Foreign Languages & Literatures
Karen Barahona Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Dietsch Hall 106

Full-Time Faculty in Spanish

Dr. Karen J. Barahona  

Curriculum Vitae 

Since 1990, Dr. Barahona has taught Spanish and English to a wide range of students, from high school and college age to adult learners. Her teaching experience include positions at the American School in Honduras, the University of Honduras, Baldwin Wallace University and the University of Georgia where she received the Outstanding Teaching Award, Romance Languages, in 2010.

Her research interest is contemporary Latin American literature and culture with a focus on 20th-21st centuries narrative. Her primary specialization includes studies of gender, race, and sexuality in contemporary Latin American women’s fiction. She proposes that, due to revolutionary and political events in the Americas, women had to redefine their search for equality from national and personal perspectives. In the broadest of terms, her research represents an inquiry into cultural, political, and social processes in Latin America in the 20th-21st centuries.

Additionally, Dr. Barahona has studied the relationship between the political revolutions in Central America and the Southern Cone context. Her research analyzes the testimonial discourse that responded to the process of women’s emancipation in the revolution and political processes. To explain the efforts of testimonial literature toward building a national and individual identity, she focuses her research on theories of testimonial discourse, the representation of the Other, the search of the mother, the indigenous representation, and the decolonization in Third World Literature.


  • Elementary Spanish: SPN 101
  • Elementary Spanish: SPN 102
  • Intermediate Spanish: SPN 201
  • Intermediate Spanish: SPN 202
  • Spanish Translation: SPN 250
  • Spanish Civilization: SPN 310
  • Spanish-American Civilizations: SPN 311
  • Advanced Conversation and Composition: SPN 335
  • Survey of Spanish Literature SPN 375
  • Survey of Spanish-American Literature: SPN 376
  • Core Curriculum: LAS 200
  • Honors Thesis: 491



Barahona, Karen. Creativity and Science by Joanna Page. Hispamerica. Issue 129 (2014): 117 Print.

Barahona, Karen. “Sofía de los presagios: Gioconda Belli.” Hispamerica. Issue 126 (2014): 111-114 Print.

Barahona, Karen. Preface. Crisis. By Jorge Majfud. Ed. Baile del Sol. Tegueste, Tenerife: Islas Canarias, 2012. 7-9. Print.

Barahona, Karen. “Las peripecias de la inmigración en una novela. Revista Cultural Iberoamericana ‘El PortalVoz.’ Televisiones Educativas y Culturales Iberoamericanas, 7 Feb., 2014. Web.

Barahona, Karen. “Sobre Crisis (Novela de Jorge Majfud).” ALAI, América Latina en Movimiento. Agencia Latinoamericana de Información. 4 Feb., 2014. Web.

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