María Magdalena Olivares, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish (2012). B.A., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; M.A., University of Oregon (2006); Ph.D. The Catholic University of America (2012). Dr. Olivares' dissertation explores Intertextuality Politics between Discourses of the Conquest and Chilean Theater. Her research and teaching interests include Contemporary Latin American literature and theater (especially Southern Cone); literature and history; indigenous studies; gender and sexuality studies; Latin American cinema; and foreign language pedagogy. Dr. Olivares recently has published on representation and testimonio of Mapuche migrant women in theater and film. Currently, she is working, as a long term project, on the manuscript of a book tentative title Theatrical and Cinematic Representations of Mapuche People and their Pre(Ab)sence in Southern American Cultural Imagination. And, as short term projects, Dr. Olivares is writing two articles, one discusses Lucia Puenzo's films, and the other article is devoted to depictions of conquistadoras and colonial women on Inés Stranger's plays. She has served twice as resident director of study abroad programs in Querétaro, México; and was the winner of the Outstanding Instructor Award at CUA.