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Curriculum Vitae

Andrew C. Rajca

Department of Spanish and Portuguese The University of Arizona

Modern Languages 545 Tucson, AZ 85721 Email: rajca@email.arizona.edu EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Arizona. Dissertation Defense: April 2010. Major: Contemporary Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic American Literature and Cultures Minors: Cultural Studies; Critical Theory; Contemporary Peninsular Literature and

Culture

M.A. in Latin American Studies, The University of Arizona, 2004. Majors: History and Political Science

Minor: Luso-Brazilian Literature and Culture

M.A. Thesis: “The Construction and Contestation of Meaning and Memory: The Movimiento de Liberación Nacional-Tupamaros and Authoritarianism in Uruguay” B.A. w/ High Honor, Michigan State University, 2000.

Major: Spanish Minor: Education

Cognates: History and Political Science Certificate in Latin American Studies DISSERTATION

"Dynamic Memories and Meanings: Memory Discourses in (Post)dictatorial Literary and Visual Culture in Brazil and Argentina." Defense Date: April 2010

Dr. Kátia da Costa Bezerra and Dr. Malcolm Compitello (co-directors) 


GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, HONORS, AND AWARDS

Tinker Research Grant for Pre-dissertation Research in São Paulo, Brazil. Center for Latin American Studies. The University of Arizona. 2008.

Conference Travel Grants. Graduate and Professional Student Council. The University of Arizona. 2008 (Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) Conference IX), 2009 (requested-51st Annual M/MLA Conference).

Conference Travel Grants. Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The University of Arizona, 2007 (60th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference), 2008 (Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) Conference IX), 2009 (51st Annual M/MLA Conference). Graduate College Registration Scholarship. Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The

University of Arizona. 2006-2010 (each semester).

Tinker Research Grant for M.A. Thesis Research in Montevideo, Uruguay. Center for Latin American Studies. The University of Arizona. 2003.

Academic-Year Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for the study of the Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture. The University of Arizona. 2002-2003. Scholarship for Study in Cuernavaca, Mexico. 2000.

Graduated with High Honor, Michigan State University. 2000.

Named Most Outstanding Student in Spanish, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Michigan State University. 2000.

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TEACHING INTERESTS

Portuguese and Spanish Language Courses at all levels; Contemporary Luso-Brazilian Literature and Cultures; Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Cultures; Latin American Cultural Studies; Critical Theory

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Graduate Associate in Teaching 2006-2010; Graduate Assistant in Teaching 2003-2004, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Arizona.

Courses Taught: Portuguese

Portuguese 101 Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007

Introduction to Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Cultures. Portuguese 102 Spring 2007, Spring 2008

Introduction to Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Cultures. Portuguese 305 Summer 2008

Intensive introduction to Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Cultures for Spanish Speakers.

Portuguese 325 Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Fall 2009

Intermediate Grammar and Writing in Portuguese Language and Study of Luso-Brazilian Cultures.

Portuguese 350 Spring 2009

Introduction to Literary Genres in Luso-Brazilian Literature. Portuguese 430 Fall 2009

Advanced study of Contemporary Luso-Brazilian cultural production Spanish

Spanish 102 Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2006

Introduction to Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures. Spanish 205 Winter 2003

Intensive introduction to Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures. Spanish 206 Spring 2008

Intensive secondary level of Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures. Spanish 325 Summer 2009

Intermediate Grammar and Writing in Spanish Language and Study of Hispanic Cultures. Spanish 350 Spring 2010

Introduction to Literary Genres in Hispanic Literature. General Education

Traditions 104 Discussion Sections Fall 2008

Introduction to the study of Latin American Popular Culture.

ESL Instructor, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA. 2004-2006 -Created and implemented lesson plans for culturally diverse English as a Second Language Classes

-Facilitated inter-cultural communication and understanding while teaching English Language skills tailored to the student’s level

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ELL Instructor, Kenowa Hills Middle School, Grand Rapids MI; Challenger Elementary School, Howell, MI. 2001-2002

-Developed lesson plans and taught English to primarily Spanish-speaking students

-Facilitated communication between English-speaking faculty and Spanish-speaking students and parents through interpretation and translation services

-Translated school newsletter for Spanish-speaking families English Instructor, Montevideo, Uruguay. 2000-2001

-Provided English instruction, tutoring services, and conversational English for clients at a variety of age levels

PUBLICATIONS IN PROGRESS

"The Stains of an Imagined Past: (Post)dictatorial Space and Memory in Luis Fernando Veríssimo's A mancha." Submitted to Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

Book Review: Huyssen, Andreas ed. Other Cities, Other Worlds: Urban Imaginaries in a Globalizing Age. Durham: Duke UP, 2008. To be submitted to Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies.

"Illogical Memory: The Transgression of Traditional Memory Discourses about the Military Dictatorship in Beatriz Bracher's Não falei."

"Dynamic Memories and Meanings: The Production and Reception of Memory Narratives about Dictatorship in the Photography of Marcelo Brodsky."

"El poder del repertorio: El performance en la música, vida y muerte de Víctor Jara."

"De-centering Discourse: Individual Memory and Historical Narrative in Rafael Chirbes' Los disparos del cazador"

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS

"Illogical Memory: The Transgression of Traditional Memory Discourses about the Military Dictatorship in Beatriz Bracher's Não falei." (Abstract accepted) 51st Annual M/MLA Conference. St. Louis, MO, 2009.

