I began teaching Spanish and Latin American Studies at Furman University
in the fall of 2001. I have a bachelor of Arts from the University of
Colorado in French and Spanish from 1996 and
a PhD. from Cornell University in Hispanic Studies in 2001. My specialty
is Latin American Literature, with an emphasis on Mexican literature
and Latino literature. My research interests are Mexican historical
novels and Mexican American Literature. My most
current publications are on the use of popular culture and the internet
in Michele Serros’s How to be A Chicana Role Model and on the role of
friendship and exile in Silvia Molina’s En silencio, la lluvia. I am
currently working on Elena Garro’s short stories.
I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. I grew up speaking Spanish
at home and traveling to Mexico every summer to visit my mother's
family. After I graduated from high school l spent a year living in
Aix-les-Bains, France where I lived with three different
French families and studied at a public high school. While in college at
the University of Colorado I spent a semester in Santiago de
Compostela, Spain. I have lead study abroad programs to Costa Rica,
Spain, Cuba, and Chile.
I am married to Anthony Tiberia and we have two young children,
Sebastian and Ana Sofia. I enjoy telling my students about my adventures
with my mischievous children and I often use stories about my immediate
and extended family to teach language and culture.