Professor of World Languages and Cultures

ASB 272


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago, Spanish. June 1999
  • M.A. University of Missouri-Columbia, Spanish. Dec. 1991
  • B.A. Millikin University, Foreign Languages. May 1989


“Say Hello to my Little Friends: Nonhumans as Latinos in U.S. Feature Films for Children,” Latinos and American Popular Culture, 2013.

“’Used for a Mighty Purpose’: Pestilence and Preservation in Julia Alvarez’s Saving the World,” Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica,

“Enchanting Melodies: Charlie Chaplin in the Poetry of Fina García Marruz,” Into the Mainstream: Essays on Spanish American and Latino Literature and Culture, 2005

Review of Las otras (Antología mínima del silencio), Caribe: Revista de Cultura y Literatura, 2005

“Resonant Shells and the Toad Chorus: Animals and the Exotic in the Poetry of León de Greiff,” Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica, 2004

Review of La tregua de la piel by Carmen Moreno, Feministas Unidas Newsletter, 2004

“‘Misterio que me habitas’: Portraits of Women in Fina García Marruz,” Caribe: Revista de Cultura y Literatura, 2004

“García Marruz, Fina (1923-),” Encyclopedia of Latin American Women Writers,

Course Taught

FLS 101, 102, 203, 204, 220, 231, 306, 322, 390, 493

390 Topics:

  • Latin America through the Arts
  • Nature and Culture in the Hispanic World
  • U.S. Latino Experience

493 Topics:

  • Latin American Poetry and the Avant-Garde
  • Images of the Conquest
  • Indigenismo
  • Nature and Culture in the Hispanic World
  • U.S. Latino Experience


  • Modern Language Association
  • Midwest Modern Language Association
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Popular Culture Association


  • EXTIMO (Exceptional Teaching Impact and Motivation) Student Voice Award for Outstanding Spanish teacher, Indiana Chapter, AATSP, 2015
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, 2014.
  • Valparaiso University Alumni Association Faculty Development Award, 2014.
  • Nominee, Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013.


  • Latin American/Latino Studies
  • Latin American poetry
  • Critical Animal Studies
  • Humane Education


  • Animal advocacy
  • Vegetarian cooking
  • Music (80s and 90s British rock)