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Dr. Rafael Ponce-Cordero

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Associate Professor
Modern Languages and Cultures
Morrison Hall 120 • M/S 1301

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Rafael Ponce-Cordero earned his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. His academic interests include 20th- and 21st-century Latin American narrative, postcolonial and subaltern theory, and especially the study of popular culture. He is the author of Dinámicas socioeconómicas regionales: la lucha de Guayaquil por un obispado propio y la pugna con Cuenca a fines de la colonia (2010), and maintains an active scholarly agenda that includes the publication of articles in academic journals as well as the presentation of papers in professional events such as the LASA, IILI, and PCA/ACA conferences. At present, Dr. Ponce-Cordero is working on a second book, based on his doctoral dissertation and provisionally titled Héroes y bandidos: iconos populares y figuraciones de la nación en América Latina. He is happily married, loves music, superheroes, and video games, and enjoys watching the snow from his window.

Courses Taught:

  • SP 495: Senior Seminar

  • SP 316: Conversation and Composition II

  • SP 201: Intermediate Spanish

  • SP 103: Elementary Spanish III

  • SP 102: Elementary Spanish II

  • SP 101: Elementary Spanish I


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 2010

  • Master of Arts, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, 2005

  • Master of Arts, History of the Americas, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, 2004

  • Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, 2000

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