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Lila McDowell Carlsen Faculty Profile

Lila McDowell Carlsen

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Associate Provost
International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College
PLC 194

Biography

Dr. Carlsen teaches Latin American literature and culture. Her research explores contemporary Chilean and Mexican narrative in response to social and political upheaval. She has published peer-reviewed articles on major authors including Isabel Allende, Diamela Eltit, Roberto Bolaño, Cristina Rivera Garza, and Ramón Díaz Eterovic. Dr. Carlsen directs undergraduate research and includes community-based learning in her courses. She is currently serving the university as associate provost, working in the areas of curriculum and academic programs, teaching excellence, and student accessibility.

Education

  • PhD, Spanish, University of California, Riverside, 2008
  • MA, Spanish, Baylor University, 2005
  • BA, Spanish, Baylor University, 2003, summa cum laude, Honors with distinction
  • Carlsen, Lila McDowell. "The House of the Japanese Spirits: Orientalism and Magical Realism in Isabel Allende's El amante japonès." Transmodernity (Spring 2018). https://escholarship.org.uc.item.36x200qv
  • Blanco, Luisa, Lila Carlsen, Dan Morrison, George Carlsen, Ashley Chaparro, and Eric Molina. "Precious Paradise: The Financial Well-being of Hispanic Immigrant Day Laborers in Malibu." Latinos in the 21st Century: Their Voices and Lived Experiences. Eds. Inigo Álvarez & Ada Vargas. NY: Nova Publishers, 2018.
  • Carlsen, Lila McDowell. "Inhospitable Text: Critical Dystopia in Los vigilantes by Diamela Eltit" Letras Femeninas 50.2 (Winter 2014).
  • Carlsen, Lila McDowell. "Absurdity and Utopia in Roberto Bolaño's Estrella distante and 'Sensini.'" Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura 30.1 (Fall 2014): 138-151.
  • Carlsen, Lila McDowell. "Utopia, Archive, and Anarchy in Los siete hijos de Simenon by Ramòn Díaz Eterovic." Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature 35.2 (Summer 2011).
  • Carlsen, Lila McDowell. "'Te conozco de cuando eras árbol': Gender, Utopianism, and the Border in Cristina Rivera Garza's La cresta de Iliòn." Symposium: Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures 64.4 (Winter 2010): 229-242.
  • McDowell, Lila Cole. The Utopian Impulse in Chilean and Mexican Novels, 1990-2005, University of California, Riverside, 2008, Ph.D. dissertation directed by Raymond Leslie Williams.
  • Course Release for Research, Seaver College, 2016-2019
  • Sabbatical Leave for Research, Seaver College, Fall 2015
  • Seaver Fellow in International Studies and Languages, 2012-2013
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Riverside, 2008
  • Hispanic Studies Research Scholarship, University of California, Riverside, 2008
  • Distinguished Chancellor's Fellowship, University of California Riverside, 2005-2008
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Spanish, University of California, Riverside, 2007
  • Baylor President's Fellowship, 2003-2005
  • Phi Beta Kappa Award for Research, Baylor University, 2003
  • Outstanding Graduate of Baylor University College of Arts & Sciences, 2003
  • "Cultivating Spanish Language and Cultural Acquisition through the Google Ecosystem." American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Salamanca, Spain, June 22-26, 2018.
  • "Identity and Poetic Memory in Lina Meruane's Volverse Palestina." East-West Intercultural Relations Conference, University of Zagreb, Croatia, May 11-13, 2018.
  • "The House of the Japanese Spirits: Orientalism and Magical Realism in Isabel Allende's El amante japonés." East-West Intercultural Relations Conference, Seoul National University, Korea, May 12-13, 2017.
  • "Democracy and Dictatorship in Los días del arcoíris by Antonio Skármeta." American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Chicago, July 6-8, 2017.
  • "From Apathy to Engagement: The 1988 Chilean Plebiscite in No by Pablo Larraín." Southern California Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, LMU, Nov. 12, 2016.
  • "Global Competence Through High-Impact Practices in the World Language Classroom" with Kelle Keating Marshall and Fiona Stewart, ACTFL, San Diego, CA, Nov. 2015.
  • "Undergraduate Research in Spanish as a High-Impact Practice: Challenges and Opportunities." Southern California Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, USC, Oct. 25, 2014.
  • "The Recuperation of Collective Memory and the Struggle for Justice in El diario de Agustín." American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Panama City, Panama, July 8-11, 2014.
  • "Assessment Fundamentals for Enhanced Student Learning in the Spanish Program." American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. San Antonio, TX, July 10, 2013.
  • "Borderline Gender and Utopia in the Fiction of Cristina Rivera Garza." Latin American Studies Association. Washington, D.C., May 29, 2013.
  • "Linking Pedagogy, Curriculum, and Assessment in the Four-Year College and University Spanish Program." Southern California Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Pitzer College, April 14, 2012.
  • "New Directions in Chilean Detective Fiction: Transnational Tendencies in the Novels of Marcela Serrano, Ramón Díaz Eterovic, and Roberto Bolaño." New Directions in the Humanities Conference. Granada, Spain, June 8-10, 2011.
  • "Ekphrasis and the Absurd in Roberto Bolaño's Estrella distante." Southern California Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Occidental College, Oct. 30, 2010.
  • "Absurd Star: Roberto Bolaño's Fiction and Contemporary Latin American Literature." Session Chair. Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies. Pepperdine University, Nov. 5-6, 2010.
  • "Memory and Post-Memory as Moral Demands in El desierto by Carlos Franz." American Association of Teacher of Spanish and Portuguese. Guadalajara, Mexico, July 10-13, 2010.
  • "Utopia in Roberto Bolaño's Fiction: A Search for Justice?" Special Session: Roberto Bolaño. Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington, KY, April 15, 2010.
  • "Anarchist Utopia and the Archive in Los siete hijos de Simenon by Ramón Díaz Eterovic." Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY, April 17, 2009.
  • Seaver Research Council Grant 2015-2016
  • Community Based Research Grant, Hispanics and Financial Well-Being, with Luisa Blanco (PI), George Carlsen & Dan Morrison, Pepperdine University, 2015
  • Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative (AYURI), 2010, 2011, 2014
  • Service Learning Grant 2012, 2014, 2015

Topics

  • Gender Studies
  • Latin American Fiction of the 20th & 21st Centuries
  • Latin American Literature
  • Utopia and Dystopia

Courses

  • SPAN 300 Hispanic Studies: Chilean Culture
  • SPAN 341 Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • SPAN 440 Latin American Texts
  • SPAN 461 Seminar: Utopia in Contemporary Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 461 Seminar: Literature of Buenos Aires
  • SPAN 461 Seminar: Crime and Justice in the Southern Cone
  • SPAN 470 Capstone: Hispanic Studies Beyond Graduation