Humanities and Arts

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Salisbury Laboratories, 5
Phone: +1-508-831-5356
Fax: +1-508-831-5932

Ingrid E. Matos-Nin

I’ve always known I wanted to teach, not only because I love to learn but because I also like to share my knowledge. In order to do this, a teacher needs to know that the students are the most important component of the learning process. WPI students have highly inquisitive minds, a fact that makes my job as a professor a rewarding, challenging, and pleasant undertaking.

My classes are small communities of learning, where my role is to guide and facilitate the process. Our students are fast learners, and even though languages are not perceived as a standard subject of a science and technology school, as WPI is, our students are eager to learn Spanish. They know that understanding a culture starts by learning its language. I teach with the conviction that the more you know of a language and its culture, the better prepared the student will be to confront the challenges of diversity in modern society.

I am also interested in women’s studies and women in literature. I have been conducting research on the role of women and the supernatural in literature from the Middle Ages to the colonial period in Hispanic America. My goal is to find elements that could reveal the incipient beginnings of rebellion amongst women writers of these literary periods. I study the traditional portraiture of women in literature as a means to find the roots of our culture today.

The supernatural element in my research is studied as the main component in conveying the idea of a double entendre in women’s literature. Women authors usually hid behind the convention created by society in terms of the supernatural, to point out the discrepancies between society’s portraiture of the female and women’s reality in everyday life. Understanding why the role of women in society has always been that of a second-class citizen is one of my goals.

Research Interests

  • Women's Studies
  • Golden Age and Renaissance Studies
  • Colonial Literature
  • Hispanic American Literature
  • Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Methodology


  • BA, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 1981
  • MAHS, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, 1988
  • BS ED, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, 1997
  • PhD, Boston University, 2004

Featured Publications

  • The Novels of Maria de Zayas (1590-1650): The Supernatural and the Occult in Spanish Women's Literature of the Seventeenth Century, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010.
  • "Lisis. The Semantics of Love and Healing in Maria de Zayas and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz," Rondas Literarias de Pittsburgh. Duquesne University, Department of Foreign Languages. Pennsylvania: Grelin Press, 2010. 173-180.
  • "Lo medieval en una novela de Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor," Grafemas, December 2007.
  • "Lisis o la remision de la enfermedad del amor en Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor," Letras Femeninas, Vol. XXXII, Num. 2. (Asociacion Internacional de Literatura Femenina Hispanica, Fall 2006): 101-116.
  • “La importancia de la verosimilitud en 'El desengaño amando y premio de la virtud,'" Confluencia, vol. 22, no. 1 (University of Northern Colorado, fall 2006): 58-66.

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