Ingrid Luna López and professor Carlos A. Jáuregui
Ingrid Luna López, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame, and the third graduate from our new PhD Program in Spanish (2018), has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Spanish at and the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Concordia is a highly regarded four-year liberal arts college, known for its global curriculum and strong international profile.
In June 2018, Ingrid defended her dissertation “Carnaval, fiesta popular y cultura letrada en la región andina” under the direction of professor Carlos A. Jáuregui, and the co-direction of professor María Rosa Olivera-Williams. Her dissertation analyzes a representative selection of canonical and non-canonical texts and films about Andean carnivals and popular festivities (i.e., Carnaval de Negros y Blancos in Colombia, Carnaval de Oruro in Bolivia, Yawar Fiesta and Semana Santa in Perú). She studied how these texts relate to dominant narratives of national identity, highlight the existence of diverse ways of knowing, reinterpret national history, and display linguistic, cultural and racial heterogeneity.
Ingrid has published an essay in the prestigious journal Hispania about the critical force of the “carnivalesque discourse” in the movie Madeinusa (Llosa dir., 2016). Her important research on the chronicles of the “Carnaval de Negros y Blancos” in Nariño, Colombia, is currently under review for publication with a major academic journal.
Ingrid has taught multiple courses at Notre Dame, including the very successful undergraduate seminar “The Carnival Trail”. She was invited to be an upper level TA for Professor Jáuregui’s undergraduate seminar Subjects in Transit (Fall 2014), and for professor Joshua Lund’s Mexican Cinema (Fall 2015). She also served as a research Assistant in the “Project Media Laboratories” directed by Professor Sara Wells (2014). Ingrid is known as a committed and highly successful teacher; last year she won the GSU Outstanding Instructor Award. (2018).
Last November Ingrid and her husband Héctor Melo had a beautiful baby, named Joaquín. We have been informed that Joaquín is also very happy with his mother’s success.
Ingrid has been an active scholar, an engaging and passionate teacher, and a very collegial member of our community. She will be missed, but we share her excitement and know that her success will continue in this next phase of her career. (photo Ingrid and her advisor)