ALEJANDRA ZAMBRANO

ALEJANDRA ZAMBRANO
308 Bald Hill Rd | Spencer, NY 14883
alemaria@gmail.com | 512.527.4341
EDUCATION
2012
Ph.D.,The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Dissertation: “Sujetos étnicos e identidad nacional: urdimbre y fracaso del proyecto
liberal en Ecuador y Brasil (1865-1936).”
2005
M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Report: “El tiempo en la poesía de Ángel González.”
2002
B.A., Wellesley College
Latin American Studies, Peace and Justice Studies
Honors: Cum Laude
CERTIFICATES
2012
International Certification. Pre-texts Facilitator. Cultural Agents Initiative – Harvard
University, Bogota, Colombia.
2011
International Certification. Theater of the Oppressed. Centro de Teatro do Oprimido,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2010
Portfolio. Nonprofit Studies. LBJ School of Public Affaris, The University of Texas at
Austin.
2001
Study Abroad. University of Cape Town. Cape Town, South Africa.
PUBLICATIONS
Refereed Journal Articles
2013
Co-author. “Programas comunitarios de artes visuales como alternativa al aprendizajeservicio en el extranjero.” Hispania. 96.2 (2013): 342-354.
2012
“Bocetos de una gramática liberal: de la glorificación del trabajo agrícola a la
consagración simbólica de los Andes.” Kipus: Revista Andina de Letras. 32 (2012): 131160.
2011
“Monstruos en la hacienda: el concertaje como narración de la nación.” Revista Temas:
Cultura, Ideología, Sociedad. 65 (2011):30-37.
2008
“La narración de la nación ecuatoriana: del «buen salvaje» al fracaso del proyecto
liberal.” Futhark: Revista de Investigación y Cultura. 3 (2008): 253-267.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Ithaca College – Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
2014-present Lecturer. Conversation II, Intermediate Spanish II
2012-2013
Lecturer. Elementary Spanish I, Intermediate Spanish II
Zambrano – 1 (February 2015)
The University of Texas at Austin – Department of Spanish and Portuguese
2005-2011
Spanish Assistant Instructor. Accelerated First Year Spanish, First Year Spanish I,
Second Year Spanish I and II, Intermediate Spanish II.
2009
Assistant Instructor Abroad (Córdoba, Argentina). Taught Second Year Spanish II
at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
2008
Portuguese Assistant Instructor. Accelerated Portuguese for Spanish Speakers.
2007
Mentor Assistant Instructor. First Year Spanish I.
Graduate Media Specialist. Created digital professional movie segments,
documentaries, and teaching modules for the UT Lower-Division Spanish
Program.
2004
Teaching Assistant. First Year Spanish II, Spanish Language Laboratory.
2003
Graduate Student Technician. UT Spanish Proficiency Exercises Web site.
AWARDS AND HONORS
2014
Winner. StartUp Ecuador-USA. Embassy of Ecuador in Washington.
Fondos Concursables. Consejo Nacional de Cinematografía del Ecuador (CNCINE).
Category: Reseach and Publications.
2012
Fondos Concursables. Consejo Nacional de Cinematografía del Ecuador (CNCINE).
Category: Community-Based Audiovisual Productions.
2011
Research Grant. Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Texas at
Austin.
2010
Professional Development Award. Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin.
Travel Award. Ecuadorian Studies Section of LASA.
2009
Continuing Fellowship. Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin.
Instructional Technology Services Grant. College of Libeal Arts, The University of Texas
at Austin.
2007
Instructional Technology Services Grant. College of Liberal Arts, The University of
Texas at Austin.
2006
Teresa Lozano Long Graduate Fellowship. Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin
American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin.
Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship. Center for Work and Service, Wellesley
College.
2004
Tomás Rivera Fellowship. Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of
Texas at Austin.
2002
Wilcox Fellowship. Foreign Language Department, Concord Academy.
DIRECTING
2013
Directed Short Documentaries Series: “Comidas que curan: Capítulo Manabí.”
www.comidasquecuran.com.ec
Zambrano – 2 (February 2015)
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
2013-present Co-Founder and Mentor-In-Residence. Project Social Impact.
www.projectsocialimpact.com
2009-present Founder and Executive Director. La Poderosa Media Project.
www.lapoderosa.org
2012-2013
Social Innovation Fellow. Dell Social Innovation Challenge.
