I came to Oregon State University in 1985 after having completed a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. During my career, I have directed three study abroad programs, in Jalapa, Mexico; Cádiz, Spain; and Córdoba, Spain. I was also a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1999.
I have taught a wide variety Spanish courses while at OSU: first-, second-, third- and fourth-year languages courses; Span 317 (Directed Reading and Writing), Span 318 (Introduction to Spanish Literature), Span 331, 332 and 333 (Civilization and Culture of Spain), Span 444 (Spanish Novel and Film), Span 445 (History of Spanish Film); and many others.
My research interests revolve around the relationship between Spanish literature (the modern Spanish novel, theater, and short story) and Spanish cinematography. I have found that combining literary and film studies in the classroom is an exciting way to contextualize and visualize Spanish literature, history, and culture. Reading and discussing literary works, and then watching the ways Spanish filmmakers have adapted them to the silver screen not only bring both the original work and the cinematic version to life but affords a better understanding of written and visual communication.
I am also a co-founder of the Cine-Lit Project, a tri-annual international symposium that is organized by Spanish professors at OSU, PSU and UO and the Portland International Film Festival and brings cinema scholars, cineastes and writers from all over the Hispanic world to Oregon. During the three-day conference participants (film scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students) present their research, listen to round table discussions and watch the latest Hispanic films screened at the PIFF. Cine-Lit has now become one of the premier conferences on Hispanic film and literature in the US.
Most of my research and publications deal with the relationship between Spanish literature and cinematography, and the history of Spanish film.