Office Phone: (540) 432-4666
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: CC 345
Instructor of Spanish
“I believe learning a language is a fundamental component of who we are and how we understand the world. In the classroom, I aim to provide my students with life skills, inspire them to study in other countries, challenge their expectations and prejudices, and encourage them to cultivate understanding and respect for others. I am intrigued especially by the complexity of narrative that conveys not only ‘facts’ or emotion, but also an underlying ideology.”
Adriana is of Ecuadorian and Colombian heritage. She completed her BA in Latin American Studies and Literature at American University and her MA in Hispanic Studies at the University of Virginia. Currently, she is working on completing her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. In 2009 and 2010, she was administrator and instructor for the UVa Program in Peru. She joined the Language and Literature Department at EMU in 2012 and teaches Spanish language, literature, and film.
Adriana’s primary research interests are Twentieth Century Literature and Film, Andean Literature and Culture, Trauma and Resilience Narratives, and Hispanic American Women writers. Her dissertation in progress, “From Manchay Tiempo to ‘Truth’: Cultural Trauma and Resilience in Contemporary Peruvian Narrative,” tracks the development of cultural production in post-conflict Peru.
Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in progress, A.B.D.
M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, May 2010
- Thesis: “Tabla rasa, manifiesto y estraza en Tristana de Galdós”
B.A. with honors, Latin American Studies and Spanish, and Literature, American University, Washington, DC, December 2004
- Senior Honors Capstone: “Respuestas a la paternidad literaria en la literatura latinoamericana”
- “The Drake of the South China Sea: the Pirate Narrative in González de Mendoza’s Historia de la China,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Kentucky University, April 2013.
- “Citizenship by Design: Displacement, Segregation, and the Politics of Exclusion in Shenandoah National Park,” English Department, Race, Space and Culture Symposium, University of Virginia, December 2010.
- “La corporalidad en Fuenteovejuna,” Graduate Student Lecture Series, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia, October 2010.
- “Tabla rasa, manifiesto, estraza en Tristana de Galdós,” Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Interdisciplinary Conference “Travel, Journeys, and Quests: Movement and Meaning”, University of Virginia, April 2010.
- “El papel surrealista de Susana San Juan en Pedro Páramo,” Mid-Atlantic Conference of Latin American Studies, Muhlenberg College, February 2004.
- Fellowship, Eastern Mennonite University, spring 2014.
- Teaching Assistantship, University of Virginia, 2008-2012.
- Juan Espadas Prize for best undergraduate paper presented at 2004 MACLAS XXV.
- Colonial Intersections*, University of Maryland, Mexican Cultural Institute, Library of Congress, October 11-13, 2012.
1. SPAN 210 Intermediate Spanish I
2. SPAN 120 Elementary Spanish II
3. SPAN 360 Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
4. SPAN 410 Latin American Film
5. SPAN 420 The Latin American Novel
- Submitted a writing intensive proposal (and it was approved) for SPAN 320 Advanced Grammar and Composition.
- Proposed new upper-level courses for Spanish program.
- Helped organize of an evening celebrating Hispanic culture and language: Noche Bohemia.
- Conducted in conjunction with Spanish Instructors a Hispanic Film Series: Repression and Hope.
- Worked with Spanish faculty to create uniform grading scale.