Adriana Rojas

Adriana Rojas

Office Phone: (540) 432-4666


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 210

Assistant Professor

Language & Literature Dept

“I believe learning a language is a fundamental component of who we are and how we understand the world. In the classroom, I aim to provide my students with life skills, inspire them to study in other countries, challenge their expectations and prejudices, and encourage them to cultivate understanding and respect for others. I am intrigued especially by the complexity of narrative that conveys not only ‘facts’ or emotion, but also an underlying ideology.”

Adriana earned her PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of Virginia. She also has a BA in Latin American Studies and Literature at American University and an MA in Hispanic Studies at the University of Virginia. She was administrator and instructor for the UVa Program in Peru and selected to teach Hispanic culture for UVa’s Summer Language Institute. She joined the Language and Literature Department at EMU in 2012 where she teaches Spanish language, literature, and film. In 2017 she led nineteen magnificent students on a cross-cultural to Spain.

Adriana’s primary research interests are twentieth century literature and film, Andean literature and culture, trauma and resilience narratives, and Hispanic American women writers. Her dissertation, “From Manchay Tiempo to ‘Truth’: Cultural Trauma and Resilience in Contemporary Peruvian Narrative,” tracks the development of cultural production in postconflict Peru. She explores how contemporary narrative responds to the wound inflicted upon Peruvian national identity in the aftermath of truth and reconciliation and attempts to provide Peru’s population with some measure of closure and healing.


Ph.D. Spanish, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, December 2014

  • Dissertation: “From Manchay Tiempo to ‘Truth’: Cultural Trauma and Resilience in Contemporary Peruvian Narrative”

M.A., Spanish, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, May 2010

  • Thesis: “Tabla rasa, manifiesto y estraza en Tristana de Galdós”

B.A. with honors, Latin American Studies and Spanish, and Literature, American University, Washington, DC, December 2004

  • Senior Honors Capstone: “Respuestas a la paternidad literaria en la literatura latinoamericana”


Rojas, Adriana B. (Forthcoming). “Mother of Pearl, Song and Potatoes: Cultivating Resilience in Claudia Llosa’s The Milk of Sorrow.” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • “Discussing the Undiscussable: The Ethics of Peruvian Detective Fiction,” Flash Seminar, Eastern Mennonite University, March 16, 2016.
  • “From Margin to Center: A Paradigm of Restorative Justice in the Negotiation and Design of Villa El Salvador,” Urban Transformations in Latin America, John Hopkins University, April 3, 2015.
  • “From Romantic Disillusionment and Existential Angst to Human Solidarity: The Poetic Trajectory of Pablo Neruda,” Lecture for LIT 230 Global Literature, Eastern Mennonite University, March 11, 2014.
  • “Mother’s Milk, Song, and Potatoes,” Lecture for PAX551 Identity, Dignity, & Conflict Transformation, Eastern Mennonite University, November 2013.
  • “The Drake of the South China Sea: the Pirate Narrative in González de Mendoza’s Historia de la China,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Kentucky University, April 2013.
  • “Citizenship by Design: Displacement, Segregation, and the Politics of Exclusion in Shenandoah National Park,” English Department, Race, Space and Culture Symposium, University of Virginia, December 2010.
  • “La corporalidad en Fuenteovejuna,” Graduate Student Lecture Series, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia, October 2010.
  • “Tabla rasa, manifiesto, estraza en Tristana de Galdós,” Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Interdisciplinary Conference “Travel, Journeys, and Quests: Movement and Meaning”, University of Virginia, April 2010.
  • “El papel surrealista de Susana San Juan en Pedro Páramo,” Mid-Atlantic Conference of Latin American Studies, Muhlenberg College, February 2004.

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Release-Time Grant, Eastern Mennonite University, Spring 2018.
  • Summer Research Grant, Eastern Mennonite University, 2016.
  • Summer Teaching Grant, Eastern Mennonite University, 2016.
  • Fellowship, Eastern Mennonite University, Spring 2014.
  • Teaching Assistantship, University of Virginia, 2008-2012.
  • Juan Espadas Prize for best undergraduate paper presented at 2004 MACLAS XXV.

Professional Memberships

Modern Language Association, 2014-present.
Latin American Studies Association, 2014-present.

Professional Conferences Attended

LASA2017 / XXXV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. Lima, Perú, April 29-May 1, 2017.

Thinking Andean Studies, University of Pennsylvania, February 10-11, 2017.

LASA2016 / XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. New York City, May 27-30, 2016.

“Colonial Intersections,” University of Maryland, Mexican Cultural Institute, Library of Congress, October 11-13, 2012.

New Courses Taught

SPAN 370 Hispanic American Civilization, Fall 2017
SPAN 460 Ecological Thought, Spring 2017
SPAN 440 Society and Conflict in Hispanic Poetry and Drama, Fall 2016
SPAN 430 Marginalized Voices, Fall 2015
SPAN 320 Advanced Grammar and Composition, Spring 2014
SPAN 395 Survey of Hispanic American Literature, Spring 2014
SPAN 220 Intermediate Spanish II, Spring 2014 Spring 2014 Fall 2013
SPAN 420 The Latin American Novel, Spring 2013
SPAN 360 Spanish for Healthcare Professionals, Spring 2013

EMU Service

  • Organized and co-led workshop, Interpreting for Social Justice.
  • Supervised Spanish major capstones.
  • Served on Faculty Search Committee.
  • Organized Tertulias.
  • Helped organize of an evening celebrating Hispanic culture and language: Noche Bohemia.
  • Conducted in conjunction with Spanish Instructors a Hispanic Film Series: Water

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