Ruth Z. Yuste Alonso
PhD Candidate and UConn Graduate Assistant
Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages (Spanish section)
I am a third-year PhD Candidate in Spanish Studies in the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages at the University of Connecticut (Storrs campus). I have been awarded with a BA in Translation and Interpreting in English and French (2007) and an MA in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture (2011) by the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In 2013, I embarked on a new academic journey in the United States in order to pursue an MA in Spanish Studies (2015) at the University of Connecticut, which has ultimately progressed into the PhD program. I am member of the Languages Graduate Student Association (LANGSA), in which I have served as secretary (2014-2015) and vice-president (2015-2016). I currently serve as senator (2014-present) for LANGSA and LCL graduate students in the Graduate Student Senate. I have also served as Graduate Student Representative (2015) for the AAUP Marth Mentorship Award Committee.
I currently work as a graduate assistant and Spanish instructor for the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Language, where I teach 1000- and 3000-level Spanish courses in the Storrs and Hartford campus. I have previous teaching experience in secondary and higher education in Spain, where I have taught Spanish, French as a foreign language (FLE), and English as a foreign language (EFL). In 2009, I participated in a cooperation program in Agadir (Morocco), where I taught Spanish as part of an international cooperation program aimed to develop college students and professionals’ language skills for the expansion of the tourist sector of the city. Besides education, I have been appointed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Spain as certified English/Spanish translator and interpreter, which has enabled me to work as a translator and interpreter for individual clients, cultural organizations, and companies in the Canary Islands.
Among my research interests, I have a focus on Spanish cultural production, particularly on Spanish contemporary cinema, gender, and migration. Moreover, I am interested in critical thinking and learning, and actively collaborate with Lindolenex research group, based in the Universidad de Las Palmas of Gran Canaria and coordinated by Professor Jorge J. Vega y Vega. This collaboration has resulted in the publication of a journal article based on my master’s thesis the use of image analysis in language teaching, titled “Como pez en el agua, una propuesta didáctica a partir del análisis de la imagen publicitaria” (Guiniguada, 2011), and my contribution to the translation of two book projects, Del razonamiento a la argumentación (Peter Lang, 2012) and The Essential Enthymeme (Peter Lang, 2016). If you are interested in knowing more about my work and contributions, please send me an e-mail or visit my profiles in LinkedIn, Academia, or Research Gate.
- 2015 – present: PhD in Spanish Studies, University of Connecticut (United States)
- 2016: Graduate Certificate in College Instruction, University of Connecticut (United States)
- 2015: MA in Spanish Studies, University of Connecticut (United States)
- 2011: MA in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
- 2008: Teacher Qualification for Higher Education, ICSE – Universidad de Alfonso X El Sabio (Spain)
- 2007: BA in Translation and Interpreting (English, French), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)