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Consuelo Lopez Springfield

Discipline: Women and Gender Studies

Consuelo holds a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Indiana University-Bloomington (1983). While her master’s thesis (University of Puerto Rico) focused on the later plays of Irish playwright W.B. Yeats, Consuelo is recognized internationally for her work in Caribbean and Women’s Studies. Her book, Twentieth Century Caribbean Women (1997), published by Indiana University Press, was also published in the U.K. by the Latin American Bureau. Twice she served as the Guest Editor of CALLALOO, the leading journal on African and African American literature (issues on Puerto Rican and Dominican literature). An Assistant Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Letters and Science where she advises pre-law and pre-med/dental students, she teaches interdisciplinary courses in Gender & Women’s Studies and Chican@ Latin@ Studies. Consuelo is also a Faculty Affiliate of UW’s Latin American, Iberian and Caribbean Studies Program. Her experiences at Indiana University School of Law led her to embrace (legal) Critical Race Studies which she teaches in her courses. She is very happy to help students to publish their work and to engage in community volunteerism. Consuelo enjoys film, salsa dancing, and county fairs. She is looking forward to Semester at Sea!