"Dynamic Memories and Meanings: The Production and Reception of Memory Narratives about Dictatorship in the Photography of Marcelo Brodsky." (des)articulaciones in/with Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Processes: Memory and Transgression Conference. University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA, 2009.

"The Conflation of Space, Memory, and Urbanization in Luis Fernando Veríssimo’s A mancha." 19th Annual Symposium of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language and Culture. University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ, 2009.

"Memory, Forgetting, and the Discourse of Authoritarianism in Material and Imagined Spaces of São Paulo, Brazil." Tinker Research Symposium. The University of Arizona. 2008. "De-centering Memory: Memory, Forgetting, and the De-construction of Brazilian Collective

Identity in Luis Fernando Veríssimo’s A mancha." Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) Conference IX. New Orleans, LA, 2008.

“Mulheres particulares: A representação feminina no curta-metragem Obscenidades.” 60th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, The University of Kentucky, 2007. "El poder del repertorio: El performance en la música, vida y muerte de Víctor Jara." 17th

Annual Symposium of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language and Culture. University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ, 2007.

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“The Construction and Contestation of Meaning and Memory: The Movimiento de Liberación Nacional-Tupamaros and Authoritarianism in Uruguay.” Master's Thesis Defense. The University of Arizona. 2004.

“A desconstrução da nação: Uma análise da obra de Machado de Assis e a identidade

nacional brasileira.” 14th Annual Symposium of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language, and Culture, University of Arizona. 2004

“Contested Space in Urban Guerrilla Warfare: The Movimiento de Liberación Nacional- Tupamaros”, Tinker Research Colloquia, Latin American Studies Brown Bag Series. The University of Arizona. 2003.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

Assistant to the Director, University of Arizona Study Abroad Program in Fortaleza, Brazil. 2007 -Organized and led cultural excursions for students in Fortaleza and field trips for

students to other cities near Fortaleza

-Assisted the director with administration of program in areas such as budgeting, housing for students, obtaining transportation for excursions, and other administrative tasks Program Director, Advocates for Justice and Education, Washington D.C. 2004-2006

-Managed $100,000 federal grant to establish a Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) in Northwest Washington D.C. for families of diverse backgrounds

(predominantly Spanish-speaking) who have children with special needs

-Responsible for federal grant reporting of CPRC; wrote additional grants to obtain further funding to support CPRC activities

-Managed day-to-day operations of CPRC, including the work of 2 full-time employees, one part-time employee, and dozens of parent volunteers

-Developed and implemented bilingual curricula and trainings (Spanish/English) to inform parents about the laws governing special education and to empower them to advocate on behalf of their children

-Developed and implemented curricula and trainings for DC Public School personnel about the laws governing the education of children with special needs

Program Coordinator/ Instructor, Howell Public Schools, Howell, MI. 2002

-Obtained funding through grants, developed curricula, and taught a summer English Language Learners Program to improve reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension

skills of non-native English speaking elementary school students

-Created lesson plans, acquired materials, designed and implemented activities which allowed students to improve skills in an enjoyable environment EDITORIAL POSITIONS

Editorial Assistant. Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. 2006-2010 ACADEMIC SERVICE, OUTREACH, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

Coordinator//Lecturer. Discussion and Demonstration of Capoeira. Humanities Week. The University of Arizona. 2009.

Coordinator/Lecturer. Discussion and Demonstration of Capoeira. Pistor Middle School. Tucson, AZ. 2009.

Coordinator/Volunteer. Brazilian Week/Brazilian Showcase Event. Tucson, AZ. 2008, 2009. Coordinator/Volunteer. Cultural Event put on by students of Portuguese at the University of

Arizona. Tucson, AZ. 2006 - present.

Coordinator/Volunteer. Bate Papo sessions of Portuguese conversation. Tucson, AZ. 2006-present.

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Outreach. Study Abroad Programs in Brazil, Chile, and Spain. 2006-present.

Program Committee Chair, Board of Directors. Multicultural Community Service. Washington, D.C. 2005.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE ABROAD

Tinker Research Grant in São Paulo, Brazil, (6 weeks) 2008.

Independent Travel in Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina, (3 weeks) 2008.

Assistant to the Director, University of Arizona Study Abroad Program in Fortaleza, Brazil, (2 1/2 months) 2007.

Tinker Research Grant in Montevideo, Uruguay, (5 weeks) 2003. Independent Travel in Argentina, Chile, and Perú, (1 month) 2001.

English instructor/translator, Montevideo, Uruguay, (6 months) 2000-2001.

Independent Travel in México, Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, and Argentina, (3 months) 2000. Study Abroad Program in Cuernavaca, México, (1 month) 2000

Study Abroad Program in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, (2 months) 1998. TRANSLATION/INTERPRETATION EXPERIENCE

Translator, Tucson, AZ. 2002-2004

-Translated various documents from Spanish to English for a legal firm (Kinerk, Beal, Schmidt, Dyer, and Sethi, P.C.) and from Spanish/Portuguese to English for other individual clients

Translator, Montevideo, Uruguay. 2001.

-Provided Spanish/English translation services for an attorney and other individual clients LANGUAGES

English- Native

Portuguese- Near-native Spanish- Near-native MEMBERSHIPS

Modern Language Association Brazilian Studies Association Latin American Studies Association Midwest Modern Language Association REFERENCES

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