Chair and Professor of Spanish

Lawrence University
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A native of Spain, Rosa Tapia holds a doctorate in Spanish Literature from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Arts in Spanish and Foreign Language Education from the University of Delaware, and a Licenciatura in English Philology from the University of Granada, Spain. Tapia is a professor of Spanish at Lawrence University, where she teaches courses in Spanish and Latin American culture, literature and film. She received the Young Teacher Award in 2005 and the University Award for Excellence in Advising in 2014.

In collaboration with Cecilia Herrera, Tapia organizes the Lawrence University Latin American and Spanish Film Festival. LULASFF features recent award-winning titles, Q&A’s with international directors, actors and producers (Juan Andrés Arango, Rubén Mendoza, Adrián Saba, Moisés Sepúlveda, Solveig HoojesteijnBrionne Davis, Arí Maniel Cruz, Carla Cavina, etc.) and talks by renowned intellectuals (Walter MignoloPaul Julian Smith, Sophia McClennen and Javier Guerrero).

In 2016, Tapia became Faculty Director of Advising at Lawrence University and joined the College Board’s national Development Committee for the AP Spanish Language & Culture Exam, in which she currently serves as the co-chair for higher education.



  • Global Exchanges in Latin American and Spanish Film
  • 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
  • Spanish Cinema of the “Dictablanda”
  • Portrayal of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Chilean Media
  • 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

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