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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 doctoral research interests revolve around 19th-century Peninsular Spanish and Spanish American literature. She has also studied Golden Age literature of Spain, with her Master’s thesis focusing on representations of violence in Don Quixote. Colleen also helped to organize a campus-wide marathon reading of Cervantes’ novel in 2016. Within the Department of Romance Studies, Colleen has served as Graduate Student Co-Coordinator for Spanish 203, as a mentor to incoming graduate students, as Secretary of the Graduate Romance Association, and has worked in the Spanish Summer Immersion Program. She has received funding awards from the department and from the Graduate School in order to attend conferences, both domestically and internationally. During the 2020-2021 academic year, Colleen will be working as the Graduate Program Assistant for the UNC in Sevilla study abroad program in Seville, Spain.


Conference Presentations

  • “‘¿Por qué vengo a estas torres olvidadas?’: Carolina Coronado and Female Poetic Ruminations on Ruins.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Society Annual Conference. Dallas, TX. March 21-24, 2019.
  • “La enfermedad y el indígena: ¿Una representación descolonizada?” 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. June 28-30, 2017.
  • “A Social Ill: Hysteria, Society and the Questioning of a Gendered Disease in Pardo Bazan’s Doña Milagros (1894).” Kaleidoscope Conference of the Graduate Students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Wisconsin, Madison. March 9-11, 2017.

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 105: Spanish for High Beginners
  • SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 204: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 261: Advanced Spanish in Context
  • SPAN 320: Spanish for Business