INVITED TALKS
2015
Guest Speaker/Workshop Facilitator. “Youth Media and Service Learning in Latin
America.” Stony Brook University, February 26, 2015.
2014
Guest Speaker in Prof. Tomás Beviá’s seminar “Latin American Civilization.” Cornell
University, October 28-30, 2014.
Mentor In-Residence in 2014 Project Social Impact Summer Institute. Kingston,
Massachusetts, August 2-16, 2014.
Guest Speaker/Workshop Facilitator. “Community + Arts + Education.” Stony Brook
University, February 21, 2014.
Guest Speaker/Workshop Facilitator. “Empathy/Utopia in Community-Based Film
Projects.” CUNY Staten Island, February 20, 2014.
2013
Mentor In-Residence in 2013 Project Social Impact Summer Institute. Kingston,
Massachusetts, August 10-24, 2013.
2012
Guest Speaker in Prof. Gustavo Licon’s seminar “Case Studies in Global Justice.” Ithaca
College, November 14, 2012.
“The Power of Visual Arts Education in Transforming Latin American Underserved
Communities.” Susquehanna University, March 26, 2012.
2011
“Landscape, Liberalism, and Agriculture in A la costa (1905).” Colorado College,
February 2, 2011.
2010
“Sketches of a Liberal Grammar: The Glorification of Agricultural Labor in the Works of
Luis A. Martínez.” Macalester College, November 22, 2010.
“Youth Empowerment through Film: The Experience of La Poderosa Media Project in
Ecuador.” 11th Conference on the Americas. Creative Agents of Change: Facing
Challenges in our Communities. Grand Valley State University, November 4-6, 2010.
“Social Innovation in Education.” Event co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and
the Center for Work and Service. Wellesley College, April 13, 2010.
CONFERENCE PAPERS
Professional Conferences
2015
Accepted. Discussant. “De la teoría a la acción participativa: metodologías de enseñanza
para el cambio social en América Latina.” LASA’s XXXIII International Congress, San
Juan, Puerto Rico, May 27-30, 2015.
Zambrano – 3 (February 2015)
Accepted. “La Poderosa Media Project: Youth and International Arts Education in
Ecuador.” 2015 Lozano Long Conference: “Nuevas Disidencias: Youth Culture,
Transnational Flows, and the Remaking of Politics in the Americas,” The University of
Texas at Austin, February 18-20, 2015.
2013
“Catecismos de geografía en la España y el Ecuador del siglo diecinueve.” Panel:
Biccentennial Journeys: (Dis)continuities in Hispanic Trasatlantic Literatures, 2013
NEMLA Convention in Boston, March 21-24, 2013.
“#YoSoyPoderos@ - Arts Interventions in Latin America: From Short-Story to ShortFilm.” Selected Innovation Presentation in Global Immersive Learning Panel. Ashoka U
Exchange, San Diego, February, 2013.
2012
“Liberalismo y agricultura en la obra de Luis A. Martínez.” Ecuadorian Section
Sponsored Panel: El Centenario de la Independencia y la Revolución Liberal en
Ecuador: Una mirada retrospectiva desde el campo literario y musical. LASA's XXX
International Congress, San Francisco, May, 2012.
2011
“Imaginando al Ecuador a través de la pintura y la literatura: El Chimborazo como
síntesis de la nación liberal.” V Encuentro Sección de Estudios Ecuatorianos de LASA,
FLACSO, Quito, Ecuador, June 1-3, 2011.
2010
“«Paz con Cumandá, sin ella guerra a muerte»: crisis territorial e identitaria en el Ecuador
de finales del diecinueve.” LASA’s XXIX International Congress, Toronto, Canada,
October 6-9, 2010.
“La incorporación del Oriente al imaginario nacional ecuatoriano: Juan León Mera y el
Catecismo de Geografía (1874).” 63rd Kentucky Foreign Language Conference,
University of Kentucky, April 15-17, 2010.
“Forbidden Sibling Love: Cumandá and the Catholic Nation in 19th Century Ecuador.”
Family/Resemblance: Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, The
University of Texas at Austin, March 25-27 2010.
