Professor and chairman, modern languages


  • Visiones de exilio:  Para leer a Zoe Valdes.  Lanham, Md.:  University Press of America, 2008.


  • "Viviendo la pesadilla: Performatividad y teatralidad en la identidad de los cubanos en el 'Periodo especiale,' Exilio e identidad en el mundo hispano, Laura Lapez, Fern Andez and Beatriz Caballero Rodriguez, eds. (Alicante:  Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, 2012) 8336-859 Web. Aug. 3, 2012.

Journal articles

  • "Betwween Impeachment and Coup de tete: A Testimonial on the Presidential Change in Paraguay in Summer 2012." Tempo exterior 26 13(2): 73-86 (2013).
  • "New Approaches to Afro-Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies: A review essay of 'Modernity Disavowed: Haiti and the Cultures of Slavery in the Age of Revolution,' by Sybille Fischer; 'Being and Blackness in Latin America: Uprootedness and Improvisation,' by Patricia D. Fox; 'Escritura afropuertoorriquea y modernidad,' by Eleuterio Santiago-Diaz; and 'The Tears of Hispaniola: Haitian and Dominican Diaspora Memory,' by Lucia m. Suarez." Chasqui 38:2 (November 2009): 158-163.

Encyclopedia entries

  •  "Dana Chaviano" (118-119) and "Yanitzia Canetti" (100-101), Latin American Women Writers:  An Encyclopedia, ed. Maria Claudia Andre and Eva Bueno. New York: Routledge, 2008.

Book reviews

  • Review of Afro-Cuban Identity in Postrevolutionary Novel and Film, by Andrea Easley Morris. Chasqui 41.2: 213-14 (November 2012)
  • Review of The Latin American Urban America: Between Literature and Mass Culture by Esperanza Bielsa. Studies in 20th and 21st Century Fiction 34 (1): 134-35 (winter 2010).
  • Review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook edited by Gene H. Bell-Villada. Studies in 20th and 21st Century Fiction 34 (1): 136-37 (winter 2010).
  • Review of Mainland Passage: The Cultural Anomaly of Puerto Rico by Ramon Soto-Crespo. Chasqui 39(2): 236-38 (November 2010).
  • Review of One World Periphery Reads the Other: Knowing the "Oriental" in the Americas and Iberian Peninsula, edited by Ignacio Lopez-Calvo
  • Review of Exile and Cultural Hegemony:  Spanish Intellectuals in Mexico, 1939-1975 by Sebastian Faber (Nashville, Tenn.:  Vanderbilt University Press, 2002). Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature 32 (1):  211-13 (winter 2008).


  • "Drogas de grogar," International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, October 2013
  • The Secret Gardens of Mogador by Alberto Ruy Sanchez (reading), HALO Hispanic literature event, Washburn University, October 2013
  • "The Jesuit Kingdom of Paraguay," Brown Bag Presentation, Washburn University, October 2013
  • "El Evangelio Sega Yunior," International Caribbean Conference, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc., April 2013
  • "The Spice of Surprise: On the Impeachment of President Lugo," Kansas Paraguay Partners, University of Kansas, March 2013
  • "Is There a Book Any More?" Washburn Faculty Colloquium on the Book, November 2010
  • "We are in Kansas Now: Reading the American Heartland in Spanish-speaking Literature at the end of the 20th Century," Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, April 2010
  • "Misreading a Minority Culture: Racism and Resistance in Victor Hugo Rascon-Banda's La mujer que caya del cielo," Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Languages, Lawrence, Kan., November 2009
  • "The Disengaged Engagement:  Alberto Ruy Sanchez's Cycle of Desire," Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, April 2009
  • "All the Gardens in the World: Alberto Ruy Sanchez's Los jardines secretos de Mogador," Faculty Colloquium on the Garden, Washburn, September-November 2008

Awards and honors

  • Marquis Who's Who in American Education 2008

Offices and appointments

  • Planning committee, Tilford Conference on Diversity, Emporia State University, October 2013
  • Editorial board, Caribbean Voices e-journal


  • Sweet Sabbatical, Guarani Language and Cultural Stage in Asuncion, Paraguay, June and July 2010

Community involvement

  • Moderator, Latin American Cinema Festival of Kansas City, Mo., 2010. 2013
  • Steering committee, USD 501, 2009-10
  • Workshop on Spanish language and Latino culture, Marian Clinic, Topeka, February and March 2010
  • Workshop on portfolio assessment for world languages high school instructors, Kansas State Department of Education, Topeka, March 2010

Public commentary

  • Interview in La Voz de Galicia (Spanish journal), Jan. 6, 2010


  • Reviewer, Letras femininas peer reviewer Epigraphs, Intertextuality and Exile: Reading the Poetry of Zoa Valdas (2013)
  • Reviewer, Hispania, Official Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
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