Angelica Losano Alonzo

Angélica Lozano-Alonso

Professor of Spanish; Spanish Language Coordinator

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I began teaching Spanish and Latin American Studies at Furman University in the fall of 2001. I have a bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado in French and Spanish and a PhD. from Cornell University in Hispanic Studies with a minor in Women's Studies.

I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. My father was a Chicano from Texas and my mother is from Mexico City. Because both of my parents were in academia we traveled to Mexico every summer to visit my mother's family. After I graduated from high school l received a Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship to spend a year living in Aix-les-Bains, France where I lived with three different French families and studied at a public high school. While in college at the University of Colorado I spent a semester in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. I have led study abroad programs to Costa Rica, Spain, Cuba, and Chile. In 2020, I was appointed to serve as the Faculty Director for The Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

I am married and have two children. I enjoy telling my students about my family and I often use stories about my immediate and extended family to teach language and culture.


  • Ph.D., Cornell University
  • M.A., Cornell University
  • B.A., University of Colorado


My academic training is in Latin American Literature, with an emphasis on Mexican literature, Latino literature and Women's Studies. My current research interests are late 20th and 21st century Mexican and Chicano literature with a focus on Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and spatial studies. My current research projects focus on the representations of Mexico City and the Latinx community in different television series produced in the United States.

I am a certified tester of Spanish of ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Interview and have used my knowledge of language proficiency to guide my pedagogical research.



  • Reframing Latin America: A Cultural Theory Reading of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Co-authored with Erik Ching and Christina A. Buckley. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007.


  • “Chapter 8 Weaving a Transnational Dialogue: From Paris to Mexico City” Co-authored with Carole Salmon. Paris in the Americas: Yesterday and Today. Edited by Carole Salmon. Vernon Press, 2022, pp. 117-131.
  • "The Arts" Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Co-authored with D.H. Bost and D. Marcus. Ed. Henry (Chip) Carey. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers. Fifth Edition, 2022, pp. 391-434.
  • “Seeking Spatial Justice in Reyna Grande’s Work.” Negotiating Latinidades, Understanding Identities Within Space. Ed. Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez. Newcastle Upon Tynem: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015, pp. 73-94.
  • “Latin American Literature.” Understanding Contemporary Latin America. Co-authored with David H. Bost. Ed. Richard S. Hillman & Thomas J. D’Agostino. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers. Fourth Edition, 2011, pp. 379-407.
  • “Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: Modern Spanish American Poets. Ed. María A. Salgado. Detroit: Gale Research, 2004, pp. 153-158.


  • “Incorporating Latinx Studies in the Spanish Major: A Case Study.” Coauthored with Bryan Pearce-Gonzales, Betsy Dahms and Ana Zapata-Calle. MIFLC Review, vol. 21, 2022, pp. 28–53.
  • “Finding Juárez and El Paso in Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club.” CiberLetras. 44 (Aug. 2020): 32-47.
  • “A Cross Generational Conversation about the Future of Teaching Spanish." Hispania Special Centenary Edition. 100.5 (Dec. 2017): 213-219.
  • “Exile, Identity and Friendship in Silvia Molina’s En silencio la lluvia.” South Atlantic Review. 81.1 (Spring 2016): 51-64.
  • “The Pleasure of Devouring Marriage, Mexico, and Gorditas Pellizcadas con Manteca in Italo Calvino’s ‘Under the Jaguar Sun,’” Co-authored with Richard Letteri. Cincinnati Romance Review. 39 (Fall 2015): 239-254. Web. 13 Oct. 2015.
  • “How to Redesign the Chicana Image: Serros’s How to Be a Chicana Role Model, the Internet, and Popular Culture.” Label Me Latina/o. II. (Spring 2012): 1-17. Web. 20 Feb. 2012.
  • “Ana Castillo’s ‘Subtitles’ as Film, Metaphor and Identity.” Confluencia 25th Anniversary Edition. 25.1 (Fall 2009): 46-56.
  • “Pedagogy and Latin American Cultural Studies.” Co-authored with Christina A. Buckley. Hispania. 89.1 (2006): 165-166.
  • “Questioning the Sanctity of History: Brianda Domecq’s La insólita historia de la Santa de Cabora.” SECOLAS Annals. 34 (Oct. 2003): 20-25.

Additional Professional Activities

  • Center for Innovation Leadership Women’s Leadership Initiative instructor (Spring 2024).
  • IDEO-U Certified in Foundations in Design Thinking (Spring 2022).
  • Riley Institute Diversity Fellow (Spring 2022).
  • Women’s Leadership Institute course moderator (Spring 2021).
  • Women’s Leadership Institute participant (Spring 2020).