Spotlight on W&M Alumni Careers and the Hispanic Studies Major: MEDICINE

Philip Grotz, class of 2020

In this inaugural piece in our new Hispanic Studies series for Global Voices—“Spotlight on Alumni Careers and the Hispanic Studies Major”, we profile five of our alumni from graduating classes spanning an almost two decade period. All alumni are either practicing medical doctors, medical school students, or W&M graduates accepted into med school. All share… Read More

Summer ’20 Monroe Scholarship – Language learning through Bilingual Narratives

Irene Williams

Irene Williams, a Monroe scholar, will complete her research on Spanish-language learning through carefully cultivated dual Spanish-English stories, like Alice in Wonderland. She is working with Dr. Rachel Varra (Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures and Linguistics Program).

Summer ’20 Student research – Ixil speakers

Sydney Hamrick

Sydney Hamrick will conduct research this summer on an indigenous language of Guatamala: Ixil (pronounced: “ee-sheel”). She is working with Dr. Rachel Varra (Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures and Linguistics Program).

Student research – Inclusive language at W&M and in the community

Cristina Sherer will conduct research this summer on the use of inclusive language in the W&M community and among Spanish-speakers in Virginia. She is working with Dr. Rachel Varra (HISP and Linguistics) and Dr. Victoria Castillo (GSWS).

Alum Adventures – Peter Jones (class of 2019)

Peter Jones ('19)

Peter Jones (William & Mary ’19, B.A. Sociology, Hispanic Studies) began a teacher training program with Urban Teachers in Washington D.C. this year. He writes, “Right now I’m working with a residency teacher-training program called Urban Teachers (UT) in Washington D.C. The goal of UT is to train highly effective and culturally competent teachers in hopes of… Read More

Student Research – Max Minogue

Max Minogue ('21)

Max Minogue (Class of 2021) returned from his semester study abroad program in La Plata, Argentina in late March due to COVID-19. Fortunately he has been able to continue with his coursework there remotely and is now beginning his summer Monroe research project related to the last Argentine dictatorship. He will spend the summer working… Read More

Hispanic Studies Alum Ola Pozor

Ola Pozor ('19) in Spain

After graduating from W&M, Ola Pozor (Hispanic Studies & Government double major, Class of 2019) has taken residence in “maravillosa (lluviosa) Galicia”, where she works as an Auxiliar de Conversación (Conversational Partner) for children in grades 2 to 6. She helps in their English, art and physical education classes, where she shares American culture with… Read More

Graduating Senior Awards – Outstanding Achievement Award in Hispanic Studies

Becca Paulisch

This year’s MLL Outstanding Achievement Award in Hispanic Studies is awarded to Rebecca Paulisch and Johanna Weech. This award acknowledges an outstanding graduating Hispanic Studies major with a strong record of achievements in the program. Rebecca served as a mentored undergraduate research assistant to HISP faculty, and managed to combine her literary and cultural interests… Read More

Graduating Senior Awards – Howard M Fraser Award

Foto - Philip Grotz

The Howard M. Fraser Award has been awarded to Philip Grotz. The award is in memory of Prof. Howard Fraser, a distinguished specialist in Latin American Literature and culture and is given to a graduating Hispanic Studies major who has made significant achievements in research and service. While studying abroad in Cádiz, Spain, Philip researched… Read More

Graduating Senior Awards – Merritt Cox

Sabina Valery ('20)

The Merritt Cox Award has been awarded to Sabina Valery and Caitlyn Whitesell. This award commemorates Prof. Merritt Cox, a distinguished specialist in 18th century Spain. It is awarded to a graduating Hispanic Studies major who has achieved an outstanding level of academic excellence in Hispanic Studies, and will pursue a graduate degree in the… Read More

PBK initiates from Hispanic Studies

Joel Calfee ('20)

Joel Calfee, Abby Peterson and Caitlyn Whitesell were recently elected to become members of Phi Beta Kappa. The Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest honor society, founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. Joel is majoring in English and Hispanic Studies. Abby is in the 5-year BA/MA degree program in Education… Read More

Cross-disciplinary Panel on the Novel “American Dirt”

'American Dirt' Panel, February 12, 2020

On Wednesday, February 12, Prof. Mariana Melo-Vega and Prof. John Riofrío attended a cross-disciplinary panel about the controversy surrounding the recent novel American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. The panel was organized by Prof. Katherine Barko-Alva (School of Education); other participants included Prof. Erin Webster (English) and Prof. Jonathan Branfman (Film & Media Studies/Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies)…. Read More

“One Border, Two Walls”: Visiting Assistant Professor Cantarello on his experience at the U.S.-Mexico boarder

Landscape of the US-Mexico border

Dr. Matteo Cantarello, a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Hispanic Studies program, recently published an account of his experiences on the US-Mexico border trip in August 2019. For the last decade, several HISP professors have participated in this study away initiative that takes W&M students to the US-Mexico border to witness and analyze issues pertaining to global migration… Read More

W&M Graduate and student of Spanish pays it forward

Lamar Shambley (class of 2010) and founder of Teens of Color Abroad

  Lamar Shambley (’10) founded Teens of Color Abroad which helps students of color in high school study abroad. See the full story here.

Meet Six Hispanic Studies Majors Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

2019 PBK initiates

During the American Revolution, five students at the College of William & Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa.  They believed that a new nation required new institutions – cultural as well as political – and they were committed to intellectual fellowship shaped by the values of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience, and creative endeavor…. Read More

Welcome Dr. Julia de Leon Hernandez!

Dr. Julia de Leon Hernandez

Dr Julia de Leon Hernandez recently joined the faculty of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. We are so pleased to have her!         How was your first semester at William & Mary? Excellent. I have felt very welcomed and part of a community since day one. My… Read More

Welcome to Dr. Andrea Gaytán Cuesta!

Dr. Andrea Gaytán Cuesta

Hispanic Studies welcomes Dr Andrea Gaytán Cuesta, who recently (re)joined the W&M community as a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. We interviewed Dr. Gaytán Cuesta about her first semester back with us!     What is the focus of your research? What projects are you working on right now? In my… Read More

Donor Generosity Helps Get the Word Out about Hispanic Studies: Meet Hayes!

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Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Hispanic Studies has a new media intern! Meet Hayes Pearce, who maintains our Instagram account, interacts with clubs and organizations on campus, and promotes events sponsored by Modern Languages and Literatures and other departments by keeping the HISP community up to date and sharing our news and accomplishments! Check out… Read More

Rising Seniors with Highest GPAs Win J. Worth Banner Award

Kiera McKay (L), Carrington Metts (R)

This year’s J Worth Banner Award has awarded to Carrington Metts and Kiera McKay. Professor Banner was a well-liked Spanish professor at W&M and a respected Chair of Modern Languages & Literatures for many years. In the past, this generous award has helped support the recipient’s pre-honors research, international travel, or participation in study abroad programs…. Read More

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