News of Recent PhD Graduates
Two students in Hispanic Studies successfully defended their doctoral dissertations in September 2012. Peter J. Mahoney submitted “The Seven Knights of Lara: Annotated Translation and Study,” (directed by Irene Zaderenko), the first translation into English of this medieval Spanish text. Leslie J. Harkema wrote on “Youth as Ideoclasm: Miguel de Unamuno and ‘La Joven Literatura'” (directed by Christopher Maurer).
On taking up faculty positions–Leslie Harkema in Yale University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Peter Mahoney at his alma mater, Stone Hill College–these two recent graduates kept up a Department tradition of successful placement of PhDs and ABDs.
Among 2012 Hispanic Studies graduates, Monica Simal is Assistant Professor at Providence College where she joins Edgar Mejía (1999), a tenured Associate Professor at the same institution. Megan Gibbons is an Assistant Professor at Glenville State College. Catalina Donoso, winner of a recent Fondecyt research fellowship, holds a full-time faculty position at the Instituto de Comunicación e Imagen, Universidad de Chile. Isabel Castro is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of the Holy Cross. This was also a good year for some of our older graduates: Guillermo Espinosa (2008) was honored by the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas for his 2011 book La sonrisa de la desilusión.
Among recent graduates in French, Courtney Wells (2010) is an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Hobart and William Smith College.