Ruth Z. Yuste Alonso
PhD Student and Teaching Assistant
Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages (Spanish section)
I am a second-year PhD Student 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 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 also serve as senator (2014-present) for LANGSA and LCL graduate students and represent them in the Graduate Student Senate. I have additionally served as Graduate Student Representative (2015) for the AAUP Marth Mentorship Award Committee.
I currently work as a graduate assistant and instructor for the Literatures, Cultures and Language Department, where I teach 1000- and 3000-level Spanish courses. 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 a foreign language to college students and professionals. Besides education, I have worked as a certified English/Spanish translator, appointed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Spain, and as a translator and interpreter for individual clients, cultural organizations, and companies.
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 currently collaborate with LinDoLenEx research group, based in the Universidad de Las Palmas of Gran Canaria and coordinated by Professor Jorge Vega y Vega. This collaboration has resulted in the publication of a journal article based on my master’s thesis, 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). For more information on the research group’s work, please visit www.lindolenex.com. 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)