I have been a full-time Spanish professor at BC since 2014. When the opportunity arises, I teach French and courses in the English department as well.
I am a literary scholar by training. I completed a Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine and a B.A. in history and comparative literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research concerns the politics of literature as a field in early 20th century Latin America, especially in post-revolutionary Mexico.
My interest in learning languages came from my passion for literature and history. I am Panamanian-American and grew up partly in Costa Rica, so Spanish is one of my native languages. However, I have spent much of my life as a student of other languages.
One of my goals for Bellevue College is to have a robust, sustainable course for heritage speakers of Spanish. The course now exists and has run several times, and I hope it can become a regular offering in the future.
Spanish 100 series (First-year Spanish)
Spanish 200 series (Second-year Spanish)
Spanish 231/232 (Spanish for Heritage Speakers)
French 100 series (First-year French)
English 101 (English Composition)
English 201 (The Research Paper)
English 271/272 (Expository Writing)