Beth Bauer

Beth Bauer

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies; Associate Director, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 3772
Beth_Bauer@Brown.EDU

Beth Bauer's research and teaching interests include 18th- and 19th-century Spanish Peninsular literature, transatlantic literary relations, and language teaching methodology. Reflecting these interests, her publications have included Contextos: Spanish for Communication (1989) and numerous articles on Galdos, Leopoldo Alas, Juan Valera, and Emilia Pardo Bazan, among others. Her current research examines issues of gender and empire in the travel books of Fanny Calderón de la Barca.

BIOGRAPHY

Before joining the department in 1991, Beth Bauer served as Assistant Professor and Language Coordinator for nine years at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. At Brown, she has continued her involvement in the language curriculum by supervising and coordinating several Spanish courses, as well as teaching Latin American and Peninsular literature courses for undergraduates and graduates. Professor Bauer is a member of various professional organizations, including the MLA and the American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research and teaching interests include 18th- and 19th-century Spanish Peninsular literature and language teaching methodology. Reflecting these interests, her publications have included Contextos: Spanish for Communication (1989) and numerous articles on Galdos, Leopoldo Alas, Juan Valera, and Emilia Pardo Bazan, among others.

INTERESTS

CURRENT RESEARCH/TEACHING PROJECTS AND INTERESTS
Beth Bauer's literary research analyzes fictional representation of cultural phenomena—including gender relations, secularization, and economic transitions—in 18th- and 19th- century Spain and Spanish America. Her current work on Fanny Calderón de la Barca's travel books explore the intersections between Europe and the Americas, gender, and empire in the representation of Old and New World nations.

Professor Bauer's work with language pedagogy explores social constructivist approaches to language learning, including both internet-based intercultural exchanges and community service models. Her course on Hispanic Populations in the U.S. examines Dominican culture in the United States and the Caribbean incorporates options for mentoring Dominican children in the Providence schools and for a spring break work/study trip to rural communities outside Santiago, D.R.

DEGREES

B.A. (Kalamazoo College), M.A. (University of Virginia), Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)

AWARDS

The Harriet Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown University, 2004 Award Winner

AFFILIATIONS

Modern Languages Association
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Asociación Internacional de Galdosistas

TEACHING

SP0074: Intensive Survey of Spanish Literature
SP0055: Hispanic Populations in the U.S. (service-learning)
SP0060: Advanced Spanish Composition
SP0290: Theory and Methods of Foreign Language Teaching

FUNDED RESEARCH

•1997, Brown University Swearer Center Course Development Grant ($2,000) to develop service learning course in which Spanish language learning occurs in both the classroom and the community.

•1999, Brown University Wriston Grant ($3,000) to create a new version of SP0050, Advanced Spanish Conversation.

•2002, Brown University Curricular Development Grant ($3,000) to develop an internet-based, intercultural exchange between Brown Spanish students and English students at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico.

•2004, Consortium for Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Campus-based Grant ($6,000) to create a Spanish Writing Center (Pluma) at Brown.

CURRICULUM VITAE