Patricia Swier

Patricia SwierPatricia L. Swier

Associate Teaching Professor of Spanish

Office: Greene Hall 532
Phone: (336) 758-3052


Patricia L. Swier is a lecturer of Spanish at Wake Forest University. Her primary area of research is Latin American Literature with a concentration on gender and its relationship to national identity, which is the focus of her book Hybrid Nations. She is currently investigating the role of trauma and memory in the post dictatorial era of the Southern Cone.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

PhD, Spanish Literature 2005

Advisor: Dr. Maria A. Salgado

Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ

M.A., Spanish Literature 1995, Masters in Spanish

College of Charleston. Charleston, SC

B.A., Spanish and Secondary Education Teaching



Wake Forest University. Department of Romance Languages: Associate Teaching Professor.  2005 – 2015.

UNC Chapel Hill, Teaching Fellow, Chapel Hill, NC. 2003-2005.

Duke University, Lecturer,  Durham, NC. 1997-2000.

Rutgers University, Spanish Instructor1995-1996.



Outstanding Achievement Award at the College of Charleston

Archie Grant 2007-8 for research in Argentina

Archie Grant 2010 for LASA International Conference

Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel, WFU 2011

Provost’s Fund for Faculty Travel, WFU 2013

Leonora A. Ulloa Scholarship, MIFLIC, 2014



2015 The Estudio International Sampere

As a recipient of the Leonora A. Ulloa Scholarship, MIFLIC, 2014, I attended 4 weeks of classes and workshops dedicated to pedagogical development of the study of foreign languages at The Estudio International Sampere in Madrid

2014 Short Films for Cultural Appreciation: Engage your Intermediate Spanish Students


Short films provide a means for language learning, culture and society analysis, visual narrative analysis and provide a rich glimpse of how Spanish-speaking countries view themselves – the good, the bad, and everything in between. Hosted by Daniel Sanchez of the University of Georgia.  Tuesday, September 15, 3:00pm

2014 Video Conferencing 101: An Introduction to WebEx

Workshop on developing web conferences or classes on WebEx. ZSR Library, Sarah Wojcik-Gross.


2014 Easy Webpage Design with Google Sites

Workshop focusing on creating a webpage with Google Sites, which offers a multimedia website and facilitates interaction with students.


2014 Teaching and Learning Center workshop: Structuring and Assessing Group Work

Workshop focusing on planning effective group projects, helping students to work together effectively, and grading their work fairly.

2013 Publishing Digital Books: Making Students’ Work Come Alive

Webinar: The SimpleK12 Team. Seminar on how to collaborate with students in the formation and online publication of online books.

2006 Technology in the Classroom, Wake Forest University

Seminar designed to effectively implement technology in classroom focusing on use of productivity tools, troubleshooting, searching the web and maintaining interest and flexibility with regard to technological advances.



2008-15   Lower level Advisor

Helping Students to assimilate to the college experience as freshman, helping them prepare their class schedules and cover their course curriculum and providing them with general direction about Majors and Career Options.

2007-15   Co- Coordinator of Club Hispano and Spanish Tertulia at Wake Forest University

Club hispano and tertulia is a venue for extracurricular activities allowing students to participate in cultural activities outside of the classroom.  Some of the activities that we provided during the academic year are presentations on Ballet Folclórico in Mexico, a Spanish Dinner for students, promoting Salamanca Study Abroad Program, Salsa classes, Karaoke Christmas Carols and Project Pumpkin.

2007-15   Presenter in the WFU Film Studies Club

Among films presented are: Chico y Rita, Post Mortem, La soledad,  También la lluvia, Cecilia Valdés,

El laberinto del fauno, Machuca, Nostalgia de la luz.

2013 Language across Curriculum

This committee is dedicated to provide multicultural and multilingual approaches to all disciplines in a more global society. Looks for courses through which students can use their foreign language skills in collaboration with other disciplines.

2013 Oral proficiency reviews

Administered oral proficiency reviews to graduating Spanish majors following ACTFL guidelines.

2011-13   Participation in Cuban Project

-Worked with Professor Linda Howe in the translation of documents and the preparation for visit of Cuban musician and composer Zenaida Romeu.

-Worked with Professor Linda Howe in the promotion and study guide of Delirio Habanero, which is published on the following website:

-Assisted in the reception of Cuban poet Nancy Morejon to Wake Forest University

2008-9      Spanish Curriculum working group

Committee appointed to evaluate the curriculum at the Department, examine curriculum at competitive universities and propose any changes that would enrich our current program.

2010-13   ISLI – Intensive Summer Language Institute Spanish Immersion Program

Worked as an Instructor in the Intensive Summer Language Program that offers (SPN 153S) Intensive Intermediate Spanish and (SPN 213) Encounters: Hispanic Literature and Culture. ISLI is an accelerated five-week course designed to develop intermediate proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

2008-2009 Director of Querétaro Study Abroad Program

Responsible for the recruitment for the Querétaro program including the distribution of flyers, attending study abroad fairs, class visits and meeting with students to make sure that all documents and papers were in order.

