Among 2013 Ph.D. graduates were Ariane Ngabeu (pictured), Leslie Harkema, Alison Carberry and Peter Mahoney. Ngabeu directs Middlebury College’s C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Cameroon. Harkema is Assistant Professor of Spanish, Yale University; Carberry, Lecturer in Spanish at Boston University; and Mahoney, Assistant Professor of Spanish at Stonehill College.
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.
The Department of Romance Studies congratulates three of its graduate students: Megan Gibbons, who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Spanish at Glenville State College, in Glenville, West Virginia. Monica Simal will be Assistant Professor of Spanish at Providence College (Rhode Island), and Carolina Castillo Larrea has been appointed Lecturer at the University of Southern California.
Megan Gibbons’s interests include the Golden Age, theater, and gender studies, and she is in the final stages of a dissertation on 17th-century playright Ana Caro.
Monica Simal defended her dissertation in May 2011 on “The Writers of the ‘Mariel Generation’ and the Cuban Literacy Canon.”
For her dissertation, Carolina Castillo Larrea is preparing an edition of Juan de Segura’s Proceso de cartas de amores (1548)
Congratulations to Alina Peña Iguarán, graduate of our PhD program in Hispanic Studies, who has been awarded first prize in the Concurso Nacional de Ensayo Nellie Campobello. The prize, which is given on the occasion of the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, recognizes Peña Iguarán’s essay, “La revolución infantilizada”. Peña Igaurán lives in New York and teaches Spanish at Montclair State University. Her 2010 dissertation, “La auto-representación del intelectual en la narrativa de la Revolución mexicana” (2010) was directed by Adela Pineda Franco.