I am a 2004 graduate of the University of Kentucky, where I completed my doctoral work on feminist representations in Spanish monologue dramas. I also have a Graduate Certificate in Translation from the University of Louisville. I coordinate the translation coursework in the Undergraduate program at UK as well as the High Beginner and High Intermediate courses (SPA 103 and SPA 203). My current research interests include translation of Modern Peninsular drama and the development of new coursework in interpreting and an undergraduate certificate in Spanish/English Translation and Interpreting for students across disciplines.
My interest in Hispanic culture and language stems originally from my experience with high school Spanish class and grew as I was able to travel to many Spanish-speaking countries over the years. I attended the program for International Students at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid during my junior year of college, then joined the MA program here at UK in 2005. After teaching in the Modern Languages Department at my alma mater for a year, I traveled extensively through South America before returning to my studies for the PhD. I was invited to be the first Graduate Assistant to teach in the semester-long Segovia program with KIIS, and after completing the doctorate, served as the Academic Coordinator for UK for one year, 2004-2005. I returned to UK in 2009 and now feed the travel bug by presenting elements of my research on feminist theatre, gender and translation at various international conferences.
My research interests include translation studies, Twentieth-Century Peninsular Theatre, feminism and gender representations.