2009         Wake Forest University Writing Seminar

This Seminar focused on strategies in organization of ideas, writing, publishing and overcoming writers block.


2014- Co-director of Spanish Honors thesis

Co –Director with Kathleen Meyers for Rebecca Boone’s Spanish Honor thesis on Alejo Carpentier’s  El arpa y la sombra and Los pasos perdidos.

2011         Committee member for Spanish Honors thesis

Committee member for Jennifer Veach’s Spanish Honor thesis addressing homosexuality in Mexican film.


2012-14   Planning Committee for Non-Tenure-Faculty

Committee appointed to provide clarity in the evaluation process of Non-tenure line Faculty and to provide standards for improvement towards opportunities for advancement.

2014 Coordinator for Spanish 212

Responsibilities include: updating syllabus and exam shells with new text edition; being a resource for faculty new to 212, and those who have questions about the new online system; ordering all 212 section textbooks for spring.

2014 Faculty Advisor Best Buddies International

Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

2013 Peer Observation of Teaching

Directed by Catherine Ross. Seminar on up to date summative and formative peer evaluation for good teaching practices. This Seminar was instrumental in developing Good Teaching Practices that would fit our Department’s needs.

2011-15   Faculty sponsor and Facilitator of WFU Salsa Club

As the Faculty Sponsor, I was involved in the grass roots implementation of the WFU Salsa Club. In addition to meeting weekly for dance performances, this group reaches out in collaboration with the office of multicultural affairs and offers classes in the Romance Language department and in the community at Latin Festivals, in schools and in retirement homes.

2013-15 Faculty Sponsor for WFU Sign Language Club

This group offers one hour weekly classes in sign language to students at all levels. In addition to providing this wonderful service, the group’s acceptance as a university club has raised awareness for the need for sign language at a wider community level.


2014 Faculty Sponsor for El Salvador Mission Trip

Accompanied students in their mission to El Salvador, assisted in fundraising for medical supplies and helped raise awareness about continuing projects, specifically medical clinics and a soccer training school for young children. 


Transatlantic Studies with a focus on Gender Studies, Nationalism, and the Southern Cone


With the support and funding of the Archie grant I spent 3 weeks in Buenos Aires researching the impact of the dictatorship in the Argentine nation. During this time I did extensive research in the periodicals of the dictatorial and post-dictatorial regime, met with members of the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, as well as the founder of the Hijos de Exiliados. Additionally, I visited memory museums, memory parks and three former places of detainment for the opposition, including ESMA and Club atletico.   2009


2014 “Coaches for Life: Resisting Gang Violence in El Salvador.” Children and Violence in Central America. MIFLIC, Greenville, SC

2013 “Intoxicating Outlaws: Dominance and Sexuality in Gallegos’ Doña Bárbara” (Presentation of book Women Characters in Latin American Literature) LASA

2013  “The Vagina Speaks: The Subversion of Male Solidarity in  Carlos Montaner’s La mujer del coronel,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Kentucky

2012 Displacing Macondo: Pushing the Limits of Identity in Junot Díaz’ Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, MIFLIC, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

2012 The Culturally Charged Iconography of Benny Moré: A Socialist Tool or a Rude Awakening? Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Kentucky

2011 “Textual Penetrations: The Seductive Act of Doppelgänger in Valenzuela’s ‘Los censores’ and Dorfman’s ‘The Reader’ SCLA Charlotte, NC

2011 “La manzana prohibida: el género en la construcción de la identidad.” Carolina Conference, UNC at Chapel Hill, Chair

2011 “Rebellious Rabbits: Childhood Memories and a Dialectics of Resistance” in “History, Memory, and Cultural Discourses: Representations of Violence in Literature and Cinema” * ACLA Vancouver, Canada

2010 “Demons and Dictators: A New Kind of Fairy Tale,” (A Transatlantic perspective of Guillermo del Toro’s El laberinto del fauno and Ariel Dorfman’s La rebelión de los conejos mágicos) LASA Toronto, Canada

2010 “Recovering Gendered Identities in Laforet’s Nada and Díaz’ Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao,” NEMLA Montreal, Canada

2009: “Modernity and Modernismo: The Writer and his Subject,” MIFLIC Furman University, Greenville, S.C.

2008: “Mater dolorosa: National Psychosis and Reconciliation in Ariel Dorfman’s Death of a Maiden LETRAS FEMENINAS Atlanta, Georgia

2008: “Is the book really is better than the movie? The question of locura in Roman Polanski’s interpretation of Death and the Maiden” MIFLIC Wilmington, NC

2007: “Allegorical Migrations: Trauma and Exile in Luisa Valenzuela’s Realidad nacional desde la cama” LETRAS FEMENINAS Sevilla, Spain

2007: “Stratagems of Language and the Role of Self-Censorship in Luisa Valenzuela’s ‘Los censores’ and Realidad nacional desde la cama” MIFLIC Roanoke, Virginia

2007: “Los lazos maternales del patriotismo: inculcando el sujeto nacional en  ‘La muñeca negra’ de José Martí” MIFLIC Roanoke, Virginia

2006 “Unveiling the Mask of Modernity: A Critical Gendered Perspective of José Martí’s Amistad funesta.” LASA, Puerto Rico 2006

2005 “Gendering Nations: An Examination of the (Gendered) Struggle for Power and the Formation of Ambiguous Male National Subjects.” Carolina Conference at UNC at Chapel Hill, NC March 2005.

