Spanish Department

Life Beyond Reed with a Spanish major

What does one do with a Reed Spanish degree? Below are some examples from recent graduates. (Alums: if you would like to be included in the list, please send one of your former professors an email – we enjoy hearing from you!)

Liz González (2005):
"I'm a Supervising Attorney at a non-profit immigration organization in Los Angeles called The Immigration Center for Women and Children. We provide direct legal services to immigrant victims of violent crimes, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and felonious assault through two immigration laws, the U Visa and the Violence Against Women Act. I also assist immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by their parents in family court, probate court, and in their removal proceedings before immigration judges. About 90% of my clients are monolingual Spanish speakers, so I speak Spanish every day of the week. It's one of the main reasons I went to law school. I knew I wanted to continue working with the Latino community and I wanted to provide alternative services to individuals who could not afford private legal services, and who are the most vulnerable to notario fraud."

Kelly McCown (2005):
"In 2011, I began my business, Meetinghouse, a language school in Logroño (La Rioja), Spain. I work with small conversation groups, designed to help students learn English. Each week is centered around a topic and students speak, debate, argue… everything that I learned in Hum 110 applied to the teaching of English in Spain."

Margaret Boyle (2005):
"I am assistant professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Bowdoin College, where I teach all levels of Spanish language and literature. My research focuses on the literary and cultural history of early modern Spanish women and I am the author of Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence and Punishment in Early Modern Spain (U of Toronto Press, 2014)."

Bettina Fairman (2005):
"I'm currently living in San Francisco at working at Facebook, where I manage Content Operations. My team is responsible for creating and maintaining the help centers for all consumer products (including all Facebook features and Instagram), as well as all other support content for those products."

Christy Wiles (2007):
"My current position is Curatorial Assistant in Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where I research and organize photography exhibitions. SFMOMA's collection includes 75 photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, who was the topic of my senior thesis at Reed."

Walker Shapiro (2007):
"I am just starting my third and final year of Family Medicine residency in Madison, Wisconsin. My home clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center with a large Latino population, so I speak a lot of Spanish most days. I am in the process of figuring out what comes next, probably staying in Madison, potentially continuing to work with the same organization. My wife, Luella, and I now have three children."

Lauren Morales (2007):
"After I graduated, I joined Teach For America and was a teacher in Denver for three years. I got my master's in elementary education and urban educational leadership in 2012. In 2013, I made the change from teacher to social worker and started working as a Service Coordinator at Rocky Mountain Human Services. I work with Spanish-speaking families who have kids with disabilities, and I help connect them with services and resources. Last year I was promoted to a trainer position and so I'm responsible for training all of the new bilingual Service Coordinators in the department."

Caitlin Bellis (2010) Spanish and Anthropology:
"I'm currently clerking for Judge Richard A. Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I'll finish up very soon, and, starting at the end of September, I'll be on a fellowship at a nonprofit here in Los Angeles, Public Counsel. There, I'll be doing deportation defense, as well as working with a community coalition on a project to increase access to counsel for detained immigrants."

Carmen García Durazo (2011):
"My work after Reed has brought me on a long road which began with print media, and now I am a television producer! I work in documentary and docu-series TV and have produced everything from long-form documentary, true crime documentary series, and reality television for networks from Showtime to the History Channel to CNN. Just last year I was honored to be part of a team recognized with an Emmy award for Years of Living Dangerously (Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series), a documentary series on climate change and Executive Produced by James Cameron.

I love what I do, and often times find my Spanish coming into play -- I just finished an hour-long documentary episode for CNN about the murder of an undocumented immigrant in Los Angeles in the mid-1990s; in March, my work took me to a small village called Carlos A Carillo in Veracruz, Mexico, to interview the victim's family, most of whom speak solely Spanish. I am based in New York City."

Charlie Hankin (2011):
"Curious about life outside academics, I moved to Buenos Aires in 2011, where I taught and performed as a violinist. I returned to the United States in 2012 to complete a Master of Music in Violin Performance at the University of Oregon, but quickly (re)discovered that my true passion is for Romance Languages and Literatures. This realization brought me first to the South of France, then (a return) to Cuba for research, then to the Northeast of Brazil, where I taught and conducted research as part of a Fulbright ETA grant, and finally to the Northeast of the United States, to begin a PhD program in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton. I am investigating transnational discourses in Caribbean and Brazilian hip hop."

Roland Dahwen Wu (2013):
"I have worked as a cinematographer, editor and field producer at Graham Street Productions, a Portland-base documentary film company. Since graduating, I helped produce the documentary film 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez. I work on documentaries, experimental films, and music videos, as well as freelance work in analog photography and graphic design. I am also on the board of Momentum Alliance, a youth-led non-profit."

Kate McCully (2013):
"After graduation, I moved to Madrid and worked as an assistant English teacher with the Spanish Ministry of Education's 'Auxiliares de Conversación' program. The Ministry gives out grants to natives of English-speaking countries to teach alongside licensed teachers in public school classrooms around Spain. I spent 16 hours a week in classrooms assisting English teachers with a variety of tasks and working with a variety of levels. I have worked with middle- and high-school, as well as first and second grade. I also taught conversation classes to adults. This year will be my third in Madrid."

Ned Carson (2013):
"After graduation I joined Match Teacher Residency, where I tutored small groups of students at a low-income middle school in Boston, and attended practice-based grad school classes over the weekend. Following my year at Match I became a lead fifth-grade English teacher at Alma del Mar, a charter K-8 school in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where I am entering my second year of teaching. I'm responsible for designing the curriculum and teaching two sections of 21 students - favorites on my syllabus include Maniac Magee, Bud, Not Buddy, and Tuck Everlasting."

For more information about the career paths of Reed graduates with Spanish majors, please consult the Center for Life Beyond Reed.

Students may also log into IRIS to find out what Reed Spanish majors go on to do by searching the alumni directory by major.