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History, Spanish and Hispanic Studies Welcome Three

This fall, the HWS history and Spanish and Hispanic Studies departments welcome three new faculty members. Belonging to a group of 26 new faculty, they bring their expertise in such subjects as Latin American history, translation studies and Spanish American literature.

Colby Nolan Ristow joins the history department as an assistant professor after serving as a visiting lecturer in history at the University of California, San Diego. Risto received a B.A. in history and an M.A. in Latin American history from Michigan State University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American history at the University of Chicago, and his dissertation is titled “Incorporating ‘The Popular’ on Mexico’s Periphery: Class and Ethnic Politics, Cultural Inversion, and Revolution in Juchitán. He has prior teaching experience at Carleton College, Winona State University and the University of Chicago.

Caroline Travalia joins the Spanish and Hispanic studies department as an assistant professor. Her teaching experience includes being an instructor at Middlebury College and New York University in Madrid. With near-native fluency in Spanish and Italian, her research interests include translation studies, second language learning and colloquial Spanish. She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Italian from the University of Notre Dame, and her master’s degree in Trans-Atlantic relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received a Doctorate of Modern Languages degree from Middlebury College and is currently an ABD candidate in Spanish linguistics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

May Farnsworth also joins the Spanish and Hispanic studies department as an assistant professor following a position as a lecturer at the UNC-Chapel Hill. The author of several publications, including “‘La Eva mexicana’: Feminism in Post-Revolutionary Mexican Theater, she studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2005 as a Fulbright Scholar. Affiliated with Latin American Theater Today and the Spanish Honor Society, she has also worked as a medical interpreter, a translator and a language consultant. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from The Evergreen State College, and a master’s and Ph.D. in Spanish American literature from UNC-Chapel Hill.