I was born and raised in Spain and moved to the USA in 1992. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Seville, and my master’s and Ph.D. are from the University of Virginia. While a teaching assistant at UVA, I received an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award and was a finalist for a Seven Society Teaching Award.
My professional life has always been in the field of education. I have taught English in Spain and Spanish language, literature, and culture in the USA and New Zealand at all levels, from grade school to graduate school. My last appointment was as director of the Sweet Briar College program Junior Year in Spain.
My research interests are wide: from medieval Catalan literature inscribed in the tradition of misogyny to the use of songs in the teaching of Spanish. I am currently taking a year off to pursue different projects, among them research concerning dictators from different European and Latin American countries.
Languages, traveling, and education are my main passions, so I consider myself very fortunate to be able to devote three and a half months to all of them simultaneously during the Semester at Sea voyage.