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About Clara Roman-Odio

Clara Román-Odio is a professor of Spanish and the director of Latino/a studies with a specialty in Latin American literature of late twentieth-century and cultural productions of the borderlands. Her recent publications in this area include a book on the role of sacred iconographies in U.S.-Chicana border crossings ("Sacred Iconographies in Chicana Cultural Productions," Palgrave 2013) and a co-edited volume on feminisms and transnational borderlands ("Transnational Borderlands in Women's Global Networks: The Making of Cultural Resistance," Palgrave 2011).
She specializes in borderlands’ theory with a particular emphasis on feminisms of color, in which area she co-edited a volume entitled "Global, Local Geographies: The (Dis)locations of Contemporary Feminisms" (Letras Femeninas 33.1, 2007). Her most recent engagements include spearheading the Kenyon community-engaged learning initiative and the creation of the public humanities project Latinos in Rural America.


Present Professor of Spanish, Kenyon College Modern Languages & Literatures

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  • SPAN 111Y: Intensive Introductory Spanish
  • SPAN 112Y: Intensive Introductory Spanish
  • SPAN 321: Advanced Grammar, Conversation, and Composition
  • SPAN 321Y: Advanced Grammar, Conversation, and Composition
  • SPAN 325: Introduction to Spanish American Literature
  • SPAN 344: Contemporary Spanish-American Short Stories
  • SPAN 354: Spanish American Poetry Since 1880
  • SPAN 355: The Literature of National Experience in Mexico
  • SPAN 371: Gender, Identity, and Power in Women's Literature
  • SPAN 380: Introduction to Chicana/o Cultural Studies
  • SPAN 391: Special Topics
  • WGS 242: Transnational Feminisms


1993 Doctorate of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1983 Master of Arts, Purdue University West Lafayette
1981 Bachelor of Arts, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

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P: (740) 427-5275
Ascension Hall 110


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