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Meet the Faculty

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April D. Marshall

Professor of Hispanic Studies
Senior Associate Dean of Seaver College

Division: International Studies and Languages Division
Office: Thornton Administrative Center (TAC) 320C
Phone: (310) 506-6553
Fax: (310) 506-4816
E-mail: april.marshall@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Spanish, New York University, 2003
  • M.A., Spanish, University of Louisville, 1998
  • B.A., Spanish and History, University of Louisville, 1996


  • Elementary Spanish II
  • Advanced Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Creative Writing
  • Intensive Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Freshman Seminar - Imagining Illness: Representations of Disease in Literature, Art, Music and Film
  • Survey of Spanish-American Culture and Civilization
  • Literature of Spanish America II (1880-Present)
  • Nobel Prize Literature of the Hispanic World
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Story Magic
  • Literature of Spanish America I (Beginning - 1880)

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Pepperdine Dean's Research Grant, 2004-2005
  • Sigma Delta Pi National Spanish Honors Society
  • Modern Language Association
  • American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Academic Interests:

  • AIDS and Literature
  • Disease as a Historical Force in Latin America
  • Disease as Metaphor in Latin American Literature
  • Incorporating Technology in the Language Classroom

Selected Works:

  • "'Onomastic Emphasis' in Julia Álvarez's Saving the World." NAMES. 57.4 (2009): 229-235.
  • Representing Suffering: El dolor de Colombia en los ojos Botero. Hispanic Research Journal. 9.5 (2008): 478-492.
  • "Practices and Principles for Engaging the Three Communicative Modes in Spanish through Songs and Music. Co-author Frank Nuessel. Hispania. 91.1 (2008): 139-146.
  • Portraying Plague: The Possibilities in Puenzo's La peste. Into the Mainstream: Essays on Spanish American and Latino Literature and Culture. Ed. Jorge Febles. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006. 170-182.
  • Metaphors We Die By. Perspectives on Metaphor. Ed. Frank Nuessel. Spec. issue of Semiotica. 161.1/4 (2006): 345-61.