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My Work Experience

in a nutshell

Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Ph.D. from Cornell University
MA and BA from Univ. of Kansas
B.J. in Journalism from Univ. of Kansas
Also, taught at SUNY Fredonia, Middlebury College, and Cornell University

Leadership in the Arts and Humanities

President and Founder, Center for Humanities Communication 

Co-Director, 4Humanities

Member of the Board of Directors, Empire State Performing Arts Center, (The Egg), Albany, NY


Director, NY6 Think Tank

Principal Investigator, Mellon Planning Grant “Our Shared Humanities”

Vice President, Ithaca Fine Arts Booster Group (Non-Profit)

Key Leadership Positions (select)


Interim Director, Faculty Development 
Chair, Department of Modern Languages
Chair, Division of Arts & Humanities
Co-Chair, Scholar Program Redesign Task Force
Faculty Mentor. Posse Foundation
Director, Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Associate Director of Academic Programs
Associate Director, Academic Departments and Programs. 
Editorial Board, Arizona Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies and Hispanic Studies

Leadership Training

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Wellesley Institute.
American Council on Education (ACE) Southern Regional LeadershipForum for Women Administrators

Conference Organization

Hybrid Storytelling @ Einaudi Center, Cornell University, with Debra A.Castillo
The Humanities & Engineering @ Union College (Mellon funded)

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Co-Founding with Prof. Alan LIu

Team currently includes Prof. Anke Finger (UCONN), and Isabell Sluka (UCONNN)

The mission of the Center for Humanities Communication is to curate and contribute to an open-license digital clearinghouse of quality humanities advocacy and communication materials, and to mentor “new voices” of humanities communicators able to enter organizations, professions, and media roles that bring the humanities to the public. We believe that a widely sourced and centrally coordinated Center for Humanities Communication can directly and effectively support individuals, groups, and organizations, locally and nationwide, in their work advocating and communicating about the humanities.

Publications Overview

Most recent only


EDITED VOLUMES (most recent only)

The Entrepreneurial Humanities: The Crucial Role of the Humanities in Enterprise and the Economy

co-edited with Alain-Philippe Durand

Routledge, 2023

Extraordinary Partnerships: How the Arts and Humanities are Transforming America

Lever Press, 2020

Advice from the Ocean: Unexpected Paths into Marine Conservation

co-edited with Leah Henseler

Independent Publication, 2020

Hybrid Storyspaces: Redefining the Critical Enterprise in Twenty-First Century Hispanic Literature

co-edited with Debra Castillo

Hispanic Issues Series, 2012

University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy

Generation X Goes Global

Routledge, 2012

Generation X Rocks: Contemporary Peninsular Fiction, Film, and Rock Culture

co-edited with Randolph Pope

Hispanic Issues, 2007

Market Matters

co-edited with Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola

Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. Vol. 9, 2005

​En sus propias palabras: escritoras españolas ante el mercado literario.

Torremozas, 2003

JOURNAL & CHAPTER ESSAYS (most recent only)

“Sparking a Movement: Cross-Disciplinary Innovation and the Humanities.” In The Entrepreneurial Humanities: The Crucial Role of the Humanities in Enterprise and the Economy , edited by Alain-Philippe Durand and Christine Henseler, Routledge, forthcoming, June 2023. Pgs 15-26.

"Introduction: Humanities Rising: How the World Is . . . and Might Be"

Extraordinary Partnerships: How the Arts and Humanities are Transforming America. (Ed. by C. Henseler)

Lever Press, 2020.

Finding Humanity: Social Change on Our Own Terms
The Scholar as Human: Research and Teaching for Public Impact.
Ed. Anna Sims Bartel and Debra A. Castillo.
Cornell University Press, 2020. Pgs. 129 - 142.

On the Fine Art of Being Portal:
Seeing a Greater Range of Possibilities for Higher Education

Leonardo’s Children: Stories on Creativity by Fine Arts Leaders that will Blow your Mind. 

Co-edited by Aldemaro Romero Jr. and Steven J. Peters.

Publisher: International Council of Fine Arts Deans.

Taking the Future By the Horns:
Making Change Happen From The Ground Up. 

Modern Languages Journal. Vol. 101. Issue 2. 436-39.I 2017.

The Future of Hispanic Studies: An Interactive Conversation with Journal Editors.
Co-edited with Benjamin Fraser. 
Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. Vol. 18, 2015. 135-180.

