Latin American Studies
Ivy Arbulú is associate professor of Spanish. She came to the U.S. after completing her college education in literature with a minor in linguistics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She completed her MA and PhD at the University of Virginia. The two main areas of Spanish language literature that interest her are the Spanish Golden Age poetry and prose and modern Latin American fiction. For the last three years, Professor Arbulú has been learning Arabic. Her goal is to be able to read medieval Andalusian poetry written in Arabic. Apart from learning another language, she enjoys reading, going to the movies, walking with her dogs, and traveling to her native Peru to enjoy the good food that she misses so much.
Brenci Patiño is assistant professor of Spanish and U.S. Latina/o Studies. She completed her BA at the University of Texas at Brownsville, and her MA and PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include cultural and literary representations of working-class women, U.S. Latina/o literature and cultural production, and contemporary Mexican narrative fiction. Her work is, more specifically, concerned with looking at ways in which working-class women and their upper-class counterparts negotiate power.
Dr. Patiño has taught Spanish language courses and Latin American literature and culture at the University of Illinois, Texas Lutheran University, San Antonio College, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. At Mary Baldwin College, she teaches intermediate- and advanced-level Spanish, U.S. Latina/o literature and culture, 20th century Latin American literature, and Latin American and Spanish culture. Additionally, she has an active role in the Latino Culture Gateway.
A native of Brownsville, Texas, Professor Patiño grew up in the bicultural environment of the Mexico-U.S. border. She loves both norteño and Tejano music, traditional Latin American music, son jarocho, Spanish hip-hop, nueva trova, and Latin pop. She enjoys traveling, and spending time with her nieces and nephews in South Texas and northern Mexico.