrality of the concept of mourning in relation to memory and historical trauma.  She has published articles about Roque Dalton as well as more contemporary Central American authors such as Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Anacristina Rossi and Jacinta Escudos. She offers courses about the detective novel in Latin America, Myth and History in Central America, Postwar Central American Literature and Culture, Race and Nation in the Caribbean, among others.

Vera Coleman
Vera Coleman Profile
Lecturer in Spanish

Vera teaches elementary language courses and supervises the Spanish Teaching Assistants. Her
research areas include environmental humanities, gender studies, contemporary Latin American
literature, film, and art, and heritage language pedagogies. She believes that teaching
international languages and cultures promotes cultural awareness and empathy in order to create
a society in which diversity flourishes.

Emeriti Faculty

Coco Colteaux
Coco Colteaux Profile
Professor of Spanish, Emerita
Maria Elena Doleman
Maria Elena Doleman Profile
Senior Lecturer in Spanish, Emerita

Was born in La Habana, Cuba. Her main interests are Foreign Language Education and Cuban studies, especially Cuban American Literature. She has traveled to Spain, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In 1994 she returned to Cuba after 34 years, where she still has family and friends. Maria's Webpage

Patrick Dust
Patrick Dust Profile
Professor of Spanish, Emeritus


Mary Tatge
Mary Tatge Profile
Administrative Assistant in German and Russian
Administrative Assistant in Spanish
Administrative Assistant in French
Javier Alberdi
Javier Alberdi
Spanish Language Associate

I am 23 years old. I come from Madrid (Spain) and I am happy to be here at Carleton. I am a graduate in Art History from the Complutense University of Madrid.
I like sports, art, nature and I am really interested in different cultures. I am a big fan of basketball and I support a small team from Madrid which is the “Club Estudiantes”. It Is not the best team from Spain but well… still OK.
We are going to have the Spanish Lunch Table every Tuesday and Thursday at LDC from noon to 1:00pm. I will be there to speak with you all and I think that we can have a really nice time there. It will start on September 11th.
Hope to see you all soon. If you have any question, please ask me.
Nos vemos pronto,