Rosa Tapia (she/her/hers)

Rosa Tapia Photo (2020)
Campus Address
Main Hall
Room 209
Professor of Spanish

Rosa Tapia is Professor of Spanish at Lawrence University and the higher education Co-Chair of the national Development Committee for the AP Spanish Language & Culture Exam. She has a doctorate in Spanish from Penn State University, a Master of Arts in Spanish from the University of Delaware, and a Licenciatura in English Philology from the University of Granada (Spain). Publications include the book Catalan Writers on the Border, a volume on Latin American cinema, and several articles and book chapters on Spanish and Latin American literature and film. Tapia has received professional excellence awards from Penn State University, the University of Delaware, and Lawrence University.


  • Spanish, Latin American, and Latinx cinemas
  • Historical memory in post-dictatorship literature and film from Spain, Chile, and Argentina
  • Horror and melodrama in contemporary Latin American cinema
  • Gender studies in Spanish and Latin American literature and film
  • Pedagogy and assessment of college-level courses in world languages and literature



  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Introduction to Film
  • Spanish Cinema
  • Dis(re)membering the Nation: Contemporary Film & Fiction of Spain and Latin America
  • The Engendering of Modern Spain: Gender and National Narratives from Romanticism to the Avant-garde


  • Global Exchanges in Latin American and Spanish Film
  • Spanish Cinema of the “Dictablanda”
  • Portrayals of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Chilean Media
  • The Cinema Of Disillusionment in Colombia
  • Globalization in Spanish and Latin American Film
  • The Films of Pedro Almodóvar
  • The Spanish Horror Film
  • The Fantastic in Jorge Luis Borges’ Fictions
  • Federico García Lorca: Poeta en Nueva York
  • Women and the Civil War in Contemporary Spanish Fiction and Film
  • The Theatre of Antonio Buero Vallejo
  • Towards a New Rhetoric in Spanish Music: Francisco Correa, Lope de Vega and Innovation in Performative Arts during the Golden Age