Ph.D Student in Spanish

Advised by Professor Irene Gómez-Castellano | Dey 215

At UNC Since 2014


M.A., Romance Studies (Spanish), UNC Chapel Hill, 2016

B.A., Spanish & Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 2013


Colleen’s primary research interests lie in 19th century Peninsular Spanish literature, focusing on representations of architectural ruins in Romantic texts and the roles that they play in the narratives. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature, combining literature, ruin theory, theories of decay, visual arts, architecture and archaeology. Colleen has taught a variety of courses at UNC including beginner, intermediate and advanced-level Spanish language, as well as introductions to literature and film of the Hispanic world. She also taught in the Spanish Summer Immersion Program in 2017, acting as a conversation facilitator for beginning Spanish students. During her time at UNC she has organized events that reach the entire university community, such as the 23rd Carolina Conference for Romance Studies in 2017 and a marathon reading of the Spanish novel Don Quixote. Colleen has also been active within the Romance Studies department, serving as both social co-chair and secretary for the Graduate Romance Association (GRA), the graduate student organization within the department.

Conference Presentations

  • “La enfermedad y el indígena: ¿Una representación descolonizado?” IV Congreso Internacional Historia, Literatura y Arte en el Cine en Español y Portugués (CIHALCEP). Centro de Estudios Brasileños de la Universidad de Salamanca. Salamanca, España. 28-30 de junio de 2017.
  • “A Social Ill: Hysteria, Society and the Questioning of a Gendered Disease in Pardo Bazan’s Doña Milagros.” Kaleidoscope Conference of the Graduate Students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin, Madison. March 9-11, 2017.
  • “Violence and Fame in the Quixote: Corporeal Manifestations of the Search for Identity.” 22nd Annual Carolina Conference for Romance Studies. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. March 31-April 2, 2016.

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 101
  • SPAN 102
  • SPAN 105
  • SPAN 203
  • SPAN 204
  • SPAN 261