Hispanic Studies Program Faculty | LSU Foreign Languages and Literatures

Hispanic Studies Program Faculty


Elena Castro, Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2001
Twentieth and twenty-first century Spanish Peninsular Poetry and Poetics, gender and sexuality, women studies. Twentieth and twenty-first century Spanish Peninsular Literatures, Cultural Studies and Interdisciplinary approaches to Hispanic Literatures. Contemporary Latin American Poetry and Poetics

Alejandro Cortazar, Associate Professor 
Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 1997
Literature and culture of Mexico; nation building and cultural identity formation in nineteenth-century Spanish America; Hispanic women writers

Christian Fernández-Palacios, Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies Director, and Associate Department Chair 
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1999
Colonial Latin American studies, Latin American narratives, Cultural theory, post-Colonial studies, transatlantic and comparative studies

Dorota Heneghan, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2008
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern Spanish Culture, Comparative Literature, Contemporary Spanish Women Writers, Women and Gender Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Art History

Jeremy King, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
Spanish Linguistics, Pragmatics, Historical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics

Juan Colomina Almiñana, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Universidad de La Laguna, 2009
Semantics, Second Language Acquisition, Blilingualism, Applied Linguistics, Pragmatics, Philosophy of Language 

Laura Martins, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park, 1996
Southern Cone literature and film (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay), film theory, Transatlantic studies, Luis Buñuel’s films, art and violence/art and human rights, genre studies, photography

Carmela Mattza, Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2009
Romance Languages and Literatures

Andrea Morris, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Washington University, 2003
20th century literature and culture of the Hispanic Caribbean and Central America, Afro-Hispanic literature, cultural studies

Rafael Orozco, Professor and Department Chair 
Ph.D., New York University, 2004
Spanish in the United States, Latin American Spanish, Sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, bilingualism, Colombian Spanish


Handy Acosta Cuellar 
M.A., University of New Orleans, 2016

Kim Breaux, Distinguished Instructor
M.A., Louisiana State University, 1995

Nohora Byrd, Senior Instructor
M.A., Louisiana State University, 1999

Vanessa Cardenas, Instructor
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2019

Rebecca Carrero Figueroa
Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 2021

Stephanie Colin
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2017

Matthew Freeman
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2019 

Maria Garcia de la Torre
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2019

Carlos Enrique Ibarra, Spanish Language Coordinator
M.A., University of Florida, 2012
M.A., University of Tennessee, 2002

Nicolette Lopez
M.A., Spanish, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 2020

Sheldon Lotten, Distinguished Instructor
M.A., Middlebury College, 1981

Isabel Mancilla (adjunct)

Edgar Martinez Hernandez
M.A., University of Missouri, 2018

Nelson Martinez
M.A., Louisiana State University, 1999

Isabel Matus, Distinguished Instructor
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2003

Liliana McGuffin-Naranjo
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2020

Jason Priddle
M.A., Florida State University, 2011

José Rojas
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2020

Claudia Alejandra Sanford Galindo
Ph.D., New Mexico State University, 2021

Sarah Sullivan, Senior Instructor
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2010

Latasha Valenzuela-Hernández
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2021
M.A., University of Phoenix, 2012

Maria Vargas
M.A., New York University, 1986

Cora van Zyl
M.A., Louisiana State University, 1995

Allison White
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2017

Matthew Whitehouse Gordillo
Ph.D., Duke University, 2020

Teaching Graduate Assistants

Mary Mathilde Bergeron (Hispanic Studies)

Justin Lightsey (Hispanic Studies)

Meghan Hodges (Comparative Literature)

Leslie Quezada (Comparative Literature)