PhD in Spanish Literature. ABD. Purdue University. West Lafayette, IN. Expected May 2020.
Dissertation: “El microrrelato: Flash Fiction and the Neurohumanities
MA in Spanish. Specialty in Prose Literature. Saint Louis University. Madrid, Spain. 2015.
BA in Spanish. Specialty in Latin American and Literature and Cultures. The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH. 2012.
Awards and Recognition
Bilsland Fellow for Outstanding Dissertation, Purdue University, 2019-2020
Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Teaching, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University, 2019
Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Teaching, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University, 2018
President, Graduate Student Committee, 2017-2018.
Ross Fellow for Outstanding PhD Student, Purdue University, 2015-2016.
Fellowships and Grants
Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship ($20,000). Purdue University. 2019-2020.
SLC Travel Grant ($1331) for domestic conference travel. School of Languages and Cultures. 2019.
PROMISE Travel Grant ($750) for domestic conference travel. Purdue University. 2019.
Professionalism Grant for podcast development. Purdue Graduate Student Government. 2018.
PROMISE Travel Grant ($1500) for international conference travel. Purdue University. 2018
Summer Course Design Grant ($750) for course design materials. Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University. 2018.
Purdue Research Foundation Summer Grant ($3550) for independent research. Purdue University. 2018.
PROMISE Travel Grant ($750) for domestic conference travel. Purdue University, 2017.
PROMISE Travel Grant ($1500) for international conference travel. Purdue University. 2016.
Ross Fellowship ($17,000). Purdue University. 2015-2016.
"A Cognitive Approach to Sinister, Very Short Fiction in Casa de muñecas." Spanish and Portuguese Review 3 (2017), pp. 87-98. [https://spanportreview.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/9-gabbard-vol-31.pdf]
“'Yo no puedo más': el cansado y deprimido caballero de la Mancha". Actas Electrónicas del Sexto Simposio Anual de Español. Madrid. 2016. [https://www.slu.edu/Documents/Madrid/academics/conferences/actas-6-simposio.pdf] ISSN 2530-5417.
“Narrative and the Brain: Human Cognition Approach to Teaching Foreign Language Literature”. Conference Proceedings INTED Valencia. 2016. doi. 0.21125/inted.2016.1728
Conference & Symposia Presentations
“Developing Empathy in the L2 Literature Classroom.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Irvine, CA.
"Feeling Wrinkles: Embodied Cognition and the Graphic Novel." Cincinnati Conference on Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures, Cincinnati, Ohio.
"The Landscapes of La Mancha: Autopoietic Madness and Enactive Cognition in Don Quijote." Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Toronto, Canada.
“What is it like to be a snake? Reader, Empathy, and Psychological Distance in Quiroga’s ‘Anaconda’.” Purdue Linguistics, Literature, and Second Language Studies Conference. West Lafayette, IN.
"Cárcel de amor: Is the Author in love with Laureola?" Midwestern Modern Languages Association, Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Embodied Cognition in Miguel de Unamuno’s Niebla." Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky. (April)
“A Cognitive Approach to Sinister, Very Short Fiction in Casa de muñecas.” Carolina Conference in Romance Studies, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (March)
“’Yo no puedo más’: el cansado y deprimido caballero de la Mancha" 6º Anual Simposio de Español, Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain. (March)
“Narrative and the Brain: Human Cognition Approach to Teaching". INTED Valencia 2016, Valencia, Spain. (March)
“Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino dento de la obra El árbol de la ciencia”4º Anual Simposio de Español, Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain. (April)
Works in Progress
Empirical Research and Experiments
“Primed for Reading: Thematic Suggestion and Microrrelatos.” Currently in data analysis phase.
“The Effects of Studying L2 Literature on Students’ Theory of Mind.” Second round of data collection phase through Fall 2019.
“Embodied Cognition and Conceptual Metaphors in the Graphic Novel Arrugas.”
