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, theater and cinema (especially Southern Cone including Mapuche culture); literature and history; adaptation studies; Hispanic women dramatists and filmmakers; 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 on a book manuscript tentatively titled Theatrical and Cinematic Representations of Mapuche People and their Pre(Ab)sence in Southern American Cultural Imagination. Dr. Olivares has served twice as resident director of study abroad programs in Mexico, and was the winner of the Outstanding Instructor Award at CUA.