Prof. Bishop has worked and taught for almost 10 years in Latin America: 2 years in graduate studies in Costa Rica, 2 years in Colombia, 4 years in Chile during the Pinochet military dictatorship years, 3 months in Peru and 2 years in the Bronx. Prior to the University of Pennsylvania he taught at Princeton University, Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey.
Reyes Caballo-Márquez, Coordinator of Spanish Intermediate
Reyes Caballo-Márquez grew up in Seville, Spain. She studied English Philology at the University of Seville. She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish from Georgetown University. During her doctorate, her focus of study was Contemporary Latin American Literature, Cultural Studies, and Film. Her dissertation explored the effects of globalization on social cinema through the study of corporeality. She is currently working on expanding her research on globalization and social cinema, new filmic technologies, and the materiality of film. Reyes has taught Spanish language and content courses at the university level since 2000.
Mª Victoria García Serrano, Senior Lecturer in Foreign Languages; Co-director of the Spanish Language Program; Coordinator of Spanish 202
Prof. García Serrano (Conquista de la Sierra, Spain) studied Hispanic Philology-Linguistics at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. She received her Ph.D. in Contemporary Latin American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her doctoral dissertation she analyzed the interplay between orality and writing in Tres tristes tigres by Guillermo Cabrera Infante. Since then she has devoted most of her research efforts to the study of contemporary Hispanic women’s narrative. Her more recent publications have focused on depictions of women suffering from mental illnesses. Another interest of hers is theoretical approaches to the teaching of foreign languages and cultures. She is the co-author of a post-intermediate Spanish textbook.
Linda L. Grabner, Lecturer in Foreign Languages
Prof. Grabner earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from The Ohio State University in 1985. After several years away from academia, she obtained her master’s degree in 1995, also at The Ohio State University, where she specialized in Latin American literature and culture and Hispanic linguistics. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. She has taught Spanish language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania, the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California, the University of Michigan, and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Prof. Grabner's research interests involve nationalism and the construction of national identities, women’s issues, and indigenous issues, in particular of the Andean region. Her research to date has focused on the changing perceptions (or not) of “lo femenino” in Andean society over time, and the representation of women and indigenous peoples in the construction of a Peruvian national identity.
She is currently working on a book on the latter topic.
Helen Webb, Lecturer in Foreign Languages
Prof. Webb specializes in Latin American cultural studies and in foreign, second, and native language acquisition with an interest in the effective use of authentic materials of various genres in language acquisition. Her publications include recent review essays in Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies and a methodology for foundation study in foreign language in Hispania; at the same time her publications vary in type, including a bilingual Chamber of Commerce funded city directory for new Spanish-speaking residents. Active professionally, she has served as a state foreign language association president, a regional foreign language association vice-president, and a national conference committee chair, given numerous papers in Mexico, Britain, and Europe and in national conferences of ACTFL, AATSP, the OAH, and LASA, and evaluated university study abroad education. During 2005-2006, she was a Fulbright Lecturer in Mexico, where she conducted a series of seminars for standing faculty in modern languages at the University of Guadalajara. In 2004 she served as an international observer of the presidential recall referendum process in Venezuela and in 2002 she participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute focused on the literary work of Jose Marti, conducted in Florida and Cuba, where she studied for a part of the session at the Centro de Estudios Martianos in Havana. Before turning to foreign language education, she had an earlier academic career in industrial training and education, particularly in automotive, and served as chapter board chair for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.