Lea Ramsdell

Professor & Chair


Contact Information

LA 4210 D
TTh 3:30-4:30 (or by appointment)


PhD, Romance Languages with a Concentration in Twentieth Century Spanish-American and Brazilian Narrative, University of New Mexico, December 1997.

MA, Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, January 1989.

MA, Spanish, University of Iowa, Iowa City, May 1984.

BA, Spanish and Biology, Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, May 1982.

Areas of Expertise


Lea Ramsdell teaches Spanish and Portuguese language classes as well as courses on Latin American literature and culture.  Her research interests include contemporary Latin American women writers, Latinos in the United States, and music and performance as expressions of identity and protest.  Her recent publications include articles on the Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, Cuban hip-hop, and the Cuban performance artist Tania Bruguera.

Currently Teaching - Spring 2018

  • SPAN 312.002 Culture and Civilization of Latin America