Spanish Faculty


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Rebecca Stephanis
Assistant Professor; Department Chair

Department of Modern Languages
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 045
Spokane, WA 99258-0045

Phone: 313-3644

Office Location
CG 435-B

Office Hours

MW 1:00-3:00

Professor Stephanis received her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Cultures from Princeton University in 2008. She also holds a Masters in Education from Stanford University, and a Masters in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. She did her undergraduate work in Diplomacy and World Affairs, Russian, and Economics and Occidental College. Her current research interests include issues of Nation-building, particularily in Argentina, and how this process is reflected in the photographic image as well as film. She also is interested in comtemporary Cuban film. In her free time, Professor Stephanis enjoys coaching adults in personal potential training, taking walks with her family in Liberty Lake and Coeur d'Alene, reading, and traveling.

 
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Luis Garcia-Torvisco
Associate Professor, Director Spanish Program

Department of Modern Languages
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 046
Spokane, WA 99258-0045

Phone: 3647

Office Location
E. 511 Sharp Room 205

Office Hours

Office Hours:
M 10:00-10:50; MWF 12:50-2:00
& by appointment

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Professor Garcia-Torvisco earned a BA degree in Hispanic Philology (University Autonoma, Madrid, Spain) and a Certificate in English Studies (Coventry University, UK). He did his graduate studies at Georgetown University, where he received a PhD with distinction on Spanish and Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies. He has taught at Georgetown University and George Washington University, both in Washington D.C. Currently working at Gonzaga University as an Associate Professor, he teaches classes on Spanish writing and advanced grammar, Spanish film history, contemporary Spanish literature, and Spanish culture. Prof. Garcia-Torvisco's research interests include contemporary Spanish Literature, Spanish cinema, and Spanish popular culture from the democratic period. He has published several articles on these topics, and has lectured extensively on a variety of subjects related to Spanish and Latin American literature, movies, and culture.  He is currently working on a monograph on popular culture of the last 40 years in Spain. He has been the appointed director of the Cuernavaca (Mexico) summer program since 2007, and has served as Visiting Faculty Member for the ILACA (Independent Liberal Art Colleges Abroad) in Granada (Spain). He enjoys music, literature, movies, concerts, and coffee shops.

 
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Martha Gonzales

Associate Professor

Department of Modern Languages
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 045
Spokane, WA 99258-0046

Phone: 313-6723
Fax: (509)-313-5718

Office Location
E. 511 Sharp Rm 101

Office Hours

ON SABBATICAL

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Professor Gonzales earned a BA in Education with a Minor in English; she has an MA and PhD from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She has achieved TESOL Language Proficiency. She taught speech pathology in Lima, Peru and is a member of Feministas Unidas, a Canadian Association of Hispanics. Professor Gonzales is also a member of  the Modern Language Association and The Hispanic Association of Women. She is also a member of St. Joseph's Hispanic Community. She has published "La Evolucion de La Conciencia Feminina A Traves de Las Novelas de Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, Soledad Acosta de Samper y Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera", with six articles published in Texto Critico, Revista Mexicana de Literatura, Chasqui, Letras Femeninas. Her work on women's literature, Second book on Marcela Serano's Novels, is currently being edited for publication.

 
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Rebecca Marquis
Assistant Professor

Department of Modern Languages
Gonzaga University E. 502 Boone Ave.
AD Box 045
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: (509) 313-5583

Office Location
CG 336

Office Hours
MWF 2:00 to 3:30 
& by appointment

Professor Marquis received her Ph.D. in Hispanic literatures from Indiana University at Bloomington in 2006.  She also holds an M.A. in Luso-Brazilian literature from Indiana University.  She has taught classes ranging from Spanish and Portuguese language courses to contemporary Latin American literature classes.  Her current research explores confessional narratives of twentieth-century women writers and its intersection with diaspora.  She is also interested in Jewish Latin American literature, specifically how Jewish mysticism informs writing about identity and diaspora in the Americas.  In her free time, Professor Marquis enjoys spending time with her family exploring eastern Washington and, of course, reading!

 
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Stefania Nedderman

Associate Professor, Director Italian Program

Department of Modern Languages
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 046
Spokane, WA 99258-0046

Phone: 313-3603

Office Location
CG 342

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday 10:00-11:00; 1:00-2:00
& by appointment

Born in Sossano (Vi), Italy, Professor Nedderman transferred to the U.S. in 1978. She received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Oregon in 1993. Before joining the Modern Languages Department at GU in 1995, she was the supervisor for all first year Spanish courses at the University of Oregon. She also taught for one year at the University of South Dakota. Her areas of interest are Spanish and Italian Renaissance and Baroque Literature. She has delivered several papers on the subject. Her research interest extends to Modern Italian writers. Her article "Trascolorare. Metamorphoses in Rosetta Loy's Le Strade di polvere" appears in Gendering Italian Fiction: Feminist Revisions of Italian History. Her current research focuses on Early Modern Spanish mystics. She has directed both the Cuernavaca and Granada programs and is serving on the Women's Studies Advisory Board.

 
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Diane Birginal

Senior Lecturer

Department of Modern Languages
502 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 045
Spokane, WA 99258-0044

Phone: 313-3959

Office Location
E. 511 Sharp Ave. Room 103

Office Hours
M 1:00 - 2:00
T  11:00 - 12:00
W 12:30-1:30
R  9:30-10:30
& by appointment

Diane Birginal received her B.A. in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1988. After living in Salamanca, Spain, for two years, she returned to the U.S. and began work on her graduate degree. She obtained an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics, with an emphasis in translation theory, from Arizona State University in 1995. She has worked in the field of international educational exchange, both with U.S. students studying abroad and with international students studying in the U.S. She also has experience as a freelance translator. Ms. Birginal has been teaching Spanish at the university level since 1996; she joined the Gonzaga University faculty in 2001.

 
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Kelley Bishop
Lecturer

Modern Languages E. 502 Boone Ave
AD Box 044
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-6727

Office Location
CG 331

Office Hours
TW 10:00-11:00
& by appointment


Kelly Bishop did her undergraduate work in Psychology at Clemson University, during which time she had the opportunity to study abroad at Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile. After earning her BA, she returned to Chile to teach English and volunteer at a human rights organization. She went on to complete her MA in Spanish at North Carolina State University and has published an article on sociolinguistic variation of Chilean Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, reading, and traveling. A Colorado native, Kelley loves the outdoors - especially hiking and camping.

 
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Luciana Izon
Adjunct

Gonzaga University Dept. of Modern Languages E. 502 Boone Ave.
AD Box 44
Spokane, WA 99258

Phone: 313-6727

Office Location
CG 331

Office Hours

W 11:30-12:30
F 11:00-12:00
& by appointment

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luciana Z. Izón received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Latin American Studies with a minor in Anthropology from Boston University in 2002. In 2005, she completed her Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She later lived in the Southwest, where she taught Spanish while doing graduate work in political science at the University of New Mexico. Before moving to Eastern Washington, Luciana worked as a research scientist at the Center for Development and Disability at UNM, where she conducted statistical analyses. In her free time, Luciana enjoys cooking for her family, reading, spinning and listening to music.