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Sonia Priscila Ticas

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Sonia Priscila Ticas
Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies

Department of Global Languages and Cultural Studies, Walker Hall 324


I have always been mesmerized by language’s creative power and the ability to communicate with people across cultural and geographic boundaries. Besides English and Spanish, I’ve gained fluency in French through study abroad. I seek opportunities to engage in cultural activities of all sorts and I’m constantly inspired by meeting people who enhance my interpersonal skills. I share my linguistic and cross-cultural abilities in the classroom and while traveling abroad with students to places as diverse as Morocco and Spain.

Typical courses I teach include Spanish language at various levels, Latin American and Spanish cultures through film, literature, history and gender studies. My professional work is mainly in poetry translation, women writers and the history of women’s suffrage in El Salvador. I am currently pursuing my interest in creative writing composing poems about my experience as a child migrant which draws from a manuscript of a memoir focused on my adolescence in El Salvador, migration and adaptation to life in Los Angeles.


  • B.A., California State University, Northridge
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Academic interests

Intercultural communications, Latin American cultures, film and gender studies.


The following are links to Dr. Ticas's translation work and articles: