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Rebecca Leigh Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Phone: 570-372-4627
Office Location: Bogar Hall Rm 210
Office Hours: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., MWF

Thompson, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Texas in Austin in 2012. Her area of specialization is 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature with a focus on contemporary Andean literature of Peru and literature written by or about Quechua speakers. Specifically, the concepts of race, identity and marginality are recurring points in her investigations.

Her recent publications include an article titled “Wakchas literarios: Al filo del rayo de Enrique Rosas Paravicino,” published in Crónicas urbanas in 2011, and a forthcoming article in Cusco’s literary journal Ángeles y demonios titled “Ch’aska Anka Ninawaman: Violencia, marginalidad e intervención en literatura cusqueña contemporánea.” She has presented her research at various national and international conferences including LASA (Latin American Studies Association), JALLA (Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latinoamericana) and SCMLA (South Central Modern Language Association). She is a member of the Modern Language Association and the Latin American Studies Association.

Thompson enjoys traveling, both for research and for pleasure, to Latin America. Her last trip, in the summer of 2012, included stops in Lima and Cusco, Peru, and La Paz, Bolivia, where she began research for an upcoming project on pan-Andean identities as they are represented in literature. She also enjoys reading and biking in her free time.


  • OFFP-SPANL&C Spanish Language & Culture
  • OFFR-SPANL&C Spanish Language & Culture
  • OFFS-SPANL&C Spanish Language & Culture
  • SPAN-201 Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN-302 Grammar and Composition
  • SPAN-447 Seminar in Hispanic-American Studies
  • SPAN-542 Independent Study

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