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Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Profiles

Sarita Addy
Hispanic Studies PhD 1

Mohammed Afana
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

I am a 4th year Ph.D. student originally from Palestine. I have completed both my BA in Architecture at the University of Seville “Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura”, Spain. I decided to study at Western because I wanted to work within the CulturePlex Lab. One of the things that I like most about UWO is how multicultural it is and one of the things that I dislike on this campus is the coffee. My general research interests are in architecture, specifically digital architecture. One thing you should know about me is that I am a very open-minded kind of guy. Academics: Conferences Attended: THATCamp at the University of Western Ontario, 2011. Words of Wisdom for the new CulturePlex Members: For fun (and everything else): go downtown. School wise: you should have a clear idea about what you want and you should respect the others. 

Thomas Albertini
Hispanic Studies MA 1

Marithza Andagoya Maita
Hispanic Studies MA 1


Witton Becerra Mayorga
Hispanic Studies PhD 2

B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from Universidad Santo Tomás-Colombia, M.A. in Hispano American Literature from Instituto Caro y Cuervo-Colombia. PhD. student in Hispanic Studies (Literature) at Western University. I am interested in everything from the Latino American and Colombian Literature, specially 20th Century, Digital Humanities, and Music and Literature. I investigate the Latino American Boom of literature through the Digital Humanities. The chief goal from my PhD research is to understand the Latino American Boom development across the big data.


Diana Botero
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

I have a B.A. in Psychology from Universidad San Buenaventura-Cali, Colombia. My field research was carried out from The Systemic Theory, and the Psychodynamics approach in the area of Clinical and Abnormal Psychology. I decided to take the great opportunity that Western University offered me to continue my studies and combine my background in Psychology with Linguistics. My M.A. is in Hispanic Studies (Linguistics) at Western. Currently, I am in Third Year of PhD in Hispanic Studies (Linguistics). My Research interests include Counterfactuals, Semantics, and syntax-morphology-semantics interface in Language Acquisition. Other interests are Discourse Analysis, Philosophy of Language, Language Attrition, and Thought Disorder.


David Brown
Hispanic Studies PhD 4


Dagoberto Caceres Aguilar
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

My name is D. C. Aguilar and I am a second year PhD student in Hispanic Studies. Currently, I am a T.A. at Modern Language and Literatures in Western University Canada. My dissertation project is on literature and ideological constructions. I completed two Masters Program: at Universidad del Valle (Colombia) in 2008; in Europe Union at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Université de Perpignan via-Domitia (France), and Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) in 2010. Personal Website:

Javier de la Rosa
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

I am a 4th year Hispanic Studies PhD student at Western University, where I am also a member of the CulturePlex Lab for Cultural Complexity and Digital Humanities. He has completed both his Master in Logic and Artificial Intelligence and his Engineering in Computer Science at the University of Seville in Spain. Western gave me an opportunity to combine the fields of Humanities and Computer Science. My general research interests are in graphs, graph databases, query languages, complex networks and temporal ontologies and my thesis topic is in Network Theory and Cultural Borders.


Dorismel Diaz-Perez
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

Dorismel is a fourth year Ph D student in Hispanic Studies. He earned a B.A. in Modern Languages from Universidad del Atlantico as well as an M.A. in Education from Universidad del Norte. He also completed a Masters in Hispanic Literature at the University of Arkansas. His research interests include: Travel Writing, Migration and Ethnic Relations, Spanish Golden Age Literature, Film Studies, Diaspora and Orientalism / PostColonial Studies.For his dissertation,he is interested in exploring the depictions of Afro Latinos through visual arts and literature in XIX century travel accounts. Other interests are Ruben Darío's poetry, learning languages, mythology, train travel and hiking. He can be easily distracted by a cup of a well made hot chocolate, but that's about it.


