Advanced Spanish, Spanish Literature and Culture
Dr. Pertusa's area of specialization is contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Literature. She was co-editor of the book Tortilleras: Latina Lesbians (Temple Press 2003), and author of La salida del armario: Lecturas desde la otra acera (Libros del Pexe 2005), a book on the Hispanic writers Esther Tusquest, Carme Riera, Cristina Peri Rossi and Sylvia Molloy. She is also co-editor of the short stories anthology Un deseo propio. Cuentos de escritoras españolas (Barcelona: Bruguera 2009).Together with articles on Hispanic women writers, Dr. Pertusa also has published articles on instructional technology, and study abroad. She is the state director of the KIIS Study Abroad Program in Spain. She is the editor of the multidisciplinary critical journal Ámbitos Feministas, the president of Feministas Unidas, and past Secretary of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. She is currently working on a monography on female detective fiction in Spain.
Dr. Pertusa was born in Spain. She holds a Licenciatura in Ciencias de la Información from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and a Master on Library Science (Documentación) from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She completed her M.A. in Hispanic Literature at the Univerity of Arkansas, and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Once upon a time she was a professional photo journalist, and worked for several Spanish newspapers like Marco Real, and the ABC in Spain. She won many photography and literary contests in Spain, and now she thinks that one day she will drop everything and she will just dedicate her days to take pictures with her iPhone. She enjoys running, and has participated in manyraces in the USA, Mexico, and in Spain. She also likes singing and dancing but she is terrible at both (but don't tell her!). What she is really good at is cooking; she makes a mighty "paella" and wonderful "tamales".