Denise Oyuki Castillo

Position title: Teaching Assistant - Spanish 311


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Denise Oyuki Castillo is a first-generation PhD candidate in Hispanic Literature. She received her BA from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez in México, and her MA from the University of New Mexico in Hispanic Literature. She decided to study literature inspired by the oral traditions and folk tales from Chihuahua and New México shared with her by her grandparents.

Her research focuses on the Cultural Exchange between Europe and America during the Early Modern Period. She is particularly interested in Women’s Writing, Gastronomical Practices, Fashion and Material Cultural Studies in Spain, and the American Viceroyalties. Additional areas of interest include Colonial Discourses on Contemporary Literature & Hispanic Southwest.

She is also a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese and an Instructor at the Writing Center. She has taught Spanish 101, 203, 204, 226, and 311, and has been a discussion leader and grader for Spanish 223, Spanish 364, and ChicLa 201.

Teaching Certificates

2023. Fundamentals of Online Teaching accredited by Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

2022. Heritage Language Education accredited by CARLA

Research Fellowships and Awards

2023. Teaching Development Grant

2023. Curriculum Development Award

2023. Teaching Mentors Award

2023. Teaching Excellence Award

2022 & 2023. Honored Instructor

2022. Student Research Award

2022. Dissertation Write Up

2019 & 2020. Tinker Nave Field Research Grant

2019. Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Portuguese)