Kristina Medina-Vilariño

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Assistant Professor of Spanish
B.A. in Hispanic Studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Ponce, Puerto Rico
M.A. in Spanish at the University of Florida in Gainesville
Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Two graduate Minors in Latin American Studies and Latino/a Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Semester I Office Hours
M  2:00 – 3:00
Tu 11:40 – 12:40
Th  1:00 – 3:00

Tomson 345
(507) 786-3531


I strive to foster a classroom environment of collaborative work and equality, where students share ideas and help each other. This way, students have an active role in their learning process and volunteer to participate more in class, whether in group work, presentations, or open discussions.

I am originally from Puerto Rico, and generally teach intermediate and advanced Spanish courses. My research and courses emphasize theoretical approaches to transitional film and literatures, migration studies, gender and sexuality, national identity, and racial theory. I specialize on Hispanic Caribbean contemporary literatures, film, and cultural studies. Other main areas of my research include Latino/a Studies and Latin American literature and cultures. To learn more about my work and my community click below.