Spanish Faculty

Spanish Faculty

Blanca Aranda - Assistant Professor of Spanish (2012)

Blanca Aranda


Office: Miller Hall 128

Phone: 360-650-2528


B.A. Universidad Mayor de San Andrés

M.A. & Ph.D. University of Oregon

Mauricio Araniva - Senior Instructor of Spanish

Office: Miller Hall 217C

Phone: 360-650-2094

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

M.A., University of Washington

Mauricio loves teaching Spanish. Go Vikings!


Amy Carbajal - Senior Instructor of Spanish

Office: Miller Hall 216B

Phone: 360-650-7967


B.A. & M.I.S., Stephen F. Austin State University


Brent J. Carbajal - Professor of Spanish, Provost/V.P. Academic Affairs (1997)

Office: Old Main 460

Phone: 360-650-3547


B.A., Lewis and Clark College

M.A. & Ph.D., University of Washington


Kirsten Drickey - Senior Instructor of Spanish

Kirsten Drickey

Office: Miller Hall 222B

Phone: 360-650-6149



Sean Dwyer - Senior Instructor of Spanish

Sean Dwyer

Office: Miller Hall 122B

Phone: 360-650-7966


Hugo García - Associate Professor of Spanish (2006)

Hugo Garcia


Office: Miller Hall 228

Phone: 360-650-4201

B.A., Universidad de Havana

M.A., St. John's University

Ph.D., The Ohio State University


Shaw N. Gynan - Professor of Spanish and Linguistics (1986)

Shaw Gynan

Office: Miller Hall 215A

Phone: 360-650-4853

B.S., Georgetown University

M.A., University of Texas, El Paso

Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin


Joan M. Hoffman - Professor of Spanish, Spanish Study Abroad Advisor (1994)

Joan Hoffman

Office: Miller Hall 222A

Phone: 360-650-4803

B.A., University of Washington 

M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Ph.D., Indiana University

Professor Hoffman has taught Spanish language and literature at all levels as well as the culture and history of Spain. Her research interests include 19th-century Spanish realism and authorship by women.

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Voces femeninas de España: Una antología


Rodolfo Mata - Assistant Professor of Spanish & Linguistics (2017)

R. Mata

Office: Miller Hall 228

Phone: 360-650-3925

B.A., University of Texas at El Paso

M.F.A., University of Alaska 

Ph.D. & M.A., University of California

Professor Mata's current research focus is Spanish as a heritage language in the United States, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border area. His fieldwork analyzes some of the morpho-syntactic properties of Spanish (such as subjunctive) that may be vulnerable to language contact, as well as discourse-pragmatics elements such as fillers and discourse markers. At Western he teaches general & Spanish linguistics, as well as Spanish as a heritage language.


Paqui Paredes - Chair / Professor of Spanish (2002)

Paqui Paredes

Office: Miller Hall 223B

Phone: 360-650-2038

B.A., Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

M.A. & Ph.D., University of Kansas



Charles Patterson - Associate Professor of Spanish  (2012)

Charles Patterson

Office: Miller Hall 216D

Phone: 360-650-2154


B.A., Utah State University

M.A., The University of New Mexico

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Professor Patterson's research interest is in Golden Age Spanish theater, as well as more recent translations, adaptations, and performances of these early modern works. He teaches all levels of Spanish language, culture, and literature.


Luis Gonzalo Portugal - Senior Instructor of Spanish (2013)

Office: Miller Hall 222B

Phone: 360-650-4200

B.A., Universidad Mayor de San Andrés

M.A., University of Oregon

Ph.D., University of Oregon



Mary-Anne Rangel-Guerrero - Senior Instructor of Spanish

Office: Miller Hall 218A

Phone: 360-650-4802

B.A., University of Oregon

M.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill