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Dina Rivera

Lecturer of Spanish

142 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-4252

Office Hours:

  • R: 4:00-5:30 pm
  • F: 1:00-2:30 pm
  • By appointment


  1. PhD candidate, Spanish Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs
  2. MA, Spanish Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs


Dina Rivera earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico and completed graduate coursework in the same field at Yale University, where she worked as a senior lector, teaching Spanish language and culture. After some years working as a World Languages editor, she obtained an M.A. in Spanish Studies at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where she is currently working towards her PhD. 

This fall, Dina will be teaching Spanish 2 at Penn State’s World Campus. She has taught a variety of language, literature, and culture classes at other institutions, including all levels of basic Spanish, Spanish conversation, Advanced Spanish for heritage speakers, Latinx literature, culture, and society, and Caribbean and Puerto Rican literature. She has published articles on Octavio Paz’s prose poems, and on Gothic and Science Fiction modalities in Puerto Rican literature in IntiCatedral tomada, and the Hispanic Studies Review. Her research interests include all forms of distanced fictions, ecoliterature and ecocriticism, Latinx literature and culture, and the uses film and radio in Latin American culture. She is currently finishing her dissertation on the Gothic modality in Latin American literature, film, and radio. 


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