Teaching Associate Professor of Spanish

raul@email.unc.edu | Dey 216

At UNC since 2005


Education

Master of Science: Psychology and Research in Education | University of Kansas | May 2009
Advisor: Dr. Tom Krieshok
Project: Breaking the Ties that Bind: Narrative Approaches to Understanding and Treating Sexual Addiction (Winner of the 2009 Outstanding Master’s Project for the School of Education)

DOCTORATE OF PHILOSOPHY: Hispanic Literature | UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
Minor: Counseling Psychology
Advisor: Dr. George Woodyard
Dissertation: Dams, Doors, and Divans: Staging a National Narrative Therapy in Argentina, Chile, and Spain

Master of Arts: Hispanic Literatures | University of Kansas
Advisor: Dr. George Woodyard

Bachelor of Arts with Honors: Spanish | Virginia Tech
Advisor: Dr. Jackie Bixler

Master of Science: Family & Child Development | Virginia Tech | ABT
Focus: Marriage and Family Therapy

Bachelor of Science with Honors: Psychology | Virginia Tech
Minor: Theatre Arts

Bio

Raúl’s research occupies the intersection of Hispanic literature and psychology, taking up such topics as trauma, identity, personal performance, societal narratives and their influence, and politics. Although he works mostly with theatre, especially from Mexico and the Southern Cone, he also studies narrative and is a lover of Latin American poetry. His work with theatre has allowed him to network with some of the best contemporary playwrights from Mexico, as well as Ariel Award winning David Desola from Spain. Because theatre is a lived, communal experience, he takes advantage of the Mexico City theatre scene as often as possible, and is a regular presenter at the Universidad Iberoamericana’s theatre conference. His work as a counseling psychology intern at the Art Therapy Institute in Carrboro, NC provides another avenue to explore and to employ the meeting of the arts and psychology in a practical manner that serves our local community.

Raúl’s strong interests in pedagogy and technology, as well as the belief that all good professors are active learners, inform his work as a teacher. UNC twice awarded him with one of five grants across the university to convert a course into an online, summer format. As part of that, he completed two classes on online education. Raúl received a Teaching Excellence award at the University of Kansas, served as an evaluator of state reading assessments in Kansas, and has been named to the Who’s Who in America publication while at UNC. He has served as the Director of the Summer Language and Culture Institute at the Universidad de las Américas in Cholula, Mexico for both the University of Kansas and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was also his privilege to be the faculty mentor for a Burch Scholar and to advise various students in their research and study abroad interests.

Publications

Articles

  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Finding Peace by Chile’s Troubled Waters: Breaking the Dam of Memories in Ariel Dorfman’s Widows.” South Central Review, Volume 30, Number 3, Fall 2013, pp. 143-144.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Testimonio, tribunales y tratamiento: La muerte y la doncella por Ariel Dorfman como terapia narrativa nacional.” Coloquio Internacional de Teatro Latinoamericano en memoria de George Woodyard: La re/presentación de violencia en el teatro latinoamericano contemporáneo: ¿Ética o estética? La Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico, fall 2016.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”.  “Mirror Images: The Use of Fairytale Narration in Elena Garro’s Los recuerdos del porvenir.”  Revista de Literatura Contempóranea Mexicana 40:16 (2009): 49-57.

Presentations

  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Performance, poder y política: Fomentando cambio social por medio del teatro en una clase universitaria de EUA o Entre fobias y filias andan fantasmas invitadosColoquio Internacional de Teatro Latinoamericano at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in November 2019.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “El asesino entre nosotros y la justicia tan ajena.” Coloquio Internacional de Teatro Latinoamericano at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in November 2018.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Los amigos de la justicia: Hacia una unión más perfecta.” Coloquio Internacional de Teatro Latinoamericano at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in November 2016.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Los últimos días de Clark K.: Cuando la fortaleza se convierte en laberinto.” Coloquio Internacional de Teatro Latinoamericano at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in November 2014.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Esperando el renacimiento: El viaje transatlántico, trans-celestial y transgresivo de Siglo XX (que estás en los cielos) de David Desola.” Coloquio Internacional de Teatro Latinoamericano at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in November 2013.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Hombres del quinto sol: Rompiendo paradigmas escénicos y sexuales en Muerte de cuna o,  por favor, concédeme un café y Un día nublado en la casa del sol.” To be presented at the Coloquio Internacional de Teatro Latinoamericano at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City in November 2012.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Truth, Trials, and Treatment: Ariel Dorfman’s La muerte y la doncella as a National Narrative Therapy.” Coloquio Internacional de Teatro Latinoamericano en memoria de George Woodyard: La re/presentación de violencia en el teatro latinoamericano contemporáneo: ¿Ética o estética?. Mexico City, November 2011.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Vuelto al espejo mágico: el empleo del estilo del cuento de hadas en Los recuerdos del porvenir por Elena Garro.” Coloquio Internacional: Homenaje a Elena Garro, 50 años de su dramaturgía. Mexico City, June 2007.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Griselda Gambaro’s Atando Cabos:  Binding Wounds and Those Who Inflict Them.” Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures. Chapel Hill, March 2006.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “The Use of Technology to Enhance Second Language Acquisition.” Invited Guest Speaker, Midwest Conference on Technology in Foreign Language Classrooms. Lawrence, KS, Spring 1998.

Reviews

  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”.  Rev. of John Patrick Leary’s A Cultural History of Underdevelopment: Latin America in the U.S. Imagination. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2016. Comparative Literature Studies. Spring 2019.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. Rev. of Jacqueline Bixler and Stuart Day, eds. El teatro de Rascón Banda:  Voces en el umbral. Mexico City: Escenología, 2005. Gestos 21:42 (2006): 188-190.

In Progress

  • Brown Michael “Raúl”. “A Cultural History of Underdevelopment: Latin America in the US Imagination.” Review in progress for the Journal of Comparative Literature Studies.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Review in progress for AMIT.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Men of the Fifth Sun: Breaking Sexual and Scenic Paradigms in Un día nublado en la casa del sol and Muerte de cuna, o por favor, concédeme un café.” In progress to submit to Latin American Theatre Review.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “Esperando el renacimiento: El viaje transatlántico, trans-celestial y transgresivo de Siglo XX (que estás en los cielos) de David Desola.” In progress to submit to Revista de Literatura Contemporánea Mexicana.
  • Brown, Michael “Raúl”. “The Last Days of Clark K.: Fortress or Labyrinth?” In progress.

Typical Courses

  • SPAN 344  Performance, poder y política: El teatro latinoamericano de los siglos XX y XXI
  • SPAN 260/301  Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis
  • SPAN 105  Spanish for High Beginners
  • SPAN 204 Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 350 Advanced Conversation and Composition