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Beatriz Urraca, PhD

  • Director of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Professor of Spanish
Media Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Communications & Marketing
  • Arts & Culture

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Comparative Literature (1993)
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)
  • MA, Comparative Literature (1987)
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MI)

About Me

Love of learning is the most important aspect of the teaching process, for learning cannot be forced; it needs to come from within. I view the teaching of a foreign language, culture, and literature as an activity where the ultimate goal is to facilitate the acquisition of a set of lifelong learning skills that will enrich the students' personal and professional lives. Thus learning, much like teaching itself, must be constantly renewed inside and outside the classroom.

In orienting the students to the discipline, I see myself as a facilitator, providing them with tools and strategies that prepare them to function effectively in a global society through the development of communicative strategies, critical thinking, and the appreciation of diversity. None of this can happen simply by meeting for three hours a week in a classroom, and for that reason regular field trips to museums, artistic performances, ethnic restaurants—and whenever possible—trips abroad provide opportunities to interact with the students in an informal setting and for them to experience ways in which they can continue to learn and profit from that learning long after the course is over.


Research Interests

I am trained in comparative literature, specializing early in my career in 19th-century Argentine and U.S. literature. In the last 10 years, I have been working more on Argentine cinema produced since the late 1990s. I am particularly interested in representations of social justice and gender issues. I have also published pieces related to my international service-learning activities with students.


  • Urraca, Beatriz, and Gary M. Kramer, eds. Directory of World Cinema: Argentina. Bristol: Intellect, Limited, 2014. Print.
  • Urraca, Beatriz. "Rituals of Performance: Ricardo Daran as Father Julian in Elefante blanco." Revista de Estudios Hispanicos 48.2 (2014): 353–372. Web.
  • Urraca, Beatriz. "Celebrity, Slums, and Religion: Reflections on the Other Argentina." Visual and Performing Arts and Human Rights Series. Wellesley College, MA. 13 Nov. 2014. Invited Speaker.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
  • Asociación Argentina de Estudios de Cine y Audiovisual (AsAECA)


  • Faculty Development grant to attend a conference on transcultural competence (2015–2016)
  • Provost grant to conduct research on Chilean cinema (2014–2015)
  • Academic Service-Learning Faculty Development Fellowship for international service-learning (2005)


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