Skip to Content

Department of Modern Languages

In Memoriam

April 21, 2017

It is with great sadness that the Department of Modern Languages announces the passing of Dr. Louis Brister, who was a Professor of German in the department from 1966-2005 and served as its chair in the early 1970s.  He was the author, editor, and translator of journal articles and books, most notably John Charles Beale’s Rio Grande Colony (2008) and Mexican Prisons: The Journal of Eduard Harkort, 1832-1834 (1986).

Departmental News

November 30, 2017

French artist and activist Christiane B. Pettersen gave a lecture "From Art & Beyond: An Artiste in Search of Justice in the XXIst Century." This was a Common Experience Event sponsored by the Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts, the Departments of History, English, Political Science and Modern Languages, the Center for International Studies, the Office of Study Abroad, and the French National Honor Society - Texas State Chapter.

November 10, 2017

Photo of Dr. DiMauro-Jackson receiving award.

Congratulations to Dr. DiMauro-Jackson, who received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education. The Office of International Affairs at Texas State University recognized Dr. Jackson’s contribution to the advancement of international education as well as her service to international students.

November 8, 2017

Conference Participants

Congratulations to the following graduate students who presented their research at the Texas State International Research Conference. Thanks are extended to all graduate faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students in attendance.

“Family Structures and Matrimony in Doña Perfecta (1876): Representation of the Creation of Nation”
Angela Pierce, Spanish, Texas State University

“Prison as a Metaphor for Spain in El Lápiz del Carpintero by Manuel Rivas”
Kenny Suazo, Spanish, Texas State University

“Gabriel García Márquez's 'Montiel’s Widow': A Life Without a Name and Freedom”
Luann Williams, Spanish, Texas State University

“Fantastic Reality and Solitude in El Avión de la Bella Durmiente by Gabriel García Márquez”
Diana Young, Spanish, Texas State University

 A special thanks as well to panel organizers, Dr. Catherine Jaffe and Dr. Sharon Ugalde, and session mediator, Dr. Jaffe.

October 18, 2017

Gloria Velásquez received the Student Foundation of Excellence Teaching Award for her ardent nurturing of student leadership and her active contribution to the development of the spirit, integrity, and traditions of Texas State University. Alba Melgar, who received the award in 2005, was the first Modern Languages faculty member to be recognized by the Foundation.

October 16, 2017

Photo of Cold War Spy Stories Panel

German faculty Dr. Valentina Glajar and Dr. Lisa Haegele presented their research on the Cold War on a panel titled “Cold War Spy Stories from the Eastern Bloc.” Also featured were Dr. Alison Lewis (University of Melbourne, Australia), Dr. Corina L. Petrescu (Humboldt Fellow; University of Mississippi), and Dr. Susan Morrison (Professor of English, Texas State University) who presented papers on their archival work on the East German and Romanian secret services. Drs. Lewis, Petrescu, and Glajar are co-editing a book on this topic that will appear through the University of Nebraska Press. This event, organized by Dr. Glajar, enjoyed the generous support and co-sponsorship of Modern Languages, all departments in Liberal Arts, International Studies, the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Honors College.

Cold War Spy Stories Panel Poster

August 25, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Fischer, who was recognized as Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Texas State University Convocation on August 25.

Congratulations to Dr. Sergio Martínez for his promotion to Full Professor.

The department congratulates the following faculty members recognized by the Texas State University President for excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service:
Dr. Miriam Echeverría - Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity
Dr. Nieves Pujalte - Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Department congratulates the following faculty who received awards from the College of Liberal Arts recognizing excellence in scholarship and service:
Dr. David Navarro - Liberal Arts Achievement Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity
Dr. Moira DiMauro-Jackson  - Liberal Arts Achievement Award for Excellence in Service

August 9, 2017

The Spanish language network Univision aired an interview with Dr. David Navarro on the program Despierta Austin about his bilingual adaptation and co-production (with Dr. Joseph Falocco from the English Department) of William Shakespeare's play The Comedy of Errors / La Comedia de las equivocaciones.

