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Ph.D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Boston University
B.S., Secondary Education, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
M.A., Hispanic Studies, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
B.A., Political Science, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

One of the most rewarding pleasures of teaching at WPI is the diversity of cultures you find in and around campus. My main goal is to broaden my students’ knowledge of Hispanic countries and promote cultural understanding inside and outside the classroom. I teach the importance of understanding different lifestyles and ways of expression in other parts of the world---differences that we can also find in each of the Hispanic countries. My courses include more than grammar, vocabulary, essays, speaking, and writing. I also teach culture and history (in Spanish) from around the world to my students so they can understand better the society they live in. I introduce larger themes and relate them to contemporary culture, like diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, this include LGBTQAI+ issues and Women’s Studies. All of these themes are of particular importance when the topic is new or foreign to the students. 

I believe I can make a difference in promoting cultural understanding by exposing my students to educational information they might not have had experience personally or learn in High School. College is the place where the development of new attitudes helps them understand themselves better, while, at the same time, they get a better understanding of other people’s lifestyles. Our students are unique, and I believe that challenging them to learn is the best way to encourage them to reach their maximum potential. Once they leave college, they have to face the real world, where they will have a better chance of success if they strive to do their best in every aspect of their lives. By fostering a diverse learning environment in the classroom our students can go out into the world with the curiosity to keep learning, the knowledge to confront their challenges, and the wisdom to understand their fellow human beings. I want each of my students to recognize that we are living in a world that presents global challenges, and that windows must be opened and understanding should be encouraged.

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Scholarly Work

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Featured publications:


  • The Novels of María de Zayas, 1590-1650: The Supernatural and the Occult in Spanish Women's Literature of the Seventeenth Century-Las novelas de María de Zayas (1590-1650): Lo sobrenatural y lo oculto en la literatura femenina española del Siglo XVII. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2010. It is currently in its Fifth Edition, and it is also available online. 

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Professional Highlights & Honors
Morgan Pedagogy Champion (WPI), 2024

WPI Board of Trustees’ Faculty Achievement Award, 2024

Certified in “Cultural Responsive Teaching,” by the Council for at Risk Student Education and Professional Standards (CASEPS), 2023

Inaugural Champion of Diversity Award (WPI),

NAFSA (Association of International Educators), Panel at Annual Conference, 2019

Insight Faculty Advisor of the Year Award (WPI), 2017

Faculty Champion, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) (WPI), 2016

Insight Advising Program Certificate of Appreciation (WPI), 2016

United States Chapter of the Spanish Royal Academy of Language, Recognition for publications, 2013

Provost's Honorable Mention as advisor for MQP, 2010