2009
“Territorio, ciudadanía y catolicismo: Cumandá como topografía de la nación
«garciana».” 59th Midwest Association for Latin American Studies Conference-MALAS
The University of Texas at Dallas, November 19-21, 2009.
“«¡Desatraca y boga!»: el cadáver femenino como hito de las fronteras nacionales.” XIX
Congreso de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica AILCFH, FLACSO, Quito,
Ecuador, October 1-3, 2009.
“El conventillo como metáfora nacional: O cortico de Aluizio Azevedo.” 62nd Kentucky
Foreign Language Conferece, University of Kentucky, April 16-18, 2009.
“El tiempo en la poesía de Ángel González.” Poéticas de las Américas, Texas A&M
University, Apr 12-14, 2007.
Graduate Student Conferences
2011
“Bocetos de una gramática liberal: la glorificación del trabajo agrícola en la obra de Luis
A. Martínez.” 19th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Romance
Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin, February 24-26, 2011.
Zambrano – 4 (February 2015)
2009
“Señalar los límites de la nación: novela y catecismo político al servicio de la patria.” 18th
Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Romance Linguistics, The
University of Texas at Austin, November 13-14, 2009.
“Service Learning Abroad: The Case of La Poderosa Media Project in Ecuador.” 18th
Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Romance Linguistics, The
University of Texas at Austin, November 13-14, 2009.
“New Local Designs: Juan León Mera and José de Alencar.” Postcolonial Actualities:
Past and Present, The University of Texas at Austin, October 16-17, 2009.
“O cortiço: uma alegoria do Brasil finisecular.” XXVIV Annual ILASSA Student
Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, February 5-7, 2009.
2008
“El ‘liberalismo del temor’ en la novela indigenista de Jorge Icaza.” LAGO/Spanish &
Portuguese Graduate Student Conference, Tulane University, November 14-15, 2008.
“Cosificación y violencia: el nacimiento de la subjetividad indígena en Huasipungo de
Jorge Icaza.” 17th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Romance
Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin, November 7-8, 2008.
2007
“La Poderosa Media Project: 2006.” 16th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian
Literatures and Romance Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin, March 23-24,
2007.
2005
“El fracaso del proyecto liberal en A la costa de Luis A. Martínez.” 15th Colloquium on
Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Romance Linguistics, The University of
Texas at Austin, April 2, 2005.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
2013
Co-organizer and Instructor, “Connecting Stories: Santiago de Chile and Ithaca
through Collaborative Screenplays.” Collaboration between La Poderosa Media
Project, TeatroTaller, and ¡Cultura” Ithaca. Ithaca, NY
2010-2012
Team Leader, “Hatton W. Sumners Undergraduate Student Leadership
Conference.” UT Center for Ethical Leadership.
2008-2009
President, Graduate Student Organization-GSO. Department of Spanish and
Portuguese, UT-Austin.
2001-2004
Intern/Volunteer/Translator, Latin American Information Agency-ALAI (Quito,
Ecuador); Citybridge (Boston, Massachussets); Asociación Madres de la Plaza de
Mayo-Línea Fundadora (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Mundo Afro (Montevideo,
Uruguay); World Social Forum (Porto Alegre, Brazil); I Encuentro Hemisférico
de Lucha Contra el ALCA (La Habana, Cuba); World Conference Against
Racism (Durban, South Africa).
LANGUAGES
Spanish: Native
English: Fluent
Portuguese: Fluent
French: Intermediate
Zambrano – 5 (February 2015)
SERVICE TO PROFESSION
2010-2012
Vocal, LASA Section on Ecuadorian Studies.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Modern Language Association (MLA)
North East Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)
LASA Section on Ecuadorian Studies
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)
Zambrano – 6 (February 2015)
REFERENCES
The University of Texas at Austin – Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba
Associate Professor
hectordominguez@mail.utexas.edu
512.471.2780
Gabriela Pólit
Associate Professor
gabriela@austin.utexas.edu
512.232.4539
Cornell University – Department of Comparative Literature
Debra Castillo
Professor
dac9@cornell.edu
607.255.7227
Rice University – Center for the Study of Languages
Rafael Salaberry
Professor/Director
rafaels@rice.edu
512.232.7126
The University of Texas at Austin – LBJ School of Public Affairs
Howard Prince
Professor
hprince@austin.utexas.edu
512.471.4303
Zambrano – 7 (February 2015)