June 1, 2017

Photo of Dr. Sharon Ugalde and interview team

Faculty News: Dr. Sharon Ugalde, University Distinguished Professor, was recognized as one of the foremost experts on Spanish women poets in a radio program recorded at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain. Dr. Ugalde was interviewed by two professors from Spanish universities about her research and about trends in contemporary women's poetry in Spain. The interview may be accessed at CANAL UNED or downloaded directly below:

May 2017

Dr. Maria Luisa Gomez Ramirez has received a Non-Tenure Faculty Release for her project, Spanish on the Stage.  She will create a website designed to improve listening comprehension of learners of Spanish.  It will include links to short dialogues from movie scenes accompanied by scripts, pre-listening, listening, and post-listening activities. 

April 2017

The Department of Modern Languages congratulates:
Scholarship Recipients
Grace Velasco Van De Hoef (Elizabeth Topper Nash and Thomas and Helen E. Cox Scholarships)
Gabriela O’Connor (Elizabeth Topper Nash, Thomas L. and Helen E. Cox Scholarship, and Corinda Crews Moeller Scholarships)
Debora Ruiz (Roberto Galván/San Marcos Lions Club Scholarship)
Tina Cortinas (Roberto Galván/San Marcos Lions Club Scholarship)
Janice Russell (Corinda Crews Moeller Scholarship)
Morgan Stephan (Harold and Betty Marburger Scholarship)

Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Kara Reyemeyer

Outstanding Graduate Student
Mohit Mehta

April 9, 2017

Spanish graduate student Mohit Mehta was initiated into the The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at a ceremony on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Former San Marcos mayor Daniel Guerrero gave the keynote address. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Texas State became the 325th chapter of Phi Kappa Phi during a ceremonial installation on October 10, 2013. Students must be in the top 10% of their program in their last year to be invited to membership.

Photo of Mr. Mohit Mehta
Mr. Mohit Mehta

March 27, 2017

Modern Languages faculty Dr. Sharon Ugalde, Dr. Yasmine Beale-Rivaya, and Dr. Catherine Jaffe presented their research on medieval, 18th-century, and 20th-century women in Spain at the Women and Gender Research Collaborative 2017 symposium, "Century of Conflict: Dialogues on Women, Gender, Intersectionality and Militarism," on March 24, 2017. Dr. David Navarro moderated the panel, entitled "Women's Experiences in War and Conflict: Literary and Linguistic Perspectives."

Drs. David Navarro, Sharon Ugalde, Yasmine Beale-Rivaya, and Catherine Jaffe
Drs. Navarro, Ugalde,
Beale-Rivaya, and Jaffe

March 2017

Dr. Moira Di Mauro-Jackson helped organize and presented a paper at the Conference of Italian Researchers on 25 March, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Hosted by the Italian Consulate General in Houston, this event featured Italian researchers from natural sciences to liberal arts, technology and medicine. The conference facilitates the sharing of discoveries and research not only in the United States but throughout the global academic community.

March 2017

Spanish and Math major Osvaldo Marquez Rubio is the new president of Texas State's Chess Club, and Spanish lecturer, Dr. Susana Villanueva Eguía Lis, is the club's new faculty advisor.

Photos show Texas State team members with Dr. Eguía Lis, and in competition, at the Southwest Collegiate Championship held at Texas Tech University on February 25.


Read more in article from University Star

February 2017

Public Lecture
"Cervantes's Immaterial Bodies"
by Prof. Anne J. Cruz
University of Miami
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5:15 p.m., Centennial Hall G02
Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, the Honors College, the Department of English, the Department of History, and the Department of Philosophy

October 13, 2016

Texas State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to Hold Initiation

The Texas State University chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—will initiate its newest class of members on Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Dr. Michael Hennessy, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will serve as the keynote speaker.



May 10, 2016

Portrait of Carla Gomez

Carla Greszler-Gómez, lecturer in Spanish, has been awarded the 2016 Part-Time Excellence in Teaching Award.

Letter from Liberal Arts Dean Michael Hennessy


April 25, 2016

Dr. Luis Intersimone was elected Executive Director of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies SCOLAS. He will serve a two-year term beginning in 2016.


