Carolina Castillo Larrea

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Spanish
Email Office THH 156 Office Phone (213) 740-1258


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
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Spanish Lecturer, University of Southern California, –
  • Conference Presentations

    • “Service-Learning in Spanish 220” , AATSP Southern California Chapter. Talk/Oral Presentation, Invited, Pasadena City College.,
    • “¿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 ConferenceLecture/Seminar,
    • “”García Lorca y Manuel Machado. Visiones del Cante H(J)ondo”” , NeMLA Roundtable/Panel, Montreal, Quebec,
    • “”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 MeetingTalk/Oral Presentation, Regis College, MA,
    • (Spring 2023) SPAN 120. Spanish I, MW 10:00am – 11:50am,
    • (Spring 2023) SPAN 220. Spanish III, MW 12:00pm – 01:50pm,
  • 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. ,