I came to Maryville College in 2006 after thirteen years as a Spanish and Portuguese instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Prior to working at Southern Miss, I taught middle and high school Spanish in both public (Wichita, KS) and private schools (Adrian, MI). While living in southern Mississippi, I completed an advanced degree in Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University in New Orleans where I focused on issues relating to race, gender, and sexuality in 19th century Cuban and Brazilian narratives. I also have an interest in Lusophone African literatures that focus on the relics of colonialism and cultural and racial hybridity.
At Maryville College, I teach all levels of Spanish, a section of World Cultures (WRC 370) that focuses on Latin America, and I have co-led two January travel-study courses: Brazil (2008) and Puerto Rico (2014). Currently I am the coordinator of the Spanish program and the adviser for the Maryville College chapter (Zeta Iota) of the national Spanish honorary, Sigma Delta Pi.