Borja Gutiérrez is a Faculty Lecturer in Spanish and the Administrative Supervisor of Spanish 2 and 3, originally from Madrid, Spain. He holds a B.A. in Modern Languages (Spanish) with a Medieval and Renaissance Concentration from the University of Dallas, specializing in Spanish Literature and graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He also obtained a M.A. in Spanish and Hispanic-American Literature from The Pennsylvania State University. His principle passion is teaching and he has won several departmental teaching awards over the span of his teaching career at Penn State.
His main areas of study and research are Golden Age Spanish and Colonial Hispanic Literature, History, and Art History; Global Southern Plantation Literature and Human Rights Issues; and LGBT/Queer Studies. He is also interested in Literature of the American South, Social Justice in Hispanic Literature, Caribbean and African American Literature (specifically, Slave Narratives and Autobiographies), Philosophy of Literature and Literary Theory, and the application of innovative technology and pedagogies in the Spanish classroom. Borja's approach to literary and cultural studies aims to be fundamentally interdisciplinary, comparative, philosophical, and transatlantic in nature.
Borja is currently carrying out research for three book-length studies: The Power that Comes from the Land: The Plantation Society in Isabel Allende's Novels; Becoming Human: The Evolution of Gay Rights; Queer Creativities: The Pursuit of Free Being.