Damián Solano Escolano

Damián Solano Escolano
Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish
Assistant Director, Spanish Basic Language Program

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Office Hours: MW 10:30 PM - 12:30 PM (Office & Zoom), T 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Office & Zoom)

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PhD, Spanish, Indiana University / Universidad de Sevilla (cotutela)
MA, Spanish, Indiana University
MA, Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, Universidad de Sevilla
BA, Spanish, Universidad de Sevilla


I recently earned a PhD in Hispanic Literatures & Cultural Studies with a minor in Portuguese from Indiana University-Bloomington. My dissertation title is “Martyrdom and Testimony in Central America during the Cold War: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua (1970-1990).” My research focuses on testimonial discourses from a Transatlantic point of view.

Before becoming a teaching faculty member at Penn State, I taught Spanish language, linguistics, and Hispanic culture at the University of Malta and Indiana University, along with summer study abroad programs in Spain, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.


  • “Miguel Mármol, aspirante a mártir marxista: Testimonio y verdad en Miguel Mármol (1972), de Roque Dalton.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 45, n. 3, 2022 (forthcoming).
  • “En el umbral del horror: Técnicas y funciones del terror en Autobiografía del esclavo de Juan Francisco Manzano.” Latin American Research Review, vol. 56, n. 1, 2021, 113-125.