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Lawrence University

Chairperson, Department of Spanish

Director,  Latin American and Spanish Film Festival 

Faculty Director of Advising

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 teaches Spanish language, culture and literature, film studies, Latin American studies, and gender studies at Lawrence. She received the 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.

Since 2012, Tapia directs the Latin American and Spanish Film Festival, a one-of-a-kind event in northeastern Wisconsin that premieres the best Spanish-speaking films of the season and features events with award-winning filmmakers like Juan Andrés Arango, Rubén Mendoza, Adrián Saba, Moisés Sepúlveda, Solveig Hoojesteijn, and Brionne Davis, as well as renowned scholars like Walter MignoloPaul Julian Smith, Sophia McClennen, and Javier Guerrero.

In 2016, Tapia was appointed as Faculty Director of Advising at Lawrence University.




  • 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
  • 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

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

CONTACT: rosa.tapia@lawrence.edu       +1 (920) 832-6682