Biographical Sketch

Carol Lacy-Salazar, Professor of Spanish, has taught courses in 20th-century Latin American novel and short story and literature of the Spanish Golden Age as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced Spanish language courses. She is a fervent believer in the value of study abroad and has accompanied students to Mexico, Spain, Bolivia, Argentina, and Guatemala (for a combined total of 17 courses) and has encouraged scores of students to go on their own to attend language school in Guatemala. She is an avid student of language and, in addition to Spanish, has studied French, Portuguese, Quechua, Russian, and Latin. She has co-produced and helped direct the annual Spanish play for 19 productions and is equally committed to the Cornell Student Symposium for which she has served both as moderator and faculty sponsor for student presenters.

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Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

  •  Ph.D. in Spanish, University of Arizona, 1984           
    • Major: Latin American Literature            
    • Minor: Spanish Peninsular Literature            
    • Supporting Area: French Literature            
    • Dissertation: "La cosmovisión primitiva del narrador mágicorrealista"        
  • M.A. in Spanish, University of Arizona, 1968         
  • A.B. in Religion, Duke University, 1965  

Courses Taught

  • Beginning & Intermediate Spanish         
  • Advanced Grammar & Composition         
  • Intermediate Spanish & Advanced Conversation in Mexico, Bolivia, & Guatemala         
  • Introduction to Textual Analysis         
  • Spanish Golden Age: Romancero and Comedia         
  • Spanish Golden Age: Don Quixote         
  • Latin American Short Story and Novel       
  • Seminars (Capstone Experience):            
    • Literary Movements            
    • Latin American Women Writers            
    • Latin American Novel of Social Protest            
    • Gabriel García Márquez, Novel and Film            
    • The Spanish Civil War in Film and Fiction            
    • Magical Realism         
  • First-Year Seminar: Gabriel García Márquez in film and fiction (in English)         
  • Workshop in Spanish Theatre         
  • Adjunct course in Conversation

Service to the Cornell Community

  • Academic Affairs Committee, 2010-11, 2012-15         
  • Academic Standing Subcommittee, 2014-15        
  • Academic Programs Subcommittee, Chair, 2010-11, 2012-14       
  • International Studies Oversight Committee, 2006 - 2013       
  • Judicial Board, 2007 - 08       
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Curricular Enhancement – Humanities representative, 2005-06, 2006-07        
  • Student Life Committee, 2002-2004
    • Athletic representative, 2003-04
    • Intercultural Life representative, 2002-03         
  • Appeals Board, Chair, 2002-2003        
  • Faculty Development Advisory Committee, 1999-2002, 2007- 2009        
  • Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, 1995-96, 1998-2001        
  • Committee on Administration, 1995-96, 1998-2001        
  • Chair of Department of Classical & Modern Languages, 1992-95        
  • Latin American Studies Committee, 1984-present  (Chair, 1994-97)        
  • Lecture/Artist/Cultural Events Consortium, 1985-86, 1987-1995           
    • Coordinator of Convocations, 1988‑89           
    • Coordinator of Cultural Events and Chair, 1989‑95       
  • Strategic Planning Committee, 1988‑91, 1994-97        
  • Committee on Committees, 1986-87        
  • Faculty Advisor of Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society), 1994-present        
  • Faculty Advisor of the Spanish Club, 1984-2014

Faculty-Student Collaboration


  • Historias para ser contadas (Osvaldo Dragún), 1984-85            
  • Yo también hablo de la rosa (Emilio Carballido), 1985-86            
  • La dama boba (Lope de Vega), 1986-87            
  • La dama del alba (Alejandro Casona), 1987-88            
  • El burlador de Sevilla (Tirso de Molina), 1988-89           
  • Las manos de Dios (Carlos Solorzano), 1989-90            
  • La vida es sueño (Calderón de la Barca), 1990-91             ­­
  • Los árboles mueren de pie (Alejandro Casona), 1991-92            
  • *Don Gil de las calzas verdes (Tirso de Molina), 1992-93            
  • *Yo también hablo de la rosa (Emilio Carballido), 1993-94            
  • Historias para ser contadas (Osvaldo Dragún), 1994-95            
  • "Retazos de ayer y de hoy":
    • El juez de los divorcios (Cervantes)
    • Marta y el dragón (Hernández)
    • Decir sí (Gambaro), 1995-96            
  • "De las aceitunas" (Lope de Rueda), 1996-97 and student-written variations on the same theme            
  • “El censo” (Emilio Carballido) & “Brujerias” (Rodrigo Duarte-Clark), 1997-98            
  • “El juez de los divorcios” (Miguel de Cervantes) and student-written variations on the same theme, 1998-1999



  • El delantal blanco (Sergio Vodanovi), 2000 – 01   
  • El cepillo de dientes (Jorge Díaz), 2001 – 02  
  • Una mariposa blanca (Gabriela Roepke) & Coser y cantar (Dolores Prida), 2002-03  
  • Brujerías (Rodrigo Duarte-Clark) & The Beautiful Señoritas, 2003-04



  •  Robert Porter: “Building on the Literary Foundations of the Past: García Márquez and One Hundred Years of Solitude,” 2014
  • Colleen Carroll: “Cultural and Religious Syncretism in Bolivia,” 2012
  • Laura Lindsay: “Borrowed Memory: The Creation and Impact of a Public Memory in Buenos Aires, Argentina,” 2012
  • -Colleen Carroll: “Sex and Violence: The Fight for Control in La Familia de Pascual Duarte,” 2011
  • Caitlyn Dye: “Revolutionary Mothers: Women, Revolution and Reproductive Agendas in Nicaragua and Bolivia,” 2011
  • -Victoria Levasseur: “The Peruvian Healthcare System: The Role of Small Clinics in Improving Health Care Access for Low-Income Citizens,” 2011 (Eng)
  • Samantha Reed: “The Sinful Church: A Comparison of Réquiem por un campesino español and “Pan’s Labyrinth” in Characterizing the Church During the Spanish Civil War,” 2011
  • Julia Tanguay: “A Critical Analysis of Magical Realism as a Literary Style in Latin America,” 4-2011 -Julia Tanguay: “Cultural and Socio-economic Factors That Affect Access to Reproductive Health on the Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico,” 2011 (Eng)
  • Marie Glackin: “Análisis de una ilustración de la escena de la vigilia de las armas en Don Quijote de la Mancha,” 2010
  • Marie Glackin: “Signs and Symbols in ‘Un día de estos,’” 2009
  • Michalene Otis: “A Look at Cultural Differences Between Medical Practices in the US and Latin America,” 2008
  • Elise Hogue: “El logro de la memoria argentina: Haciendo frente al terrorismo del Estado de la última dictadura militar argentina,” 2008 (Eng)
  • Brittany Atchison: “Hunger, Poverty, Disaster and Hope: My Internship with the UN World Food Program in Bolivia,” 2008
  • Hristina Borisova: “Lecciones universales de un loco genial: don Quixote de la Mancha,” 2007
  • Lauren Page: “La familia Buendía y el sistema solar,” 2006
  • Anna Berlin: “Culture and Society in Costa Rica,” 2003
  • Aja Smith: “The Catholic Church and Democracy in Costa Rica,” 2001