Debra Ames

Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures and Chair of IECA

ASB 265


  • Ph.D. University of Virginia
  • M.A. University of Virginia
  • A.B. College of the Holy Cross


Professor Ames grew up on the East Coast and has lived in Valparaiso and taught at the University since 1987. She has traveled to Spain, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and recently went to Chile to visit the memorial sites honoring those detained/disappeared under the Pinochet dictatorship. She looks forward to exploring more of the Spanish speaking world in the coming years.


  • Literature under dictatorships
  • Women authors in Spain and Latin America
  • Chilean 20th-21st century history
  • Post dictatorship memory landscapes
  • Human rights literature and art
  • Teaching literature
  • Teaching composition in Spanish
  • Teaching Spanish language at all levels