Spanish Major, Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Major (BA); Spanish (MA)
After completing my studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UW-Madison, I participated for four years in the Spanish Ministry of Education´s North American Teaching Exchange Program. I taught language and other subject area classes in English at a trilingual elementary school in Maó, Menorca, at a Model D Basque-language high school in Berriz (Bizkaia) and also at the Official Language School in Durango for adults in the Basque Country. During that time, I also collaborated as a translator for various Catalan and Basque literary projects and cultural publications, including Apicius (Montagud Editores, Barcelona) and Txalaparta (Nafarroa). This professional experience allowed me to perfect my Spanish and Catalan language skills, acquire skills in Basque and deepen my cultural knowledge and connection to the people, history and contemporary social reality of these regions and also witness developments in Spanish national politics. Additionally, in the US I worked with the Southwest Organizing Project in Chicago on an anti-foreclosure campaign, as well as education and immigration reform proposals. My involvement with a wide variety of people and organizations has been fundamental to the perspective I now bring to my doctoral studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. Currently, I continue to specialize in Iberian Cultural and Literary Studies and credit UW-Madison and especially the LACIS program for preparing me to develop a well-rounded, people-based approach to language, history and literature.