Dr. Ivette Wilson is a Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of Spanish at Wabash College. Wilson began at Wabash a few years ago as a visiting professor but is now on a tenure-track position at the College. Dr. Wilson, who earned her undergraduate degree in Brazil, taught the first Portuguese course at Wabash in 2009. She has worked with Unidos Por Sangre, a student club promoting Hispanic culture on campus, and helped with the visit of law students and law professors from FAESA (University of Espírito Santo) in 2009. Her recent research focuses on Afro-Latin American Literature, and her dissertation over the symbolic representations of “Home” in Afro-Latin American Literature was nominated for the 2010 College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Award from Purdue University.
Dr. Wilson is a native of Brazil where she used to live in the Northern (Amazonian) coastal region. She has lived in the US for the past 13 years. Besides her interests in books and music, she brought with her a passion for family outdoor activities such as traveling, camping, hiking and gardening. A Hoosier habit she has learned (and enjoys) is picking your own vegetables and fruits over the summer and preserving them for a delightful feast on those cold winter days when you have the blues. She lives in the country with her husband David, two children - Felipe and Isabella - and (restless) cat, Venus. Her favorite vacation activity is taking long walks by the seashore.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Ph.D., Latin American Literatures, December 2009. Dissertation: Symbolic Representations of “Home” in Afro-Latin American Women’s Literature. Advisor: Dr. Antonio Tillis
M.A., Latin American Literatures, December 2001. Advisor: Dr. Paul Dixon
Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil
B.A., Psychology, February 1992.
SPA 101/102 - Elementary Spanish
SPA 201/202 - Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures
MLL 101/102 - Elementary Modern Languages: Elementary Portuguese
SPA 312 - Studies in Hispanic Culture: Cultural Journeys: Latin American Film and Short Stories
MLL 277 - Independent studies: Brazilian Literature
MLL 387 - Portuguese Language and Lusophone Cultures
SPA 388 - Topics in Spanish-American Literature
“Race and gender issues and the nationalist discourse in the poetry of Alzira Rufino.” 64th Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference. April 14th-16th, 2011. University of Kentucky, Lexington-KY.
“Symbolic Representations of Home in Afro-Latin American Women's Literature”. LASA Congress. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – June 2009.
“Camus’ Orphée Noir: Popular Culture and Identity (Re-)Creation.” Lecture given at Wabash College, Crawfordsville-IN. October 2nd, 2008.
“Los espacios femeninos en la literatura del medievo: Un análisis de la traducción portuguesa del Livre des trois vertus de Christine de Pisan.” 61st Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference. April 17th-19th, 2008. University of Kentucky, Lexington-KY.
"A “ausência” masculina e a construção do espaço feminino em alguns contos de Maria Judite de Carvalho, Carmen Laforet, e Carmen Martín Gaite." 59th Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference. April 20th-22nd, 2006. University of Kentucky, Lexington-KY.
“Carolina Maria de Jesus y Reyta: el testimonio como espacio femenino en la construcción de una identidad.” Kaleidoscope Conference. March 25th, 2006. University of Wisconsin, Madison-WI.
“Indeterminacy: Text-Reader Relations in Jorge Luis Borges’ ‘The South’.” 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference sponsored by the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. March 1st, 2002. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
“Resisting Silence / Silence as Resistance: (Re) Affirming Brazil’s African Heritage in Conceição Evaristo’s Ponciá Vicêncio.” Publication of the Afro Latin Amerrican Research Association 14 (2010): 54-71. Print.
“Camus’ Orphée Noir: Popular Culture and Identity (Re-)Creation”. Comparative Cinema: How American University Students View Foreign Films. Ed. Beate Allert. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008. 167-182.
“Indeterminacy: Text-Reader Relations in Jorge Luis Borges’ ‘The South’”. Fuzzy Spaces: Working Papers from Purdue University’s 4th Graduate Studies Symposium of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Program in Comparative Literature. Ed. Sayili, Sibel, et al. W. Lafayette: Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Purdue University, 2000. 11-17
“Se autor, por que defunto? Se defunto por que autor?” By Michael Braden. Espelho Revista Machadiana. Número 10/11, 2004-05. 5-20.
Certificate of Appreciation, presented by students members of Unidos por Sangre (UPS), Wabash College, Fall 2010.
2010 College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Award, Departmental nomination, Purdue University, Spring 2010.
Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award, Purdue University, Spring 2007.
CETA – Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching Award, Purdue University, Spring 2007.
Excellence in Teaching Award, Purdue University, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL), Spring 2007.
Outstanding Teacher Award, Purdue University, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (FLL), Spring 2006.