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Fernando Gomez

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages-Spanish, Chair of Latin American Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7503

fgomez@​knox.edu

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Meet the Latin American Studies Faculty

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7503

fgomez@knox.edu

"In my research I enjoy investigating the diverse ways authors have depicted the human experience over the centuries. Specifically, I have analyzed the evolution of certain representations of death and the afterlife, the world as a stage, life as a pilgrimage, love, free-will, and the possibilities / limits of human knowledge. In the classroom, I hope to foster an appreciation of what an important role the medium of literature plays in our lives and how it provides a space in which we can imagine, hypothesize, and negotiate such enigmatic issues as these in a way other mediums cannot."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7138

kkampwir@knox.edu

"Throughout my career, I have been interested in people's attempts to radically transform their societies, why those attempts sometimes succeed, and what impact participating in such movements has on the participants."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7382

cdenial@knox.edu

"My research focuses on marriage in Minnesota before 1850, particularly as a means of understanding gender, sexuality, race and nation-building in the region. Marriages of all kinds, and the households that marriages created, were inextricably bound up with questions of nation and identity for the Dakota, the Ojibwe, mixed-heritage individuals, and Americans who interacted in the Upper Midwest. Through the stories of married - and divorcing - men and women in the region, we can trace the uneven fortunes of American expansion in the early nineteenth century, and the nation-shaping power of marital acts."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7239

jdixon@knox.edu

"My current research focuses on Cuban underground hip-hop as a platform for cultural expression and cultural revolution in contemporary Cuban society."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7300

tfoster@knox.edu

"Questions of the power to speak, on a variety of levels, greatly interest me. As a teacher of the Spanish language, I try to provide not only the necessary grammatical skills for interpersonal communication but also a contextual understanding of a vibrant, living language. By teaching a foreign language, I can provide students both with a knowledge of those unlike themselves and the power to speak to, understand and access areas of knowledge unavailable to monolinguals."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7415

whope@knox.edu

"I have long been captivated with the presence of sound in people's senses of self, of space, and of place. I am especially interested in the rhythms of everyday life and the rich diversity with which people around the world employ sound to bring bodies to move in sync; be it on the dance floor, to performing religious and civic rituals, to marching in mass political demonstrations. My research in Guantánamo, Cuba, examines the strong relationships between music making, place, and cultural identities. One of the insights of this research is that social and political movements succeed to the extent that they affectively articulate individual and collective perceptions of how the world is and how it might be."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7224

fhord@knox.edu

"My most immediate projects are in the areas of Black Studies theory, African American literary criticism, Black psychology traditions, and the status of Blacks in Latin America."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7155

ggilbert@knox.edu

"My specialized area of research is focused on modern and contemporary American art, specifically contextual and theoretical issues associated with the Abstract Expressionist, Neo-Dada and Pop Art movements. I am particularly interested in studying the intersection of these artistic tendencies with forms of mass visual culture, as well as their relation to trends in American philosophical thought."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7159

khamilto@knox.edu

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7150

jminer@knox.edu

"My current research is in computer-assisted instruction, translation, and 20th-century Latin American narrative."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7445

rragan@knox.edu

"My dissertation and early research combines my love for literature as well as my engagement in feminist theory. My work has focused on issues of the body, specifically the female body. I am particularly intrigued with the way 19th century medical discourse portrays illness as a natural state in women. My work on 19th century Spain has focused on hysteria, anorexia, and menstrual troubles with a focus on how portrayals of sick women work with and against the overall cultural understandings of women's bodies looking toward social causes rather than the biological sources of women's illness. More recently I have turned my attention to Spanish film and contemporary Spanish culture with an emphasis on youth. I am interested in the challenges facing Spanish youth today and their strategies for fighting apathy and finding community. I now teach a new course called Spanish 310 "Spanish Youth through Film, Literature and Music."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7712

mroy@knox.edu

"The goal of much recent scholarship on Puerto Rican national identity has been to clarify the ideological underpinnings of nationalist discourses. My aim is to further interrogate nationalism by addressing its silences. The many voices who imagined the nation generally assumed a Creole "brotherhood" as the true forgers of national and cultural identity. In spite of its anti-colonial impulse, Creole cultural nationalism did not welcome women or Afro-Puerto Ricans in the national brotherhood."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7157

cfernand@knox.edu

"I am interested in the second language acquisition phenomena. That is, how do people learn a language other than their mother tongue(s)? In particular, I investigate how adults learn the morphology and syntax (i.e., grammar) of a second language in the classroom. Therefore, my research focuses on testing the effectiveness of language teaching techniques, particularly those that aim at facilitating grammar acquisition. Also, I am interested in materials development, both traditional (e.g., textbooks) and computer-assisted (e.g., podcasts). Based on these interests, when I teach Spanish, I always ask myself this question: How can my teaching facilitate the students' processes of language acquisition?"

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7339

jnoriega@knox.edu

"My interests lie in Spanish-American Migrant Literature and Indigenous Cultures of America within the context of colonial-postcolonial, transatlantic and cultural studies theories."

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7157

aprado@knox.edu

"My previous research focused on cultural productions that testify gender and class positions of political struggle in times of State crisis, such as anarcho-feminist writings and anarchist film before and during the Spanish Civil War, and political video-activism after the economic crisis in Argentina after December 2001. Most recently I have been working on the concentrationary literature of the Spanish Republicans in French and Nazi camps during their exile after the Spanish Civil War. I frame this study within current memory studies that question the model of the Spanish Democratic Transition as compliant with a politics of forgetting the Spanish Republican past."

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