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Lila McDowell Carlsen

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Division: International Studies and Languages Division
Office: Seaver Academic Complex (SAC) 127
Phone: (310) 506-4215

  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of California, Riverside, 2008
  • M.A., Spanish, Baylor University, 2005
  • B.A., Spanish, Baylor University, 2003, Summa Cum Laude, Honors with distinction
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Spanish Literature I (Origins to 1700)
  • Twentieth Century Latin American Authors
  • Argentine Literature
  • Spanish Phonetics and Conversation
  • Elementary Spanish
  • Translation
  • Second-Year Spanish
Key Awards/Affiliations:
  • Seaver Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative, Fall 2010, Spring 2011
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2007
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Spanish, University of California, Riverside, 2007
  • Distinguished Chancellor's Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2005
  • Outstanding Graduate of Baylor University, 2003
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Pepperdine Chapter Adviser
  • Modern Language Association
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Academic Interests:
  • Gender Studies
  • Latin American Fiction of the 20th & 21st Centuries
  • Latin American Literature
  • Utopia and Dystopia
Selected Works:
  • "Utopia, Gender, and the Border in Cristina Rivera Garza's La cresta de Illión." Symposium: Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 64.4 (2010): 229-242.
  • "Utopia, Archive, and Anarchy in Los siete hijos de Simenon by Ramón Díaz Eterovic." Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, 2011. Forthcoming.
  • The Utopian Impulse in Chilean and Mexican Novels 1990-2005, Doctoral Dissertation, University of California, Riverside, Directed by Raymond L. Williams.