Hispanic Studies Program Faculty | LSU Foreign Languages and Literatures

Hispanic Studies Program Faculty


Elena Castro, Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2001
Twentieth and twenty-first century Spanish Peninsular Poetry and Poetics, gender and sexuality, women studies. Twentieth and twenty-first century Spanish Peninsular Literatures, Cultural Studies and Interdisciplinary approaches to Hispanic Literatures. Contemporary Latin American Poetry and Poetics

Alejandro Cortazar, Associate Professor 
Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 1997
Literature and culture of Mexico; nation building and cultural identity formation in nineteenth-century Spanish America; Hispanic women writers

Christian Fernández-Palacios, Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies Director, and Associate Department Chair 
Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1999
Colonial Latin American studies, Latin American narratives, Cultural theory, post-Colonial studies, transatlantic and comparative studies

Dorota Heneghan, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2008
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Spanish Peninsular Literature and Culture, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern Spanish Culture, Comparative Literature, Contemporary Spanish Women Writers, Women and Gender Studies, Transatlantic Studies, Art History

Jeremy King, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
Spanish Linguistics, Pragmatics, Historical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics

Laura Martins, Professor
Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park, 1996
Contemporary Latin American literature and film; Luis Buñuel’s works; cinema and human rights in Argentina, cinema and labor, cinema and visual arts, the poetry-film nexus; neoliberal culture in Latin America. 

Carmela Mattza, Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2009
Romance Languages and Literatures

Andrea Morris, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Washington University, 2003
20th century literature and culture of the Hispanic Caribbean and Central America, Afro-Hispanic literature, cultural studies

Rafael Orozco, Professor and Department Chair 
Ph.D., New York University, 2004
Spanish in the United States, Latin American Spanish, Sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, bilingualism, Colombian Spanish

Aaron Yamada, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 2019
Spanish Lingusitics, Designated Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition


Juan Acevedo Fontecha, Instructor

M.A., Illinois State University, 2020

Kim Breaux, Distinguished Instructor

M.A., Louisiana State University, 1995

Nohora Byrd, Senior Instructor
M.A., Louisiana State University, 1999

Rebecca Carrero Figueroa, Instructor
Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 2021

Martha Flores, Instructor

M.A., Georgia Southern, 2022

Matthew Freeman, Instructor
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2019 

Raul Gamboa Garcia, Instructor

Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 2023

Maria Garcia de la Torre, Instructor
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2019

Kassandra Gonzalez Ramos, Instructor

M.A., Louisiana State University, 2023

Dasny Hunt, Instructor

M.A., Georgia Southern University

Nancy Laguna Luque, Instructor

Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Sheldon Lotten, Distinguished Instructor
M.A., Middlebury College, 1981

Eliana Maldonado Cano, Instructor 

Ph.D., Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, 2021

Isabel Mancilla, Adjunct Instructor 

Ph.D., Università degli Studi di Macerata, Macerata, Italy, 2001

Edgar Martinez Hernandez, Instructor
M.A., University of Missouri, 2018

Isabel Matus, Distinguished Instructor 
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2003

Julio Molinete, Instructor

Ph.D., University of Houston, 2023

Jason Priddle, Adjunct Instructor

M.A., Florida State University, 2011

Jose Rojas, Instructor

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 2020

Claudia Alejandra Sanford Galindo, Instructor

Ph.D., New Mexico State University, 2021

Carmen Pierson, Instructor

M.A., Georgia Southern University, 2020

Liliana Socorro Naranjo, Instructor
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2020

Carol Stumpf, Instructor

M.A., University of New Orleans, 2010

Sarah Sullivan, Instructor
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2010

Latasha Valenzuela Hernandez, Instructor
M.A., Louisiana State University, 2021
M.A., University of Phoenix, 2012

Allison White, Instructor
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2017