Karina Bautista

Karina BautistaKarina Bautista

Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Assistant Teaching Professor in Spanish

Office: Greene Hall 542
Phone: (336) 758-5156
Email: bautisk@wfu.edu


Karina A. Bautista, Lecturer, is a Latin Americanist with a Master of Arts from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research in contemporary Latin American Literature investigates identity formation in Caribbean and Latino literatures. Her studies focus upon Dominican migration, transnationalism, politics of diasporic identity, postcolonialism and the production of knowledge. These foci have led her to intellectual and pedagogical endeavors that encompass, but are not limited to: papers presented in the fifth biennial Lugano Conference on Caribbean Literature and Culture (Switzerland, 2010), in the American Culture Association Conference (PCA/ACA 2007) and in the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA 2001). She has taught a First Year Seminar at Wake Forest University, titled “U.S. Latino Literature in the Time of Globalization”, has published in the Utah Foreign Language Review and has recently (2011) submitted an article for a scholarly edition on Julia Alvarez’s writings to SUNY PRESS.


Ph.D. in Latin American Literature (May 2010)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.

·  Spanish American Literature and Culture with an
emphasis on Caribbean and U.S. Latino literatures.
·  Literary Theory

Dissertation: “La evolución discontinua del pensamiento poscolonial en el siglo XX: los
conflictos de la identidad colectiva en la ensayística de latinos en los Estados Unidos.”

Master in Spanish Language, Literature & Culture (1998)
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

· Latin American Literatures
· Literary Theory (Semiotics)

Bachelor of Arts: Sociology and Spanish (1993)
State University of New York (College at Cortland),
Cortland, NY.


Wake Forest University (NC), Language and Literature Instructor (2005-present)
Teaching basic through advanced languages courses, introduction to literature of the
Spanish-speaking world, and first- year seminars on U.S. Latino literature.

Smith College (MA), Spanish Lecturer (2004-2005)
Taught Intermediate Spanish.

Amherst College (MA), Spanish Lecturer (2004-2005)
Instructed Intermediate Spanish, Reading and Analysis of Literary Texts.

University of  Massachusetts Amherst (MA), Teaching Associate (1998 – 2005) 
Department of Spanish and Portuguese & Division of Continuing Education
Taught basic, intermediate and advanced Spanish courses

Chittenango High School (NY), Part-time Spanish Teacher  (1997 – 1998)
Taught basic and intermediate Spanish courses. 

University College (NY), Spanish Instructor  (1997)
Division of Continuing Education, taught Beginning Spanish Course.

Syracuse University (NY), Spanish Instructor (1994 – 1997)
Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Taught Basic, Intermediate and Conversational Spanish.


“CARIBBEAN UNBOUND IV: Vodou & Créolite”  (2011)  
Franklin College Conference on Caribbean Literature and Culture, Lugano, Switzerland.
“En las arenas movedizas de la diáspora dominicana: constitución del Estado
transnacional en la ensayística de Julia Álvarez.”
Enfoque: Política de emigración e identidad en el texto literario

The Popular Culture and American Culture Associations – PCA/ACA (2007)
Marriott Copley Place from, Boston, MA.
“The Caribbeanness on the Move:  Un-Tracing Identity in the Narrative of Junot Díaz and Julia Álvarez.”

51st Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language (2001) 
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC.         
“El amor:  sentimiento innato o construcción de género. Análisis de su concepción en la obra de
João Guimarães Rosa y Clarice Lispector.”

XXIII (LASA) International Congress of the Latin American Studies  Association (2001)
Washington, DC
Chair of the Panel
Paper  presented:  “Literatura y Diáspora: observaciones sobre género y discurso en la literatura ‘dominicanyorquina’.”

New England Council of Latin American Studies (2001)
Salem State College, MA.
“La autocrítica en ‘Los Sobrevivientes’ de Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.”

“The Importance of Personal Experiences in Reading and Writing” (2000)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.

New England Council of Latin American Studies (2000)
Amherst  College, MA.
“Ecos del período colonial: identidad y nacionalidad en la República Dominicana.”

Tenth Congress Of Graduate Students (1995)
Syracuse University, NY.                                                               
“El signo cultural como texto artístico.”


Semifinalist in the Five College Fellowship Program (2004)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.

Distinguished Teaching Award Nomination (2002 – 2003)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.

Outstanding Student in Latin American Studies (2002)
Worcester, MA.
New England Council of Latin American Studies.
Nominated by Prof. Nina Scott

Teaching Assistantship (1998-2004)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.

Opportunity Fellowship (1998)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.

Teacher Assistantship  (1994- 1996)
Syracuse University, NY.

Community  Service Award (1994)
Syracuse University, NY.
Awarded by Latino Undergraduates Changing History in America (La Lucha).

The Future Professoriate Project (1997)
Syracuse University, NY.
Awarded by the Graduate School and the Foreign Language Department.
The Project provided a wide range of experiences and activities (such as conferences,
portfolio workshops, etc.), all designed to provide great skills and  knowledge for future professors.

Provisional/Certification Program for Spanish Teachers (1997)
State University of New York, College at Cortland.
Cortland, New York.
Completed: The SUNY Cortland general requirements for the New York State Teaching License (1997)
Certificate in Secondary Education Spanish
The N.Y. State Teaching Skills Exam


Editor of Reflejos (2010)— A student literary magazine sponsored by the Romance Language
Department atWake Forest University.

Student Academic Advising — Wake Forest University (2010— to present)

Co-coordinator of Tertulia 2006 (Spanish Students Discussion Group)
Wake Forest University, NC.

Graduate Steward, Graduate Employment Organization (1999)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.
Represented as Steward  the Teaching Associates of the Spanish and Portuguese Department
before the Graduate Student Union. My duties included bringing before the Union all
work-related issues and concerns the graduate students needed addressing.

“De la pluma al papel” (1995-1996)
Syracuse University, NY.
Founded this graduate organization to arrange literary conferences and readings for creative writers.


Salamanca Summer  Program Assistant Director (2003)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.
Organized and oversaw all activities pertaining to Program application process while in
the USA, and supervised students both in dormitory and on excursions while abroad.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Course Coordinator (2000 – 2001)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.
Oversaw completion of course objectives, planned and organized students’ assignments,
evaluated assessment materials and strategies, mentored fellow instructors, and prepared
workshops on writing and reading.

Youth Program Coordinator  (1993 – 1994)
Spanish Action League, Syracuse, NY.
Tutored Latino students in English and Spanish, organized recreational activities,
drafted reports for various government agencies /institutions, attended conferences
and served as liaison between parents and school officials.

Rheedlen Foundation Youth Counselor (1989)
New York City, NY.
Assisted children and teenagers of diverse cultural background with academic
& personal challenges, participated in various counseling-training sessions, served as
mediator between children/youth and parents.


Bridging Disciplinary Differences: Graduate Student Conference (2002) 
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.
Recited my poetry on migration and the Latino experience in the United States.

University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA.
Read my creative pieces on urban life, family and politics of love.