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What was your previous position and where?Before I came to LSU, I was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
What brought you to LSU?The opportunity to teach at the flagship university of Louisiana, and the diversity of the students and faculty in my area of teaching.
What is your research interest?I am interested in the study of Spanish-American colonial texts and postcolonial theory and, in particular, issues of memory, history, identity and indigeneity.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I will continue doing my research on the issues that are interesting to me, disseminate the topics that I research and my own research through my teaching, lectures and thesis and dissertation direction. As director of the Hispanic program, I hope to continue working to make both the Spanish undergraduate and graduate programs better, and increase the visibility of the program and the excellent work of our faculty as teachers and researchers.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?I enjoy being able to teach a variety of classes in my area of expertise, work with students and help them to develop their ideas and their own careers.
What are your major accomplishments?My research and publications have made an impact in Spanish-American colonial studies, and I am considered a national and international authority in Andean studies. In teaching, I have changed the way students think about issues of colonialism, conquest and colonial texts. As administrator, I am happy that the use of Spanish is increasing and we have a strong undergraduate Spanish program, and an interdisciplinary master's program in Hispanic studies.