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MemberDebra Faszer-McMahon

Dr. McMahon is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Seton Hill University. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature in 2006 from the University of California, Irvine, and she also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, an M.A. in English Literature, and an M.A. in the Teaching of Languages. Research interests include 20th and 21st Century Spanish Literature, Poetry, and Immigration. Her most recent book is titled Cultural Encounters in Contemporary Spain: The Poetry of Clara Janés (Bucknell 2010), and she has also published articles in Hispania, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, Letras Femeninas, and Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture. She has co-edited a volume entitled African Immigration in Contemporary Spanish Texts which will be published by Ashgate Press in 2015, and she is currently working on a manuscript about contemporary Spanish poetry written by Saharaui immigrants in Spain.She loves to travel and has lived in, traveled to, or taken students on trips to the following places: Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Morocco, India, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Germany.She is also living proof that it is never too late to learn a language! She did not begin studying Spanish until after graduating from college (she was an English Education Major), so she often tells students that her experience is proof that non-native speakers, even those beyond college age, can become experts in a foreign language.

MemberJill Robbins

Jill Robbins is Professor and Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Art at the University of California, Merced. She came to Merced after 8 years at The University of Texas at Austin and 10 years at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of two monographic books, Crossing Through Chueca: Lesbian Literary Culture in Queer Madrid (2011) and Frames of Referents: The Postmodern Poetry of Guillermo Carnero (1997); editor of the book, Perversions/Her versions: Critical Studies of Ana Rossetti (2004); co-editor with Roberta Johnson of Rethinking Spain from Across the Seas, a special issue of the journal Studies in XX/XXI Century Literature (2006); and co-editor, with Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo, of a special issue of Transmodernity about the Western Sahara (2015). She has published numerous articles and book chapters about poetry, film, narrative, celebrity activism, and the book industry.  She received a fellowship in December 2015 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a single-authored book about poetry, violence, and trauma in relation to the March 11, 2004 train bombings in Madrid, tentatively titled, “We Were All on those Trains: The Poetry of 11-M.”

MemberLaura E. Rotunno

I am at the beginning a new project that will examine female academics who are also athletes. I intend to study women from both the 21st and 19th centuries. I am interested in probing the cultural work done by these women and the response to them. My 19th century focus will be on British women; the 21st century focus could be global. My first book POSTAL PLOTS IN BRITISH FICTION 1840-1898: READDRESSING CORRESPONDENCE IN VICTORIAN CULTURE is due out from Palgrave, July 2013.