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Luisa-Maria Rojas-Rimachi

  • Associate Professor of Instruction in Spanish and Language Education

EdD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

421 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-7112

Office Hours: Monday 4 - 5 p.m., Thursday 2:15 - 3 p.m., and by appointment


Luisa-Maria Rojas-Rimachi has worked for a number of years teaching a wide range of courses including issues of language, culture, and literature. She is particularly interested in topics of language ideology in higher education, foreign language learning, aesthetic judgment in cultures in contact, and discourse analysis. She has also written about literature as a fundamental window for cultural learning.

Research Overview

Research Interests

  • Language ideology in higher education
  • foreign language learning
  • aesthetic judgment in cultures in contact
  • contemporary Latin American literature and cultural studies
  • cultural discourse analysis

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • SP 113:  Intensive Elementary Spanish (Summer)
  • SP 151:  Intermediate Spanish I (Fall/Spring)
  • SP 152:  Intermediate Spanish II (Spring)
  • SP 153:  Intensive Intermediate Spanish (Summer)
  • SP 161:  Advanced Spanish Grammar (Fall/Spring)
  • SP 162:  Advanced Conversational Spanish (Fall/Spring)

Selected Publications

  • Designer, editor, and director of the STORY-WRITING PROJECT: Wednesdays in the Fall, Adventures and Surprises, three booklets of bilingual stories were published with the collaboration of the elementary school students from Woodland Academy and Clark University in Worcester, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, and Fall 2011.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • "La sustitución de la realidad o la evasión a ritmo de tango: melodrama, folletín y kitsch en Boquitas pintadas de Manuel Puig." New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) 2015 Annual Fall Meeting, 7 Nov. 2015, Tufts U, Medford.
  • "Cartografías de la periferia o la urbe indiferenciada en la narrativa de Roberto Bolaño." New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) 2014 Annual Fall Meeting, 8 Nov. 2014, Connecticut College, New London.
  • "Patetismo, Mediocridad y Kitsch en Tres Novelas de Roberto Bolaño." New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) 2013 Annual Fall Meeting, 9 Nov. 2013, Wheaton College, Norton.
  • "Literature in the Crossroads for Critical Cultural Learning: An Example." New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) 2012 Annual Fall Meeting, 3 Nov. 2012, Yale U, New Haven.