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Adriana Rojas

DEPARTMENT: Language & Literature Dept

POSITION: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 210

PHONE: (540) 432-4666


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. “Mother of Pearl, Song and Potatoes: Cultivating Resilience in Claudia Llosa’s The Milk of Sorrow.” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas. 14.3 (2017): 297-314.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • Panelist, “Building Resilience: Community & Individual Emergency Preparedness” Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Silver Spring, May 23, 2018.
  • “The Limits of Transitional Justice: The Effect of Injustice on the Resilience of Survivors in Cuchillos en el cielo (2013).” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, April 2018.
  • “Memory, Resilience, and Restorative Justice in Ojos de Pez Abisal (2011) de Ulises Gutiérrez Llantoy,” XXII Congreso Internacional de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos, Quito, March 7-9, 2018.
  • “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.