Since 1999 I have taught all levels of Spanish language, literature, and culture at Furman. I have directed Spanish study away programs to Costa Rica, Chile, and Spain and have traveled extensively through Mexico. My literary research centers on Mexican and Chilean poetry of the twentieth century. I have authored a book on poet José Emilio Pacheco, a Spanish conversation textbook and articles on Latin American poetry. I have also developed a number of different courses on the subject of food and cultural identity.

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  • Doble vía: Comunicación en español. (An Intermediate Spanish Conversation text). Ronald J. Friis and Tatiana Séeligman, Heinle Cengage Learning. First Edition, November, 2010.
  • José Emilio Pacheco and the Poets of the Shadows. Bucknell University Press, 2001.


  • "Una telaraña de constelaciones: Alberto Blanco's Poetry of Communion" Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea 53
  • "Poetic Sketching, Cubism and Synaesthesia in Homero Aridjis's Navegaciones'" Hispanic Journal, 31:2 (Fall, 2010): 97-108
  • "Conspicuous Consumption, Technology and Globalization: Life Aboard José Emilio Pacheco's Titanic" La Torre de la Univ. de Puerto Rico IX: 33, (2004): 435-46
  • "'The Fury and Mire of Human Veins': Frida Kahlo and Rosario Castellanos." Hispania 87.1 (March 2004): 53-61
  • "'Recibir con ambas mejillas': Rosario Castellanos's Painterly Discourse." South Carolina Modern Language Review 1 (Winter 2002) (;
  • "The Postmodern Twists of José Emilio Pacheco's No me preguntes cómo pasa el tiempo." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 34 (Winter 2000): 27-45
  • "A Comala of the Mind: José Emilio Pacheco's Early Theory of Influence." MIFLC Review 7 (October 1997-1998): 127-36;
  • "Vision of the Muse in Veinte poemas de amor and Canción de la verdad sencilla." Chasqui 23, 1 (May, 1994): 10-17;
  • "'Hoy ya no caemos en aquellos errores': Mimetic Violence and Transcendence in Buero Vallejo's El tragaluz." Romance Notes 34, 2 (1994): 203-10.
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