Nandita Dutta
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

Grace Gomashie
Hispanic Studies MA 1


Cenaida Gomez
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

My name is Cenaida Gómez, I’m a fourth year Ph.D. student of Hispanic Studies. I am from Colombia where I completed my undergraduate and Master degree in Education in the University Externado of Colombia. I chose to come to Western because it offered me the opportunity to study about my research interest which include Discourse Analysis, Semantics and Second Language Acquisition.


Ana Gonzalez
Hispanic Studies PhD 2

I am a 2nd year PhD student of Literature in the program of Hispanic Studies. Graduated in Venezuela, where I was born and raised, as an English as a Second language teacher at Universidad Pedagogica Experimental Libertador in 2007. My current research is on Children's Literature in Hispanic America and Canada.


Ayelet Ishai
Hispanic Studies PhD 2


Antonio Jimenez-Mavillard
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

My name is Antonio Jiménez Mavillard. I'm a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Studies. I come from Seville (Spain), where I completed my undergraduate degree as well as my Masters in Computer Science at the University of Seville. I decided to come to Western because it gave me the opportunity to combine my knowledge in Computer Science with Humanities.


Aikaterini Kodopulos
Hispanic Studies MA 2


Raul Manuel Lopez Bajonero
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

Hola! Me llamo Raul Lopez vengo de la UNAM de Mexico. I'm PHD student and I'm interested in the History of Writing Culture, I love the travel's literature especially maritime stories. I like Western because it's cool and the people are very nice. My personal web page is:

Vanina Machado
Hispanic Studies MA 1

My name is Vanina Sofia Machado and I am Uruguayan and Canadian. I have completed at the Universidad de la República in Montevideo my Bachelor Degree (licenciatura) in Linguistics and an Associate degree in Proofreading of Spanish. My interests focus in sociolinguistics, languages in contact, semantics and lexicography. I have worked with English borrowings in Uruguayan Spanish, Guarani borrowings in old spanish dictionaries of the River Plate (Rio de la Plata), observation of digital literacy events and practices, among others. I am currently coursing the MA in Hispanic Studies (linguistics track) and fortunately working as a TA of Spanish for undergraduate students at Western. At the moment, my goal is to study the contact between Spanish and English in Canada, as my intention as a linguist is to understand and contribute to knowing and analyzing the relation between these languages in this multicultural country.


Meredith Mcgregor
Hispanic Studies PhD 2


Vivian Milliken
Hispanic Studies MA 1


Itziri Moreno Villamar
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

I'm a 4th year Ph.D. student in Hispanic Linguistics. I completed my B.A. from the University of Oregon with a double major in Linguistics and Spanish literature. My heritage is Mexican, but I was born here in London and raised in both Eugene, Oregon and Mexico City. I came to Western 3 years ago to do my Masters in the Hispanic Studies program because I wanted to focus on Hispanic Linguistics and Western's program was a good fit. My research interests are experimental linguistics, second and third language acquisition, heritage languages, comparative romance, and linguistic contact with an emphasis in Amerindian languages.

Ricardo Munoz Castiblanco
Hispanic Studies PhD


Camelia Nunez
Hispanic Studies PhD


Jaime Ontiveros
Hispanic Studies PhD 4


Marcela Otalora
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

I am from Colombia and received my master's degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Western Ontario. I started my PhD in Hispanic Linguistics few years ago. I am currently in my second year and I am interested in sociolinguistics, Spanish variation, varieties of Spanish language globally, and the teaching of Spanish as a second language.


Yolanda Pangtay Chang
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

Born and raised in Mexico, from a family of Chinese origins, and having studied English as a second language in a non-immersed environment, it was natural for me to develop a curiosity on the diversity of languages. I hold a BA in Education with a specialty in the English Language from the Escuela Normal Superior del Sur de Tamaulipas, an MA in Education with a specialty in Applied Linguistics, from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), and an MA in Hispanic Studies in Applied Linguistics from the University of Western Ontario (UWO). My MA research thesis: Misunderstandings in Instant Messaging Conversations in Spanish Currently, I am in my fourth year of PhD in Hispanic Studies, studying Spanish Linguistics and Language Acquisition. My areas of interest include Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis and Second Language Acquisition. My PhD research, in progress, is on input and Focus on Form in the acquisition of Double Negation structure in Spanish.


