Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Humanities
Division of Literature and Languages
Monica VanBladel is a scholar of 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature and culture. Regionally, her work focuses on Mexico, and her theoretical interests center on the political valences of religious thought in the region. (What is gained or lost in referring to indigenous tradition as "religion"? Can some Catholic ideas possibly be decolonial?) Originally from Illinois, Monica studied Spanish and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame (2012) and received her Ph.D. in Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University (2019). She is a committed teacher of language through culture, and looks forward to supporting students’ intermediate- and advanced-level language development through the study of social movements, film, and literary texts, and a Spring seminar on religion and modernity in Latin American literature.