My personal experiences, studies, research, and teaching have opened doors for me to travel, meet interesting people of diverse backgrounds, and continue to learn and share knowledge.

I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and spent the majority of my formative years in Albuquerque. Growing up in the “Land of Enchantment” immersed in Indo-Hispanic cultures inspired me to pursue formal study of the unique languages, literatures, and cultures of Spain and Latin America. My studies at the undergraduate level in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and at the master’s level back in Albuquerque, New Mexico have allowed me to live for extended periods of time in Seville, Spain and Guadalajara, Mexico.

My doctoral studies brought me to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a wonderful cultural center and the largest French-speaking city in North America. After completing my Ph.D., I was thrilled to continue my research and teaching career in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Western.