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Beatriz Gomez Acuna

Beatriz Gomez-acuna

Beatriz Gomez Acuna, Ph.D.

Chair, World Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Associate Professor, Spanish
Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Gómez Acuña’s scholarly interests pertain to the study of oral traditions and folklore in Spanish, Spanish-American and Judeo-Spanish communities. Most of her publications in this area pertain to the study of Hispanic Balladry. Her ongoing project relates to the diasporic personal narratives of the Sephardic Jews living in Chicago.

She is also interested in foreign language pedagogy and its applications. She has published several articles that include pedagogical resources to teach diverse Spanish texts and films.

Dr. Gómez Acuña is the national president of Alpha Mu Gamma (National Collegiate Foreign Language Society). She also serves as the faculty advisor for Elmhurst College chapter, Theta Upsilon.


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Master of Arts, University of Texas at Austin
  • Diplomado en Profesorado de Educación General Básica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • SPN 301 Spanish Grammar and Composition
  • SPN 302 Spanish Conversation, Grammar and Service
  • SPN 304 Teaching Hispanic Children’s Literature in Elementary and Middle Schools
  • SPN 306 Medical Spanish
  • SPN 310 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • SPN 312 Spanish Culture
  • SPN 313 Survey of Spanish Literature I
  • SPN 314 Survey of Spanish Literature II
  • FYS 100 Finding your Way: Religious Pilgrimages, Spiritual Quests and Searches of the Self.
  • WL 391 Walking el Camino de Santiago: An Intellectual and Physical Journey
  • “La violencia doméstica en España: El cortometraje en la clase de lengua y cultura.” Cuadernos de ALDEEU 29 (Spring 2015)
  • “De la,la,la a Made in Spain: El festival de Eurovisión como mecanismo para enseñar la transición democrática española” Vida Hispánica 59 (Spring 2014)
  • “The Feminine Voice in the Romancero’s Modern Oral Tradition: Gender Differences in the Recitation of the Ballad La bastarda y el segador.” Folklore 113 (2002): 183-196.
  • “Variaciones del tema clásico de Philomena y Progne en el romance Blancaflor y Filomena.” Lemir: revista electrónica de literatura española Medieval y del Renacimiento. Number VI. (September 2002)
  • National President, Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language Collegiate Honor Society), 2013-present

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