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Xiomara Nunez Rodriguez

Grad Teaching Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


Xiomara Núñez Rodríguez was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish Language and Literature in the Complutense University of Madrid, studying her final year abroad in the University College of London thanks to an Erasmus scholarship. Subsequently, Xiomara completed her MA in Latin American Literature in the Complutense. She has given an invited lecture titled "The Other Caribbean Islands: Revising Antonio Benitez Rojo’s Concept of the Meta Archipelago and the Role of the Canary Islands in Antillean Identity" at the Arizona Center for Medieval and Reinassance Studies. She has presented in the 23rd Annual ACMRS Conference, the 1st Spanish Graduate Students Conference in Princeton University, , the 2nd Gathering on Literary Research of the Young Hispanists’ Association of the Autonomous University of Madrid, and the 5th Annual Symposium of Graduate and Undergraduate Students in Spanish in the Saint Louis University's Overseas Center in Madrid. Xiomara is currently studying for her PhD in Spanish, emphasizing in Spanish-American Literature, in the School of International Letters and Cultures of Arizona State University. She specializes in Caribbean Literature, focusing particularly on Cuban Literature, relations between race and identity, political applications of literary discourses, and the interconnectedness of the Caribbean and the Canary Islands.


2015-19: PhD in Spanish (Arizona State University)

2014-15: MA in Spanish American Literature (Complutense University of Madrid)

2013-14: Study Abroad: BA in Spanish, Senior Year  (University College of London)

2010-14: BA in Spanish (University Complutense of Madrid)

Research Interests

 Cuban and Caribbean Literature

 Interconnectedness of the Caribbean and the Canary Islands

 Relations between race and identity

 Postcolonial Theory

 Political applications of literary discourses

 19th to 21st Century Latin American Literature

 20th-21st Century Spanish Literature

Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish
SPA 313Spanish Conversation and Comp
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 202Intermediate Spanish
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SPA 201Intermediate Spanish
Honors / Awards

2013-14: Erasmus Grant (University College of London)

2011: Grant for Excellent Academic Progress (Comunidad de Madrid)

2010: Award for Academic Excellence (University of La Laguna)

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Member of the SPAGRAD’s Mentoring Committee (Fall 2017)


-Chair of SPAGRAD’s Spanish and Latin American Film Festival  Committee (within the XIX Spanish Graduate Conference), Spring 2016.
-Chair of the SPAGRAD’s Social Committee, Fall 2017.
-Member of the SPAGRAD’s Mentoring Committee, Fall 2017.
-Member of the “Backpacking Latin America and Spain” Cultural Exposition Committee, Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.
-Volunteer in extra curricular activities for undergraduate students (Entre Amigos & OLÉ)
-Volunteer in the XX Spanish Graduate Conference, Spring 2017.