“My time as a graduate student at Washington University was greatly enhanced by my association with professors that provided necessary criticism but at the same time gave me confidence in my work and studies. One of the greatest things about Washington University is the support I received to carry on with my research abroad. As a colonialist, being able to carry out archival research in foreign countries and examine rare and in some cases previously unstudied sources added a richness that may otherwise have been missing from my work.”
- Catalina Andrango-Walker, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Virginia Tech
“Both as a student and teaching assistant, I always felt very good at Washington University. One of the most positive aspects of the program is the faculty. I personally benefited a great deal from the relationships I formed with some of my professors. My time in Washington University has proved invaluable in my current tenure-track job at Dartmouth College.”
- Julio Ariza, Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College
“As a graduate student, I appreciated the many instances given by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures to further develop my research interests. I will always be thankful for the generous and thoughtful feedback I received from members of the faculty, and for the summer grants that allowed me to revise article manuscripts that were later published in top peer-reviewed journals in my field. Moreover, the broad scope of the classes taught by the faculty allowed me to develop engaging surveys on Hispanic Literatures and Cultures for my students. I was recently awarded the FONDART (Fondo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes), the most important research and artistic grant given by the Minister of Culture in Chile, to complete a book manuscript entitled 'Memoria Fotográfica: Políticas y Estéticas de la Fotografía en Chile 1980-1990,' on the discourses and practices of Chilean documentary and experimental photography during the eighties and early nineties.”
- Ángeles Donoso, Visiting Scholar, SUNY New Paltz
"One of the main advantages of studying at Washington University was having a strong sense of belonging to a program that cared. During my job search, one of the most stressful times of my career, I received direct assistance, caring support and timely advice from my professors. After mock interviews, group editing of my application materials and a healthy dose of informal recommendations, I felt prepared to tackle a particularly competitive job market. Everybody’s help made an enormous difference. Today I have a fulfilling tenure-track job at St. Thomas University that allows me to teach language, culture and literature courses. This semester I am teaching an Honors Course on Latin American women’s experiences during revolutions and violent political conflicts. I could not be more grateful to the program for the preparation and generous support it provided me."
- Paola Ehrmantraut, Assistant Professor of Spanish, St. Thomas University, Saint Paul, MN
"The PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures is a dynamic, intellectually rigorous program that gives students the opportunity to work closely with esteemed faculty. Diverse course offerings and well-established graduate certificates help students develop and pursue interdisciplinary connections in their research, in addition to equipping them with the skills necessary for entrance in the profession. While pursuing the PhD, I taught a wide array of language and literature courses, served as Editorial Assistant on the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and taught in a summer program in Madrid. The department’s excellent professors, training and generous funding and fellowship possibilities helped me successfully complete my dissertation and secure a tenure-track job."
- Kathy Korcheck, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Central College, Pella, IA
“The Graduate Program at Washington University in St. Louis was not only crucial for my intellectual development; it also helped me to acquire valuable tools for becoming a professional in the academic world. As an academic institution, the program provides excellent professors and seminars, as well as support, both financial and intellectual. Besides this excellence, I would like to highlight from my years at Washington University the possibility to work closely with professors, to teach classes at a university level, to work in Study Abroad programs, and also the chance to meet an outstanding group of graduate students.”
- Francisco Leal, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Colorado State University
"There are many things one can fully appreciate about the PhD program at Washington University after becoming a university professor. In my case, a dynamic and rich core of courses I took, both within the department and as part of the Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies, has given me inspiration and flexibility to design my own graduate and undergraduate courses. Most importantly, I have valued the constant guidance and encouragement of my professors, especially of those on my dissertation committee. The education I received in graduate school has endured well beyond my graduate years, and has proven crucial to supporting my research, publication, and grants, as well as to achieving tenure."
- Gloria Medina-Sancho, Associate Professor of Spanish, California State University, Fresno
“My experience as a graduate student at Washington University was unique for many reasons: the atmosphere of intellectual exchange, the willingness of professors to offer their advice and guidance, the wonderful possibilities offered through the vast collection of the WU library as well as many others with inter-library loan. All these helped me concentrate on a fascinating research that led to my dissertation, as well as to other literary-oriented projects. This program also has great perks for graduate students, such as programs abroad, summer scholarships, and access to generous funds for attending conferences, all of which I profited from. The Graduate Program is known for its excellent faculty and for its diversity, so, regardless of your field of interest, you will find a professor that can help you enhance your knowledge, support you, and provide strong course work that will be beneficial, as it has been for me, throughout my teaching career.”
- Nicolás Poblete Pardo, Associate Professor, Universidad Chileno-Britanica de Cultura, Santiago, Chile
Nicolás is the author of numerous novels and short stories collections. His latest work is Cardumen.
“Being a graduate student in the Romance Languages and Literatures Department at Washington University was a unique opportunity that allowed me to grow professionally in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment. For me, one of the most gratifying experiences was having faculty mentors that I could talk to and who offered their expert advice at every level. The variety of courses offered, the emphasis on excellence, and the quality of education I received in this program provided me with a solid base that enabled me to enter the academic community well prepared for the demands of the job.”
- Leonora Simonovis, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Affiliated Ethnic Studies Faculty, University of San Diego