Romance Studies Alumni
Ph.D. in Spanish (2016)
While at UNC, Emily was advised by Professor Rosa Perelmuter
Ph.D., Hispanic Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016.
M.A., Hispanic Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011.
M.A.T., Instruction and Curriculum Design, University of Memphis, 2008.
B.A., Spanish and Psychology, Rhodes College, 2006.
Institute for Study Abroad Program, Butler University. La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica, 2004.
Emily is a fifth year Ph.D. Candidate interested in Spanish American literature and gender studies, especially nineteenth-century women’s writing, the development of the essay, nineteenth-century social issues and human rights movements, Romanticism, and economic questions in literature. Before coming to UNC for the M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic literature, Emily worked for several years in nonprofit and in Memphis City Schools, teaching high school Spanish while earning a Master of Arts in Teaching focused on secondary foreign language instruction. At UNC, Emily has been involved in research, education, and community service initiatives by working as the Graduate Romance Languages Association (GRA) service project coordinator, serving as an editorial assistant for the journal Hispanófila, mentoring incoming graduate students, serving on the Sponsored Events Committee to plan departmental events and guest speakers, and working as the Co-coordinator for Spanish 203, among other activities. Emily has won research awards, such as the Buchan Graduate Essay Award, and travel grants, such as the Buchan Excellence Fund to conduct research in Madrid, Spain. Her M.A. thesis was titled, “Addressing Women’s Education in the Late Nineteenth Century: Las Veladas Literarias and Beyond,” and in it she analyzes the essays of the participants in Juana Manuela Gorriti’s famous literary circle in 1870s Lima from a longitudinal perspective, tracing how their ideas changed over time.
Emily is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, titled “Gambling and Social Roles in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Latin American Novel,” which examines how economic questions related to gambling, investment, and speculative commerce intersected with gender, race, and social class in nineteenth-century Latin American narratives.
Emily has taught the following courses at UNC:
Spanish 102 – Elementary Spanish I
Spanish 105 – Elementary Spanish I-II
Spanish 203 – Intermediate Spanish I
Spanish 204 – Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish 260 – Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature
Spanish 265 – Spanish Language and Culture for the Professions
Spanish 321 – Spanish for the Health Professions
Emily has also served as the Graduate Research Coordinator (GRC) for:
Spanish 371 – Survey of Spanish Literature to 1700
Spanish/Women’s Studies 620 – The Image of Woman in Golden Ages and Colonial Spanish Literature
Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Articles:
“Women’s Education and the Gothic in Latin America: Luisa Pérez de Zambrana’s La hija del verdugo (1865).” Decimonónica, Forthcoming.
“Risky Business, Gender Roles, and Reform in Regina (1886) by Teresa González de Fanning.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 49.3 (2015); 433-56
“The Caged Bird and the Female Writer: A Recurring Metaphor in Women’s Hispanic Prose from the Mid-Nineteenth Century.” Letras Femeninas 40.2 (2014): 199-215.
“Discovery Learning and Miguel de Unamuno’s San Manuel Bueno, mártir.” Proposal accepted, chapter in progress for Approaches to Teaching the Works of Miguel de Unamuno. Ed. Luis Alvarez-Castro,. (MLA’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series).
Review of The Adulteress on the Spanish Stage: Gender and Modernity in 19th Century Romantic Drama, by Tracie Amend. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2015. 220 pp. Letras Hispanas, Forthcoming.
Review of Cuentos fantásticos del Romanticismo hispanoamericano. José María Martínez, ed., Hispanófila, 169 (September 2013): 223-5. (critical book review)