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About Isabel Jaén Portillo

Dr. Jaén holds Ph.Ds from Purdue University and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). Her research fields include early modern literature and psychology, cognitive literary studies, contemporary literature and film, historical memory, women studies, migration, and transatlantic studies. Dr. Jaén is co-director of Cine-Lit, the continuing, cooperative organization between Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University that, in conjunction with the Portland International Film Festival, organizes an international symposium on Hispanic film and fiction every 4 years and co-president of LALISA (Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies Association), an interinstitutional organization which aims to foster productive professional relationships and exchanges among universities and communities in the Northwestern Region of the United States of America and Canada. She is also former executive member of the MLA Division for Cognitive Approaches to Literature (2008-2012, chair in 2011), a former member of the Purdue Cognitive Literary Studies Steering Committee (2008-2010). She co-founded and co-directed (2005-2015) the Literary Theory, Cognition, and the Brain Working Group at the Whitney Humanities Center in Yale University, where she taught for six years. She came to Portland State from Wabash College, where she held an appointment as Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor.

Positions

2018 - Present Professor of Spanish, Portland State University World Languages and Literatures
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2013 - 2018 Associate Professor, Spanish, Portland State University World Languages and Literatures
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2010 - 2013 Assistant Professor, Portland State University World Languages and Literatures
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present affiliated faculty, Chicano Latino Studies
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Books (4)

Book Chapters (8)

Articles (5)