Dr. Mariana Bolivar Rubin

Associate Professor, Modern Language

(413) 662-5081
100 Porter Street


Ph.D., 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., Colorado State University, 2005

A.A., Front Range Community College, 2001

Courses Taught

SPAN 102/101 Beginner Spanish

SPAN 300 Spanish Conversation

SPAN 390/ENGL 387 Latinx Literature and Film

CCHH 110. The Idea of Latin America

IDST 360-70 Latin American Culture and Society

 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.  Currently, I am interested in the representation of Afro-Caribbean religions in Latinx literature and film.  

Recent Publications

Book Reviews

"Comfort, Kelly. Cien Años De Identidad: Introducción a La Literatura Latinoamericana Del Siglo Xx." Hispania. 102.3 (2019): 423-424. 

"Beauty, Virtue, Power and Success in Venezuela 1850–2015 by Elizabeth G. Nichols." Hispania. 101.2 (2018): 328-329.


“Paradigmas of Citizenship in Venezuelan Alternative Cinema.” Mind’ Eye: A Liberal Arts Journal (Spring, 2017)

“Imagined Multitudes in The Spanish-Language Caribbean Novel.”The Oxford Handbook ot the Latin American Novel. Oxford Universiy Press. (Ongoing)

Book Project (Anthology Editor and Collaborator)

Inclusive Excellence and the Decolonization of Knowledge in Latin American and Latinx Studies. (In conversation with University of Arizona Press)

Recent Talks and Presentations

“Intangible Americans: Spiritual Mappings of the Global City in Contemporary Afro-Latinx Narrative”: 49th NeMLA Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. (Abril 2018)

Invited Scholar. “On Peril and Promise.” Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, PBS/NEH Lecture Series, Berkshires Community College. Pittsfield, MA

Office hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11am-12pm