Dr. Mariana Bolívar Rubín

Assistant Professor, Modern Languages


About Me

As a second-language instructor and discipline-specific educator, I must choose from a myriad of pedagogical theories and teaching methodologies and apply them to individual learning styles and class dynamics. My teaching objectives are twofold: to provide students with the tools to engage in interpersonal communication in the target language and to offer contextual and theoretical frameworks to critically approach socio-cultural expressions.

Research/Creative Interests

Like my teaching, my academic background and research interests demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship by engaging with current and pressing topics within race, gender, and trans-nationality. My dissertation, Leaders and Multitudes in Latin America: the Venezuelan Case, examines the relationship between popular leaders and national communities in both historical novels and their cinematographic adaptations. In my ongoing research, I focus on representations of Afro-Latin religions in U.S. Latino/a literature and visual arts.

Recent Publications

Bolívar, Mariana. “Transgressive Bodies: Constructing the Santera’s Body in the Photography of Maria Perez Bravo,” Afro Hispanic Review, Volume 31, Number 1 • Spring 2012

Polit Dueñas, Gabriela. Cosas de hombres: escritores y caudillos en literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX. Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo, 2008. The History and Representation of Spanish Science. Guest editors: John Slater and Andrés Prieto. Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies. Volume 7, 2010.

“A Free Man.” Colorado Review. (Fall 2005)

Recent Talks and Presentations

“Masculine women in Venezuela's intrahistoric novel and film”: Annual American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Conference in Denver, CO.

“Comunidad de deseo en la frontera haitiano/dominicana: La perversión y el mito en Del rojo de su sombra de Mayra Montero”: 4th International Conference on Caribbean studies, Marquette University, Milwaukee, MI. 2014

“Paradigms of Citizenship in Venezuelan Alternative Cinema”: National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, Baton Rouge, LA. 2013

Contact Information

Office: 100 Porter Street, room 4



Office Hours, Spring 2016

Tuesday, Thursday 3:30-5pm | 100 Porter Street



Ph.D., 20th and 21th Centuries Latin American Literatures and Cultures Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Colorado Boulder, 2013

M.A., Latin American Languages and Literatures and Cultures Hispanic Caribbean and Ethnic Studies Emphasis Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, 2007

B.A., English, Afro-American Literature, Colorado State University, 2005

A.A., Humanities. Front Range Community College, 2001


Courses Taught

SPAN 201. Intermediate Spanish I, Fall 2015

SPAN 102. Beginner Spanish II, Fall 2015

SPAN 101 Beginner Spanish I, Fall 2015