MARÍA LUISA ORTEGA HERNÁNDEZ is originally from Spain. Her life in Central America has given her a deeper understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. It is from this vantage point, enriched by her many years as a US Latina, that she passionately teaches the beauty of its language, the magical syncretism of its roots, and the shared responsibility we all have towards effective and peaceful communication at the service of others.
Prior to joining DePaul in 2014, she was associate professor of Spanish at the Community College of Philadelphia and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
Her Spanish for Healthcare courses and her Spanish TV program, Entre nosotros, are two of her main contributions to the Community College of Philadelphia. As a senior lecturer at Penn, she taught Spanish literature, language, and communication for the Department of Romance Languages and the Wharton School of Business. She was responsible for conducting the Spanish proficiency interviews for the Penn Language Link Interpreters program, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Forthcoming “Rubor y temor: la deshumanización del cuerpo femenino en aras de la belleza celestial.” Las prácticas corporales en la búsqueda de la belleza. La Cifra Editorial: Mexico, D.F., 2016.
• NALAC: National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
• Instituto Cervantes Chicago, Chicago, IL
• Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL
• NO MORE.org – Chicago, IL
• Women Against Abuse – Philadelphia, PA
• Entre nosotros, CCPTV, Community College of Philadelphia, PA
• Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia, PA
• Association of Latino Alumni, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
• Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas, Philadelphia, PA
• La Casa Latina, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
• Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee, Philadelphia, PA
• Boy Scouts of America – Miami, FL
• Girl Scouts of America – Miami, FL
• Archdiocese of Miami, Miami, FL
PhD - University of Pennsylvania: 2002
- Major area: Spanish Golden Age and Colonial Latin American Literature
- Areas of concentration:
- Women and the Divine
- Spanish for the Professions
- Translation Studies