Rosa Tapia (she/her/hers)

Rosa Tapia
Campus Address
Main Hall
Room 209
Professor of Spanish

Prof. Tapia's teaching and research focus on the contemporary cinema and late 20th-century fiction of Spain and Latin America. Co-organizer of Lawrence University's Latin American and Spanish Film Festival. Publications include the book Catalan Writers on the Border, a volume on Latin American cinema, and articles and book chapters on Iberoamerican literature and film. Professional excellence awards from Penn State University, the University of Delaware, and Lawrence University. Chief Reader Designate and member of the Development Committee for the AP Spanish Language & Culture Exam.


  • 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
Ph.D. in Spanish Literature. Penn State University

M.A. in Spanish. University of Delaware

Licenciatura in English Philology. Universidad de Granada, Spain