Colleen Ebacher, PhD



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Ph.D. University of Michigan in 1992

Areas of Expertise

Research and teaching interests/publications are film and literature, colonial studies, and technology integration.


Colleen Ebacher is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies.  She began her work at Towson University in 1995 as Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures.  From 2005-2007, she served as Director of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish and M.A. in Spanish from Marquette University in Wisconsin.  While studying for her B.A., she completed a year at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.  She also completed two years of study for the Master’s degree at the Universidad de Concepción in Chile.  She earned her Ph.D. at The University of Michigan in 1992. Dr. Ebacher has taught both undergraduate and graduate student courses in Spanish language, Culture and Civilization of Latin America, Latin American literature, colonial studies, translation and interpretation, film, women writers and immigration.  She has developed and taught numerous experiential learning courses and programs including immersion experiences in global contexts, diplomatic simulations, and service-learning with many Baltimore and Baltimore County non-profit, governmental and K-12 public and private schools. She has received several international grants including five Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad and a 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant. Dr. Ebacher’s current research is on indigenous responses in text, art and architecture to conquest and colonization and, more contemporarily, on the Hispanic stories of immigration. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary in nature and is grounded in the study of literature, anthropology, history, philosophy and art.

Select Publications:

“Images of a Counter Space: The San Pedro Apóstol Church in Andahuaylillas, Peru as Heterotopia.” Hispanic Journal. Vol. 39. No. 1 (Spring 2018): 11-40.

“Whose Paradise Is This?: The Sixteenth-Century Murals of Malinaco as Heterotopia.” Hispanic Journal. Vol. 37. No. 2 (Fall 2016): 47-72.

“Taking Spanish into the Community: A Novice’s Guide to Service Learning.”  Hispania.  Vol. 96 No. 2 (2013): 397-408.