Spanish Graduate Faculty
Lourdes Albuixech received her Ph.D from U.C. Riverside in 1997. A native of Spain, Dr, Albuixech specializes in Spanish Literature of the Middle Ages (especially Late Middle Ages), the Early Modern period, and in Spanish Women Writers. Her research has focused on topics such as sentimental romance, pastoral romance, Cervantine art, Golden Age drama, and early modern Spanish literature in general, and she has published in journals such as Anales cervantinos, Celestinesca, and Bulletin of the Comediantes. More recently her areas of interest have expanded to include translation studies. Here at SIUC Dr. Albuixech teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish language, literature, culture, and translation.
Alejandro Cáceres received his Ph.D from Indiana University. A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Dr. Cáceres specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American literature and culture, with a special emphasis on Latin American poetry (modernismo). The first to translate the poems of the Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini into English in his Selected Poetry of Delmira: Poetics of Eros (Sothern Illinois UP, 2008), his most recent publication is Delmira Agustini, Poesías completas (Ediciones de la Plaza, 2015), which includes a biography of the author, literary analysis of the poems, and artwork by Agustini never before published. Here at SIU, Dr. Cáceres teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in Spanish language, and modern and contemporary Latin American literature, film, and culture.
Itxaso Rodríguez-Ordóñez received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Her research focuses the mechanisms that emerge in contact situations that lead to typologically common and uncommon linguistic patterns. Her work on contact-induced linguistic phenomena falls within the intersection between sociolinguistics, typology, and language acquisition. Additionally, she incorporates linguistic attitudes and ideologies to explain mechanisms of contact-induced change. Most of her work pertains to the Basque-Spanish contact situation in Spain. She has done work on the acquisition of Basque ergativity and contact effects in Basque subject pronoun expression and pitch-accents in Gernika Basque. More recently, she has also focused on contact effects in the Linguistic Landscapes of Spanish and English in Pilsen, Chicago.
Dr. Jennifer Smith received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University in 2005. Her main areas of research are late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Spanish literature and culture, with special focuses on the intersections of gender, race, and class, and the Spanish Civil War. Most recently she has begun examining literary and non-literary narratives of twentieth-century revolution and politicide in both Spain and Latin America. In addition to two co-edited volumes --Modern Spanish Women as Agents of Change (Bucknell UP, 2018) and Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Nation in Fin-de-Siècle Spanish Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2017) -- and a bilingual edition of Emilia Pardo Bazán's Insolación (Cervantes & Co., 2011), Professor Smith has published articles in journals such as Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, and Anales Galdosianos. Here at SIU, Dr. Smith teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish and Latin American literature, film, and culture.