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Spanish Faculty

Tania Carrasquillo Hern├índez - Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies

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Since arriving at Linfield College in 2014, Tania Carrasquillo Hernández has taught all levels of Spanish language courses as well as a wide array of Latin American literature and culture courses on topics such as gender and sexual identities, diasporic narratives, transgression and body politics in contemporary cinema, and the history of visual arts and music performance in the Hispanic Caribbean. She has published on queerness, the representation of boyhood and masculinity in contemporary Venezuelan and Cuban cinema, and the rearticulation of Hispanic naturalist literary production in Puerto Rico. Supported by a Princeton University Library Research Grant, her current research focuses on the interconnectivity between personal archives and the evolution of the conceptualization of gender, citizenship, and political identities in the literary works of Rosario Ferré (1938–2016).     Dr. Carrasquillo Hernández is one of the authors of the special issue of CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies on Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities (2018).

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Sandra Elena Terra - Assistant Professor of Spanish

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A native of Chile and Brazil, and a first-generation Latina immigrant to Oregon, Dr. Terra regularly promotes multilingualism and multiculturalism. Professor Terra teaches courses in sociolinguistics, bilingualism, language and identity, Spanish for Health Professions, as well as all levels of Spanish for both second language learners and heritage speakers. Her research explores multilingualism and language maintenance in diverse contexts. She is a nationally certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Tester and medical interpreter. Founder of Linfield’s Spanglish Day Celebration and advisor to the Spanish Club, she is an active contributor to university events. Beyond Linfield, Professor Terra serves as the President of the Confederation in Oregon for Language Teaching (COFLT). 

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Sonia Priscila Ticas - Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies Global Languages and Cultural Studies Department Co-chair

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Dr. Sonia Ticas received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001 in Romance Languages and Literatures. She has been at Linfield since 2001 teaching courses in Spanish language at all levels, Latin American literature and culture classes including Latin American cultures through film, Latin American women writers and historical figures. She has  has taken students abroad for travel courses in Mexico, Spain and Morocco to study cultural identity in historical perspective.

A native of El Salvador, her published work focuses on the history of women’s suffrage in the region and the study of women’s literature from the first half of the 20th century. She has published a number of articles studying the interplay of literature and women’s changing societal roles and is working on a book on the Salvadoran women’s suffrage movement. She has also collaborated on a translation project of Costa Rican poet, Eunice Odio. Tavern Books of Portland Oregon has published in a series of four volumes the long epic poem, Tránsito de Fuego (The Fire’s Journey), between 2013 and 2019.

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