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Ph.D. Student in Spanish | Dey 117

At UNC Since 2018


M.A. in Spanish, May 2017

The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Master’s Thesis: “Linguistic and the Iconography of Evil in the Florentine Codex.”

Fieldwork in Italy— The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence.

The City University  of New York, New York, NY

B.A.  in Journalism, May 2013

B.A.  in Spanish,        May 2013


Research Interest: Latin American Colonial Literature; Decolonialism; Pre-Columbian iconography; Mexican Intellectual History; Transatlantic Studies


International Education Fund, International Programs at UTSA Summer 2016-2017

Travel Grant, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Spring 2015-2016

Carlos and Malú Alvarez International Study Fund, Summer 2016

UTSA Modern Languages Department Annual Awards, 2017

Research Experience:

The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Graduate Research Assistant, 2016-2017

Assist faculty members in assigned research projects.

The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

International Research Study in Italy and Turkey


Conduct research on religious and mythological figures as a source of inspiration for the great Renaissance artists, and to explore the continuity of feminine symbols and how the images and symbols got transformed or disappeared.

Spectrum News, New York, New York 

Writer and researcher, 2013-2014

Verified the accuracy of local, national, and international events to write factual, clear, and interesting news stories.


Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy

América 1492-2018: el relato de un continente. June 2018.

Conference paper: Metatextos de lo maligno en el Códice Florentino: Una estrategia discursiva para la conquista espiritual de la Nueva España

Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Roma, Italy

VI Congreso Mitos Prehispánicos en la Literatura Latinoamericana. September 2017.

Paper presented: “Figuras mitológicas en la pictografía náhuatl prehispánica: el Códice sahaguniano”.

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

I Congress on Pre-Columbian Architecture and Iconography. November 2016.

Paper presented: “Rastros de dos civilizaciones y sincretismo cultural a partir de la arquitectura Novohispana.


Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico

Accepted to the International Student Mobility Program, Spring 2019. Attended the School of Philosophy and Letters and took a class with Dr. Enrique Dussel.

University of Texas at San Antonio collaborating with Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores de Antropología Social (CIESAS), Oaxaca, Mexico,  Summer 2016.

Examined the main aspects of Mexican culture and civilization: indigenous and colonial art, including baroque painting, sculpture, and architecture.


Reading, speaking, writing, and translating competence in Spanish, English, and Italian.

Honor Societies:

Sigma Delta Pi, since 2013

Volunteers and Internships: 

Media Intern at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY, 2012-2013

Assisted the Spanish Communications Officer with translations, background, and information papers.

Human Rights First, New York

Asylum Representation Project, since 2013


Escuela de Escritores de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Short stories published: “En aquel jardín de Rosas”, “Eres vital” y “Mi ancladero”, in the anthology book Al encuentro de todo (2011), prologue by Ángel Zapata.


New York Amsterdam News, 2012

“CUNY and Foreign Languages”

“Queens’ Colosseum Mall is still alive”

CUNY York College News, 2012-2013

“Are You Part of Romney’s 47 Percent?”

“Pope Benedict XVI Resigns”

“Fewer Young Women Having Children”

“Closing the Book on Traditional Reading”

“Pathways Follow- up: Foreign Language”


Yaisy Rodriguez also collaborated with the publication of the textbook Humanidades Hispánicas (2018) edited by Dr. Francisco Marcos-Marin. She Conducted an extensive formatting check to ensure the manuscript met the editorial style standards.

Courses Taught

Teaching Experience:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2018-Present

Currently teaching SPAN 203, an intermediate-level course. Also, taught SPAN 105- Spanish for High Beginners.

The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Teaching Assistant, 2016-2017

Taught the course “Elementary Spanish”. Fundamentals of Spanish and introduction to Hispanic culture with an emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing. Managed a large class size up to 30 students; composed exams graded all written work and determined final grades.