Maria DiFrancesco

Maria DiFrancesco

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

Specialty:Contemporary Spanish Literature; Exile; Migration in Spanish Literature and Culture
Phone:(607) 274-3547
Office:411 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850


I am an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Ithaca College. I hold a Ph.D.from the University at Buffalo, where I specialized in 20th and 21st Century Spanish Peninsular Literature. My teaching and research interests range from elementary Spanish grammar and composition to contemporary Spanish literature and film. I am particularly interested in post-Franco Spain and have written a number of articles, chapters and a book focusing on women's gender roles within this period (Feminine Agency and Transgression in Post-Franco Spain). Since 2008, I have more closely aligned my research and teaching on issues of human migration as portrayed in Spanish literature, film and other popular media. In the last year, I have begun to work on a co-edited volume on gender and sexuality in Spanish urban spaces. Inside and outside the classroom, I have a burgeoning interest in the digital humanities and, over the last two years, I have been working on developing some digital media projects with students.

Professionally speaking, I value taking leadership positions within organizations specific to my discipline because these organizations have had significant impacts on my life and in my development as a teacher-scholar. I also believe that, through these organizations, I can continue to advocate for the teaching of foreign languages and literatures at all levels, from elementary school to post-secondary school. I am most dedicated to the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (of which I am Secretary) and the Northeast Modern Languages Association (of which I am 2nd Vice-President). 

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