Dr. Rachel VanWieren

College of Letters and Sciences
Arts and Humanities

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College of Letters and Sciences

Rachel VanWieren is a full-time Associate Professor of Spanish at National University at the Los Angeles campus. She is also the Academic Program Director for the BA program in Spanish. Previous to this position, she was an Assistant Professor at Morgan State University. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA, an MA in Literature from the Universidad de Chile, and a BA in Spanish from Hope College.

Dr. VanWieren teaches a wide range of courses in the Spanish program at NU, from introductory Spanish classes to Latin American literary and culture courses. She enjoys working with students at all levels to improve their language and cultural competency skills.

Dr. VanWieren’s research is in the field of Latin American literary and cultural studies. Her current focus is on representations of Patagonia’s colonization and settlement in Chilean and Argentine cultural works, with a particular interest in fictional portrayals of migrant workers and adventurers.

“Reconsidering the Patagonian Worker Movements of the 1920s: Francisco Coloane’s and Luis Sepúlveda’s Rebellious Chilotes.” A Contracorriente 14.3 (2017): 127-142.

“Sketching Social Mobility in the Gold Rushes of California and Patagonia: Bret Harte and Manuel Rojas.” Hispanófila 173 (2015): 281-291.

“Crisis in the Search for Gold in Depression Era Chilean Rewritings of the Legend of the City of the Caesars.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 44 (2010): 127-46.

“A Conversation with Andrew Brown: Mashing Up Latin American Literature, Science, Technology, and the Post-human.” Interview by Victoria L. Garrett and Rachel VanWieren. Mester 39 (2010): 149-160.

“La amenaza del femicidio: Mujeres selk’nam e inmigrantes fueguinos en El guanaco blanco (1980) de Francisco Coloane y El corazón a contraluz (1996) de Patricio Manns.” América Latina en el nuevo milenio: procesos, crisis, y perspectivas. Eds. Elena Oliva, Alondra Peirano, Elisabet Prudant, Javiera Ruíz. Santiago: Universidad de Chile, 2009. 93-108.

“La ciencia al servicio del imperio español: Antonio de Córdoba y el Estrecho de Magallanes.” Revista de Humanidades 15-16 (2007): 169-80.