True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” Nikos Kazantzakis

Dr. Yuriko Ikeda is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Global and Cultural Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is originally from Mexico City and moved to the United States when she was 17 years old. She obtained her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Texas Tech University in 2015.

Her research focuses on apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic representations in literature and film. In addition, she is interested in the use of Spanish for specific purposes.

Her teaching experience consists of seventeen years of instruction at three universities, a community college, and two high schools. At Marian University, she has designed and taught a wide range of courses including all levels of language, Spanish for the Professions, Latin American and Iberian Culture and Civilization, and Transatlantic Literature courses.

Julia Baumgardt is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Languages and Cultures. She earned her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Johns Hopkins University and her B.A. in English and Spanish from the Catholic University of America.

Her research focuses on contemporary reimaginings of medieval Iberia and how narrative retellings of Spain’s medieval past intersect with feminism and questions of religious nationalism.  She specializes in contempoarary narratives of al-Andalus, questions of diversity and convivencia, and the inclusion or exclusion of women and Muslims in the Spanish national historical imagination. Dr. Baumgardt teaches all levels of Spanish language and literature courses, with a special emphasis on Spain. She also helps prepare future teachers of Spanish and advises Spanish and Education students.





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