April 23, 2016

Department of Modern Languages students Estefanía David (Spanish M.A.), Christi Hudgins (Spanish major), and Karina Ramos (Spanish major) were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at a ceremony in Evans Auditorium April 23, 2016. Ambassador Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in Austin, delivered the keynote address. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious all-discipline honor society, and admission is based solely on superior scholarship. Only the top 10% of graduate students who have completed one full year of their degree, the top 10% of undergraduate seniors, and the top 7.5% of juniors are invited to be members. Texas State’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was installed in 2013.

April 22, 2016

On April 22, 2016, University Distinguished Professor Dr. Sharon Ugalde, Dr. Antonio Gragera, Dr. Yasmine Beale-Rivaya, and Dr. David Navarro attended the Second Annual Hispanic Studies Conference hosted by the University of Houston.

Dr. Ugalde gave the plenary address titled: “A New Look for Ophelia in the Cultural Production of Spain.”

Also in attendance were a current graduate student, Alyssa Daley, and former students now pursuing PhDs: Arielle Akines, Isis Campos, Annette Zapata, and Allison Yakel.

April 20, 2016

The Department of Modern Languages congratulates:

Scholarship Recipients

Krystal Kurtz (Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain)
Debora Ruiz (Harold and Betty Marburger Scholarship)
Katharina Redlin (Elizabeth Topper Nash Scholarship)
Osvaldo Marquez Rubio (Elizabeth Topper Nash Scholarship)
Alec Trussell (Elizabeth Topper Nash Scholarship)
Grace Velasco Van De Hoef (Elizabeth Topper Nash Scholarship)
Ivette Colunga (Roberto Galván/San Marcos Lions Club Scholarship)
Juan Carlos Hernandez (Roberto Galván/San Marcos Lions Club Scholarship)
Laura Peña (Roberto Galván/San Marcos Lions Club Scholarship)
Christina Chandler (Corinda Crews Moeller Scholarship)
Katharina Redlin (Corinda Crews Moeller Scholarship)

Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Kurt Engh

Outstanding Graduate Student

Estefanía David


April 13, 2016

At their annual ceremony on April 13, the University’s Student Organizations Council awarded the Boko Award for Honors Organization of the Year to Texas State’s Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi (Epsilon Beta Chapter). Dr. Miriam Echeverría Balboa is Sigma Delta Pi´s faculty advisor.


March 25, 2016

On Friday, March 25, 2016, University Distinguished Professor Dr. Sharon Ugalde, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Women's Studies.

Dr. Sharon Ugalde receiving award, along with Dr. Catherine Jaffe, and Dr. Audwin Anderson
Dr. Catherine Jaffe, Dr. Sharon Ugalde, and Dr. Audwin Anderson


April 18, 2015

Memorial symposium in honor of Dr. Antonio Candau at Valladolid University in Valladolid, Spain. Dr. Candau was professor of Spanish at Texas State University (1991-2001), and afterwards at Case Western Reserve University until his death from cancer in 2013. The symposium featured the celebrated novelist about whom Dr. Candau wrote his dissertation, José María Merino. During his address, Mr. Merino announced that he will dedicate his new collection of stories to Dr. Candau's memory. There were also talks by Dr. Catherine Jaffe and Dr. Sharon Ugalde from the Department of Modern Languages. He is remembered fondly in the department as a fine scholar and a treasured friend and colleague.

Featured Faculty Research

Forthcoming from Camden House in December 2016, Secret Police Files from the Eastern Bloc: Between Surveillance and Life Writing (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture), is edited by Texas State Professor Valentina Glajar, Alison Lewis and Corina L. Petrescu.

Secret Police Files from the Eastern Bloc cover


We in Modern Languages wish to affirm our unwavering commitment to creating and sustaining an intellectually challenging and diverse academic environment through excellent teaching, scholarship, and service for all of our students, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender or gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation. We further embrace the principles of inclusivity and freedom of expression as integral to our mission as professional educators, public servants, and compassionate individuals. READ MORE.

No results.