Ana Perez Alfajarrin
Hispanic Studies PhD 2

I am a second year PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies (Linguistics) from Cuba, where I completed my BA in English and a Minor in French.  I am interested in child language acquisition, heritage languages, and second and third language learning.  My research interests also include language variation and loss, with a focus on the syntax-semantics and morphology-phonology interfaces.  I am currently working on a longitudinal study on the maintenance of Spanish by children heritage speakers in Canada.


Esperanza Ruiz-Pena
Hispanic Studies PhD 3

My name is Esperanza Ruiz-Peña Sánchez de Ibarguen. I am from Spain (Seville). I am in my second year in Spanish Linguistics. My research focus is in phonetics and phonology, however, my backgroud is in Childhood Education, Special Education and in Expression Tecquiques Pycomotor and Psychomotor Rehabilitation. I chose Western to do my Master in Linguistics because the academy and the quality of the program is excellent. The professors are recognized in their field of study. Also, they offer you the opportunity to find what you love in the program and they help you to realize it.


Manuel Sanchez Lopez
Hispanic Studies PhD


Pablo Sanchez Martin
Hispanic Studies PhD 1

My name is Pablo. I am a first-year Hispanic Linguistics PhD student from Avila, Spain. I hold a B.A in English Studies from the Universidad de Valladolid, and a Master's Degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Ottawa.


Javier Sepulveda
Hispanic Studies PhD 4


Elkin Sierra Rios
Hispanic Studies PhD 4

My name is Elkin Sierra. I am a Colombian who loves linguistics, literature and learning languages. I am in my fourth year of the P.h.D in Hispanic studies in the Modern Languages and Literatures department in The University of Western Ontario. Here in Western I have found amazing teachers who have guided me through the path of knowledge, teaching me how to think in a critical way and how to be an academic with soul and discipline. I chose the UWO because of its commitment to humanities and its wonderful campus which is a marvelous combination of nature, architecture and technology. In the department, more specifically in linguistics, I feel I am not a human resource but instead a human talent that is ready to share his ideas and the most important and my favourite part: exploit imagination in an endless way.


Adriana Soto-Corominas
Hispanic Studies PhD 2


Roberto Ulloa
Hispanic Studies PhD 3


Ivan Vazquez Clavellina
Hispanic Studies PhD 1

Iván Vázquez es un apasionado de las Letras, la Cultura y el mundo Hispanoamericano. Cursó estudios en Historia en la UAMI, México. Actualmente se encuentra en el primer año de doctorado en la Universidad de Western en London Ontario, Canadá. Trabaja como Profesor Asistente de español 1030 y Asistente de Investigación en el departamento de Estudios Hispánicos.


Mary Carmen Vera
Hispanic Studies PhD 2

Mary Carmen Vera es una estudiante de literatura en el primer ano de maestría en Estudios Hispánicos. Es originaria de la Ciudad de México en donde obtuvo el grado de licenciatura en letras hispánicas por la Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana. Allí fue distinguida con la medalla al mérito universitario. Su especialidad es la investigacion literaria y está interesada en la literatura hispánica medieval, barroca y novohispana. Sus tendencias de investigación la condujeron a continuar sus estudios en Western University, ya que su programa de maestría es uno de los que incluyen exitosamente esos periodos como campos de investigacion; por lo tanto, el programa es reconocido internacionalmente por su competencia.

Owen Ward
Hispanic Studies MA 1

In the first year of his M.A. in Hispanic Studies focused on Linguistics.  Completed his B.A. in Spanish with a specialization in Spanich/English translation at Waterloo.  Currently teaching Spanish 1030.


Jimena Zambrano
Hispanic Studies PhD 4