Curriculum vitae


2016 Ph.D. Romance Languages & Literatures - Spanish, University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill.

2008 M.A. Romance Studies - Spanish, Duke University.

2006 Spanish Secondary Teaching Credential, California State University, Los Angeles.

1998 B.A. Spanish and Italian with a special field in French, University of California, Los

1995 A.A. Liberal Studies, Mount San Antonio College.

Dissertation Title: The Theoretical and Practical Virtues in Francisco de Castilla’s Teórica de virtudes and
Práctica de las virtudes. Defended December 2015.

Advisor: Frank Domínguez

Dissertation Abstract: Francisco de Castilla’s (c.1480-c.1558) biography, which I update and
disentangle from similarly named individuals, and the history of his family are important in
determining whether he or they wrote a chronicle defending their ancestor, King Pedro I, while
using the name of a real, but dead, author. The information from this false chronicle is used in
Castilla’s poetry to connect his illegitimate line to that of the usurped king. The other chapters in my
study focus on the classical and medieval philosophy Castilla used to formulate his theories on the
virtues, the influence of Boethian imagery and thought on his poetry and an analysis of the practical
virtue that Charles V was meant to learn from this poetry. I have also prepared an annotated edition
of Castilla’s first two works to improve my readers’ access to these poems.


2015-2016 Spanish Lecturer, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

2011-2014 Spanish Instructor, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina.


“Francisco de Castilla, Boethius and the Search for True Happiness.” Calíope: Journal of the Society for
Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry. 23.1 (Spring 2018). Forthcoming.
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2015 Chancellor’s Doctoral Advancement Award, UNC-Chapel Hill.

2015 Buchan Excellence Fund Award, UNC-Chapel Hill. Awarded to conduct archival
research in Spain.

2010-2015 Department of Romance Studies Travel Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill. Received
four awards.

2013 Graduate and Professional Student Federation Travel Award, UNC-Chapel Hill.

2008-2009 North Carolina Minority Presence Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill.

2006-2008 Duke Endowment Fellowship, Duke University.


2016 “Francisco de Castilla, Boethius and the Search for True Happiness.” Renaissance
Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

2015 “Exemplarity and Exhortation in Práctica de las virtudes.” South Atlantic Modern
Language Association Conference, Durham, NC.

2014 “Diglossia and Dialogism in the (Un)written Treatise of La pícara Justina.”
Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky.

2013 “Of Witches and Wizards: Teaching La Celestina in the Age of Harry Potter.”
UCLA MEMSA Graduate Student Conference: Pedagogical Approaches to
Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

2013 “¿En qué, Calisto?: La ignorancia fingida en La Celestina,” Diálogos: The Tenth
Annual Graduate Research Conference of Spanish and Portuguese, Indiana

2010 “The Parody of the Book of Revelation in La Lozana andaluza,” Dominant
Discourses, Guarded Voices: Religion and Society in Spain and Its Empire 14th-16th
Centuries, Wake Forest University.

2010 “¿Hechos en qué imagen?: los cuerpos en La Celestina,” Bodies and Oddities,
Vanderbilt University.

2010 “La apropiación y valorización de la virgen mártir en el Romanticismo español,”
Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill.

2009 “Entre dicho y hecho: la performancia en los Naufragios y la Historia verdadera
de la conquista de la Nueva España,” Carolina Conference on Romance
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Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill.

University of Virginia

Intermediate Spanish I Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017
Grammar & Composition II Spring 2016

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Elementary Spanish I Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Elementary Spanish II Fall 2014
Hybrid Elementary Spanish II Spring 2015
Elementary Spanish I-II Fall 2009, Summer 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2012
Intermediate Spanish I Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013
Intermediate Spanish II Fall 2014

Elon University

Elementary Spanish I Fall 2011, Fall 2012
Elementary Spanish II Winter 2012, Spring 2014
Elementary Spanish I-II Fall 2013
Intermediate Spanish II Spring 2012
Spanish Composition Fall 2011
Spanish Conversation Fall 2013

Durham Technical Community College

Elementary Spanish I Summer 2012
Elementary Spanish II Summer 2013
Intermediate Spanish II Summer 2011
Spanish Reading & Composition Spring 2011, Spring 2013

High School Teaching

Spanish for Native Speakers I AY 2005-2006
Spanish for Native Speakers II AY 2004-2005
Elementary Spanish I AY 2004-2006

Other Teaching and Related Experience

AP Rater - Spanish Oral Exam, Educational Testing Service, Cincinnati, OH, 2013-present.
ESL and Spanish Instructor, CHICLE Language Institute, Carrboro, NC, 2009-2012.
ESL Instructor, Language Systems International, Los Angeles, CA, 2003-2004.
ESL Instructor, One World Language Institute, Seoul, South Korea, 2000-2003.
Sixth Grade Teacher, St. John the Baptist, Baldwin Park, CA, 1998-2000.
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Medieval Spanish Literature

Writing Characters: The Presence of the Autor in Prose and Poetry
Theology, Philosophy and the Limits of Exemplarity
Female Perfection and Deception from the Virgin to Celestina

Golden Age Spanish Literature

Hunger and Disillusionment in the Baroque Period
From Imitation to Obfuscation in Golden Age Poetry
Exemplarity in Cervantes


2007-2011 Editorial Assistant, La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and

2007 Conference Co-organizer, Insiders and Outsiders, the 5th Annual Romance
Studies Graduate Student Conference, Duke University.

2006 Romance Studies Representative, Graduate and Professional Student Council,
Duke University.


The Medieval Academy of America

Renaissance Society of America

Cervantes Society of America

Modern Language Association

South Atlantic Modern Language Association

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages


Spanish - Native and fluent in reading, writing and speaking.

Italian - Advanced reading, writing and speaking abilities.

French - Advanced reading, writing and speaking abilities.
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Portuguese - Advanced reading knowledge.
Latin - Elementary reading knowledge.

Korean - Conversational with elementary reading and writing knowledge.


United States and Mexico


Frank Domínguez, Professor
Department of Romance Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB 3170, 221 Dey Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-2211

Rosa Perelmuter, Professor
Department of Romance Studies
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB 3170, 226 Dey Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-2211

Emily Scida, Professor
Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
University of Virginia, New Cabell Hall 435, Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 924-4646