Ruth Z. Yuste Alonso
UConn Graduate Assistant (ABD)
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. I hold 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 (Spain). 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 actively serve the graduate student community in different capacities. I am a member of the Languages Graduate Student Association (LANGSA), in which I have been appointed as secretary (2014-2015) and vice-president (2015-2016), and currently serve as senator (2014-present) in the Graduate Student Senate. In 2015, I also served as Graduate Student Representative for the AAUP Marth Mentorship Award Committee.
I currently work as a graduate teaching assistant and Spanish instructor for the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, 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 institutions in Spain, where I have taught Spanish, French as a foreign language (FLE), and English as a foreign language (EFL). In 2009, I participated as a Spanish instructor in a cooperation program in Agadir (Morocco), aimed to help college students and professionals from the area develop their language skills in Spanish for the expansion of the tourist and commerce sectors. 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 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 about 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).
- 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)