In/Authenticities: Movida Youth Culture in Motion
Towards a Cultural Archive of the Movida. 

Edited by William Nichols and Rosi Song. 

Ode to Trash: The Spam Poetics of Agustín Fernández Mallo.
Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura.Vol. 16: Otoño 2011. 239-247

Commercial Contamination: The Economic Development of the Spanish Publishing Industry, 1960-2000

Henseler, Christine

Arizona journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, 2005, Vol.9 (1), p.149-159

Spanish Mutant Fictioneers: Of Mutants, Mutated Fiction and Media Mutations
Ciberletras 24 (Dec. 2010)

NEWSPAPER & OTHER ARTICLES (most recent only)

A Free Digital Guide for Students

Arts and Humanities: Don't Leave College Without Them

+ Crucial Info You Should Know
+ Stuff You Might Be Curious About
+ Information about Majors
+ Essays by Students and Young Alums
+ Portraits of Young Professionals
+ GIGS - What can you do with these degrees?
+ Interviews & Odds and Ends

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Who am I ?
I am a parent, partner and professor who is passionate about empowering our young.

What do I do?
I teach, mentor, and advocate for the importance of a balanced and holistic education through which students expand their thinking into new and creative directions.

What problem am I trying to solve?
Despite an ever-increasing need for more human-centered solutions, the Liberal Arts and the Arts and Humanities get a bad rap, and as a result fewer kids are enrolling in these programs.

What is my solution?
I am passionate about reimagining and refreshing, as well as assessing and designing new curricular programs that integrate and apply the arts and humanities across a wide variety of professional fields, in theory and in practice.

I build bridges between professional and academic communities to enhance communication and share mutually beneficial ideas and solutions.

I engage and empower students and young professionals to share their own understanding of what the arts and humanities are and how they can lead to more innovative, profitable and purposeful careers. 

What makes my work different?
Like many, I want to show students and parents the wondrous world of the arts and humanities and the cross-disciplinary opportunities they afford. But I do so with an eye toward the future and the needs of the future workforce. I include the voices and visions of the next generation through a holistic approach to our work-lives and to the building of diverse and inclusive communities. 

Why do I do what I do?
Because my dream was to be graphic designer or a set designer. But I had no mentor, no money, no understanding of what I could do with a degree in the arts. So I took a different path. Today, I want every young person—especially first generation students—to understand how they can turn passions into meaningful and creative careers.

And because I believe that to reimagine tomorrow, we need more education about global citizenship, intercultural communication and understanding, and tolerance of one another through constant self-reflection and authentic expression.

Here's Some of What I Teach

in English and in Spanish

For me, academic institutions are where students gain the tools to build successful experiences, careers, and futures. Take a look below to learn more about my educational path and achievements along the way.

Nonprofits and Storytelling: Spanish for Social Impact

Sustainable Travel in the Hispanic World

Students Call for Social Change

Challenging Times: Global Citizenship and Creative Engagements

Sustainable Living: Be Part of the Solution

Education Innovation

Arts and Humanities: Don't Leave College Without Them

Youth Culture and Protest in Spain

Social Innovation in Spain

Digital Storytelling & Electronic Literature of the Hispanic World

Narrative and New Media in Contemporary Spanish Literature

Change your World through Storytelling

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Generation X Goes Global

This website is  dedicated to expanding scholarship and engagement with Generation X around the globe.


But, Who Am I really?

What Drives Me?

My passion? Develop change makers and empower the next generation. I love being part of positive change, making a difference in other people's lives and coming up with creative solutions. Want to brainstorm ideas? Count me in. I have many! Want to think big? I'm there.

Let's reimagine how we work, learn, live together. Let’s make it happen. I’m an optimist. A constant innovator. A do-er. I listen. I learn. I empower. I teach. I get things done. And I can work organically and strategically to accomplish big and impactful visions for 3-5-10 years down the road, one day at a time. Because when it comes to supporting our children, making their lives better, building more balanced, healthy, and meaningful environments, I would give everything.

With compassion, lots of love, support, and a good sense of humor and daily laughter (and yes, some play too), I wish to empower others to be all they wish to be.

Let’s Connect

If you'd like to contribute or collaborate, I'd like to hear from you.

If you need a consultant to evaluate and collaboratively redesign an arts and humanities program, please reach out.

If you are working to elevate the arts and humanities across communities and professional fields, I'm all ears.

Or, if you just feel like connecting, send me an e-mail.

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