2004 “Gender B[l]ending in Rómulo Gallegos’ Doña Bárbara.” Carolina Conference at UNC at Chapel Hill, NC March 2004

  1. “Feminizing the Other: Forging a National Identity in Nineteenth-Century Latin American Narrative.” The Carolina and Duke Consortium in Latin American Studies at UNC at Chapel Hill, NC February 2004

2003 “Tracing the Feminine in Alejo Carpentier’s El recurso del método:  Reclaiming National Identity.” MIFLIC Charleston, SC November 2003

2003 “Ècriture Feminine in El Señor Presidente.”  Carolina Conference at UNC at Chapel Hill, NC March 2003


Dictatorships in the Hispanic World: Transatlantic and Transnational Perspectives. Eds.  Patricia L. Swier and Julie Riordan. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers with Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2013.

Hybrid Nations: Gender Troping and the Emergence of Bi-gendered Subjects in Latin American Narrative, Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2009.

Articles and Chapters in Books

“Rebellious Rabbits: Childhood Memories and a Dialectics of Resistance,” April, Chasqui, 2013.

“Recovering Gendered Identities in Laforet’s Nada and Díaz’ Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao,” in Dictatorships in the Hispanic World, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers  with FDU Press, 2013.

“The Culturally Charged Iconography of Benny Moré: A Socialist Tool or a Rude Awakening?” Letras hispanas, 2013.

“New Age Fairy Tales: The Abject Female Hero in El laberinto del fauno and La rebelión de los conejos mágicos. Journal of Feminist Scholarship., 2012.

“Intoxicating Outlaws: Dominance and Sexuality in Gallegos’ Doña Bárbara,” In Women Characters in Latin American Literature, Eds. Eva P. Bueno, and Maria C. Andre, Mcfarland Press, 2012.

“Allegorical Migrations: Trauma and Exile in Luisa Valenzuela’s Realidad nacional desde la cama,Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, 2011.

“José Martí,” and “Huasipungo” in World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia, published by ABC-CLIO, 2011.

“Modernity and Modernismo in ‘La muñeca negra’: Nationalism and “The Discourse of Desire,” Confluencia, 2009.

“Unveiling the Mask of Modernity: A Critical Gendered Perspective of José Martí’s Amistad funesta”:  In Building Nineteenth-Century Latin America: Re-rooted Cultures, Identities, and Nations, Eds. William Acree and Juan Carlos Gonzáles Espitia, Vanderbilt University Press, 2009.

“Transgendering and the Emergence of Ambiguous National Subjects in Rómulo Gallegos’s Doña Bárbara,Hispanic Journal, 2008.

Book Reviews

Yajaira M. Padilla. Changing Women, Changing Nation: Female Agency, Nationhood, and Identity in Trans-Salvadoran Narratives (Suny Series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture), 2013. Letras Femeninas, 2015.

Bilbija, Ksenija, and Leigh A. Payne. Accounting for Violence: Marketing Memory in Latin America. Durham, N.C.: Duke UP, 2011. Letras Femeninas, 2012.

Araceli Tinajero’s Cultura y letras cubanas en el siglo XXI, Letras Femeninas, 2011.


Shelley Godsland. Writing Reflection, Reflecting on Writing-Female Identity and Lacan’s Mirror in Helena Parente Cunha and Sylvia Molloy. Valladolid, España: Universitas Castellae, 2006. Letras Femeninas, 2009.


Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz. Mothers, Lovers, and Others: The Short Stories of Julio Cortázar. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2004. Hispanic Journal, 2008.

Raúl Marrero-Fente’s Playas del Árbol: Una visión transatlántica de las literaturas hispánicas. Hispanófila, 2007.

Introductory Spanish: Spanish 111 and Spanish 113

Intermediate Spanish: Spanish 153 and Spanish 154

Introduction to Culture: Spanish 212- Exploring the Hispanic World

Introduction to Literature:  Spanish 213 and Spanish 214- Intro to Literature Honors

Spanish Conversation: Spanish 316

Advanced Grammar: Spanish 319

Introduction to Hispanic Studies, Writing Seminar: Spanish 216

Spanish Immersion Program: ISLI

First Year Seminar: Who’s on Top? Gender and Power in Hispanic Dictator Narrative

Independent Study: El modernismo y el nacionalismo en Hispanoamérica

Independent Study: Memory and Trauma in the Southern Cone

Spanish 280: The Spanish-Speaking World: Portals and Perspectives. Interdisciplinary bridge class including narrative, film, music, poetry and dance