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 Graduate Student Profiles


Luis Bello

Born in Barcelona, Spain, but lived in Córdoba, Spain since he was 11. Earned a B.S in Biology (Zoology) and a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate from the University of Cordoba (Spain). He moved to Kansas City, MO in 2004 where he worked for a Catholic non-profit organization as the manager in the Child Services department for 7 years. Earned his Masters in Romance Languages and Literature (Spanish) at UMKC. After that he got an ESL Teaching Certificate and moved to Japan where he learned some Japanese until he move to CUA to pursue a PhD in Modern Languages (Spanish). His academic interests lies in the Siglo de Oro literature and visual arts especially the Picaresca. He also loves Latin America cinema.


Carla Burns

A native of Perú, Carla is a doctoral candidate in Spanish Literature in the Department of Modern Languages at Catholic University. Her current research focuses on Latin American colonial and transatlantic studies with a concentration on religious women and their role in society. Aside from her passion of Spanish literature and culture, Carla loves teaching. As a teaching fellow she taught at George Mason University where she received her MA degree in 2005. Here at Catholic, she has taught 101 through 104 levels, as well as courses in Advance Composition and Conversation and Special Topics in Latin American culture. In the academic year 2008-2009 she was the recipient of the "Outstanding Instructor" award in the DMLL.


Nélida Devesa Gómez

Nélida was born in El Puerto de Santa María, a small coastal town in the south of Spain. She earned her B.S. in Journalism and Comparative Literature from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. After her studies, she got a Fulbright scholarship and was a Spanish Teaching Assistant at the University of Evansville, Indiana. Back in Spain, she taught English as a Second Language in several schools of languages.
Her academic interests lie in 19th and 20th Spanish novel. She is also very interested in North American literature. Currently, she is an MA candidate and a Teaching Fellow at CUA.

María José Gutiérrez


Native from Madrid, Spain, she loves living outside from her country.
She earned her Doctoral degree at the Alcala University in 2009 specialized in the Earlier Twentieth Century Spanish Novel, and her research is mostly oriented towards Contemporary Spanish Peninsular Literature. She also has a Master in Teaching Spanish as a foreign Language (2009) from Instituto Cervantes, Spain.

She taught Spanish in a variety of contexts from different countries: Tashkent World University of Foreign Languages (Uzbekistan, 2002), Irkutsk State Linguistic University (Russia, 2005), Nanjing University (China, 2005-2007), Instituto Cervantes at Naples (Italy, 2008-2009) and also at Alcala University (Spain, 2010).
Currently she is Teaching Fellow at The Catholic University of America.

Hernán Jara Droguett

Hernán is originally from Idahue (good luck finding it in any map!); a tiny “town” about 2 hours south of Santiago, Chile. He moved to the US in 2001, completing a BA in Spanish translation from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah, 2005), and an MA in Spanish-English translation from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio, 2007). Subsequently he was hired by The University of Akron (Ohio), where he taught various levels of Spanish for 5 years. Currently, Hernán is an MA candidate at CUA, after which he hopes to further pursue the study of Spanish-American literature.

Patricia G. Diaz Suzarte

Borned and raised in Mexico City, she has always been close to different cultures. She studied her degree in Arts Management and Cultural Studies in the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana in Mexico. She has taught many disciplines and languages in Mexico and enjoys getting to know new cultures.
Her academic interests lies in the Viceroyal Period in Mexico, especially the relations between text and image, and the ties between Modern painting and literature during the late 19th and 20th Centuries. Currently, Patty is an MA candidate and a teaching fellow at Catholic University of America 


Jay Trovato

I majored in Spanish Education at Juniata College, where I graduated in 2006. Then, from 2006 until 2012, I worked at Northern Middle School in Hagerstown, MD as a Spanish and World Languages teacher. I greatly enjoy teaching and had a great time working at Northern Middle.
After two years as a part-time student at CUA, I decided to pursue my graduate studies here full-time while working as a Teaching Fellow. My academic interests include etymology, sociolinguistics, and translation. I make a yearly trip to Mexico to visit the wonderful people I met there during my junior year at Juniata.