Lawrence University

Associate Professor and Chairperson of Spanish

Director of Faculty Advising, Enhanced Academic Support Initiatives

Director of Latin American and Spanish Film Festival

A native of Spain, Tapia holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Penn State University, a M.A. in Spanish and Foreign Language Education from the University of Delaware, and a B.A. and M.A. in English Philology from the University of Granada (Spain).

Professor Tapia teaches Spanish language, culture, literature and film at Lawrence. She received the Lawrence University Young Teacher Award in 2005 and the University Award for Excellence in Advising in 2014.

Publications and research include a book on the portrayal of Catalan nationalism in the late 20th century Spanish novel, journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations on Spanish and Latin American fiction and film.


  • IN PROGRESS: “Crisis and Masculinities in the Contemporary Spanish Cinema.”
  • EDITOR OF JOURNAL DOSSIER: “Studies on Contemporary Latin American Cinema. [Estudios de cine latinoamericano actual.]” Revista Internacional d’Humanitats (RIH), 29 (Dec 2013).
  • ARTICLE: “Body, Gaze and Gender in Claudia Llosa’s Film The Milk of Sorrow. [Cuerpo, mirada y género en le película La teta asustada de Claudia Llosa.]” Revista Internacional d’Humanitats (RIH), 29 (Dec 2013). 53-62
  • BOOK CHAPTER: “Body, Transition and Nation in Eduardo Mendicutti’s Anyone Can Have a Bad Night” IN Una ética de la libertad: La narrativa de Eduardo Mendicutti. José Jurado Morales (ed.). Visor Libros, Biblioteca Filológica Hispana, Madrid 2012.
  • GRANT: ACM Grant, Introducing Change: Introductory Courses and the Nature of Faculty Work. Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 2013-2014. Project: “Introducing Change in Intermediate Spanish Courses at Lawrence.”
  • CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: “Body, Gaze and Gender in the Peruvian-Spanish Film The Milk of Sorrow.”MACHL 2012, Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 12-14 October 2012.


  • Portrayal of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Chilean Media
  • Spanish Cinema of the “Dictablanda”
  • Dis(re)membering the Nation: Contemporary Film & Fiction of Spain and Latin America
  • The (En)Gendering of Modern Spain: Gender and National Narratives from Romanticism to the Avant-garde
  • Gender, Politics and Current Events in Spain
  • Introduction to Hispanic Film
  • Introduction to Gender Studies
  • The Cinema Of Disillusionment in Colombia
  • Globalization in Spanish and Latin American Film
  • The Films of Pedro Almodóvar
  • The Spanish Horror Film
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • The Fantastic in Jorge Luis Borges’ Fictions
  • Federico García Lorca: Poeta en Nueva York
  • Women and the Civil War in Contemporary Spanish Fiction and Film
  • The Theatre of Antonio Buero Vallejo


Freshman Studies Lecture on Jorge Luis Borges’ Collected Fictions. This Is Lawrence: Freshman Studies (II) (VIDEO)



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