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Carolina Castillo Larrea

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1258
Office: THH 156


Biographical Sketch

Carolina holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature from Boston University. She  began her teaching career at Wellesley College, where she first discovered her passion for teaching Spanish to foreign speakers. She also taught Spanish courses at Boston University, obtaining for three consecutive years the Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Carolina has been a member of the Trojan family since 2011. At USC she has taught courses in Iberian and Latinoamerican Literatures, Spanish Language, and a Reading for Knowledge seminar for graduate students. She has also participated in the Valencia Study Abroad Program.

Her scholarly interests include teaching methodology, use of technology in the classroom, and Medieval and Renaissance Literatures. She is currently in the process of publishing a critical edition of the epistolary novel Processo de cartas de amores (1548).



Ph.D. Hispanic Language and Literature, Boston Unversity, 1/2014
B.A. Filologia Hispanica, Universidad de Cordoba, 6/2006

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Spanish Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2011-2012   

Other Employment

Teaching Fellow, Boston University, 2008-2011  
Teaching Assistant, Wellesley College, 2006-2007   

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Service-Learning in Spanish 220", AATSP Southern California Chapter. , Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Pasadena City College., Invited, Spring 2014   
"¿Torpeza estilística o audacia narratológica? La función del autor-narrador en la novela sentimental española de los siglos XV-XVI", 65th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lecture/Seminar, Paper, Spring 2012   
""García Lorca y Manuel Machado. Visiones del Cante H(J)ondo"", NeMLA , Roundtable/Panel, Paper, Montreal, Quebec, Spring 2010   
""Avances hacia el futuro en la enseñanza del español: Almodóvar para todos. De cómo incorporar el séptimo arte a la enseñanza del español."", AATSP 11th Biennial Northeast Regional Meeting, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Regis College, MA, Fall 2009   

New Courses Developed

Life and Culture in Spain., USC Study Abroad Valencia Program., The course focused on a variety of aspects that define Spanish life and culture. From family to food, and from politics to regional identity, the students were able to contrast this theoretical vision of "Spain," with their own in situ experiences. The course also held sessions to help students to build up their vocabulary and to improve/review some key aspects of Spanish grammar and structure., 06/16/2012-07/13/2012  

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

SPAN 240 Level Coordinator, 2015-2016   

Other Service to the University

Director of Spanish Brigades, a community outreach program between USC and USC Hybrid High. , 01/2015-05/2016  
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