Biographical Sketch

Professor Ochoa-Shivapour teaches courses in a range of courses, emphasizing inequality, and social justice through literature, culture, cinema, and close readings of primary texts.  Her research and teaching integrates multiculturalism.  Her areas of interest are Quixote, Latin American/Peninsular Literature and Culture, Latino Studies, Chilean Literature and Film, Dictatorships in Latin America, Latin American Post Colonial Studies, Hispanic Cinema, The Spanish Conquest, and Ethnic Studies.

Class Websites

Courses Taught

Spanish 102/103/205 

Composition and Conversation

Advanced Grammar and Composition

Text and Theory

Peninsular Culture and Civilization (taught in Spain)

Latin American Culture and Civilization

Latinos in the US

Dictatorships in Latin America

Introduction to Textual Analysis

Advanced Grammar


-Unconventional love in Spanish Literature

-  Literature of the Spanish Conquest

Latin America though Film

Hispanics in the US (FYS) 

Introduction to Ethnic Studies

The Conquest Revised (taught in the Bahamas)

Latest Confrences Attended

ACM Online Teaching Workshop, Chicago, June 13-14, 2014

2014 Workshop for Department and Division Chairs, Baltimore, MD, May 13-15, 2014

A World at Home, a Home in the World, 2014 Iowa Humanities Festival, Salisbury House, Des Moines, April 12, 2014.

Transatlantic Educators Dialogue Program, University of Ilinois (12-week online program.  February 19-May 4, 2014).

Using Technology to Support Language Learning in all Contexts.  University of Iowa.  March 1, 2014 

Primer Congreso Internacional los Pueblos Indígenas de América Latina, siglos XIX-XXI.  Avances, perspectivas y retos.  October 28-31, Oaxaca, Mexico.

IV Congreso Internacional de Lenguas y Literaturas Indoamericanas.  Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile, November 14-16, 2012

Latino Conference, University of Iowa, 2012


Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas (AIH)

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. (AATSP)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)