“Don Quijote de Vallecas: La normalización de lo absurdo en la cultura española”
SAFE Zone Training, Workshop, LGBTQ Center, Purdue University, 2018.
Summer Course Design Institute, Multi-day intensive workshop, Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University. 2018.
Grant Writing, Workshop, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University. 2018.
Teaching for Inclusiveness, Workshop, Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University. 2018.
Teaching College Spanish, Semester-long course, Purdue University. 2015.
Teaching for Diversity, Workshop, Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University. 2015.
Teaching Spanish Phonetics and Phonology, Semester-length course, Saint Louis University. 2014.
Service to the Department
Recruiter/Promotion Volunteer, Purdue Spring Fest, March 2018
Invited talk, "Cognition and microrrelatos," Graduate-level course on literary criticism, Nov. 2017.
Tutor, Weekly Portuguese Language Coffee Hour, 2016-present
Tutor, Weekly Spanish Language Coffee Hour, 2015-present
Service to the University or School
President, Graduate Student Committee, 2017-2018
Webmaster, Graduate Student Committee, 2017-2018
Service to the Field
Book review, List Cultures: Knowledge and Poetics from Mesopotamia to BuzzFeed. Liam Young, Amsterdam UP. In Configurations, in press.
Editorial proofreader, Purdue Studies in Romance Languages, Purdue University.
Graduate Student Liason, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Creator, producer, host, "Fiction on the Mind" podcast, 2018- present
Discussion Leader, Cognitive Literary Studies Reading Group, Purdue University, 2017-present
Abstract Reviewer, Purdue Language, Literature, and Second Language Studies Conference, 2017-18
Volunteer, Purdue Language, Literature, and Second Language Studies Conference, 2017-18
Abstract Reviewer, Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference, 2016-17
Volunteer, Purdue Languages and Cultures Conference, 2016-17
Editorial proofreader, Drug Delivery: Fundamentals and Applications. 2nd ed. Francis & Taylor. 2015. Unpublished translation for
Graduate Teaching Assistant Purdue University, West Lafayette. 2016-2019
Introduction to Hispanic Film MOOC, Spring 2018
Spanish Level I (Spanish 102): Fall 2016, Spring 2017
Spanish Level III (Spanish 201): Spring 2016
Spanish Level VI (Spanish 302): Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Spanish 241): Upcoming Fall 2018
Adjunct Faculty in Spanish, Ivy Tech Community College, Crawfordsville, IN. 2018
English as a Second Language Instructor, CESIF, Madrid. 2014-2015.
Primary Instructor: Business English for Science Professions, B2 Level
English as a Second Language Volunteer Co-Instructor, Saint Louis University, Madrid. 2012-2014.
Beginner ESL: Fall 2012, Spring
Lower Intermediate ESL: Fall
Advanced ESL: Spring 2014, Fall 2014
Spanish Teaching Assistant, Saint Louis University, Madrid. 2012-2014
Online Spanish Level1: Fall 2012
Advanced Oral Communication: Spring 2014
Experience in Digital Education
Two-Way Live Streaming as Virtual Professor to Virtual Students, Ivy Tech Community College, Fall 2018-present.
Hispanic Film MOOC online moderator/discussion leader, Spring 2018-present.
TA for Online Spanish Level 1 for School of Professional Studies, Saint Louis University, Fall 2012
LMS and Platform Expertise
Perusall - successful integration with Blackboard while at Purdue University.
Cascade - webmaster for the School of Languages and Cultures Graduate Student Committee.
Translation. 2017. Martín Rodriguez, María, M.ª D. González Rivera , A. Campos Izquierdo, D. del Hierro Pinés and J.E. Jiménez-Beatty Navarro."Expectations by the Latent Demand of Physical Activity of Older Women and Men in Spain" (Org. "Expectativas en la demanda latente de actividad física de las mujeres y hombres mayores en España". CCD 15 6(5): 141-50. Unpublished translation for research in cardiology.
American Sign Language, intermediate
Latin, can read with a dictionary