Deborah Dougherty




Gunda S. Kaiser Professor of Spanish; Chair, World Languages and Cultures Department; Director, Andison Center for Teaching Excellence



Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Spanish, Michigan State University (1993)
  • M.A., Spanish, Michigan State University (1988)
  • B.A., Spanish, Aquinas College (1986)

I am...

dedicated to helping students learn how to think critically from a variety of different perspectives.  I just happen to ask you to do it in Spanish.  I’ll help you polish your language skills as I guide you through course content (where I get to influence what we think about).  But what’s most important is for you to learn how to think and express yourself.  Once you’ve got that down, you can think about whatever you want—and you can do it in two languages.



My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

Spanish Golden Age Drama

My expertise:

Analysis of Seventeenth-Century Spanish Literature, and Literary Translation

Signature course(s):

The Spanish Civil War in Film and Literature

Recent publications:

Operation Pedro Pan.  Translation, University Press of the South.  2011.

“Voices and Echoes: The English Translation of Rut, la que huyó de la Biblia.and “Translating History:  Remembering the Fiftieth Anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan.” in Bertha Bilbao Richter.  Ed. El mundo ficcional de Josefina Leyva: Metáfora de la libertad. Alexandria Library. Miami. 2011.


Recent presentations:

“Rediscoveries in One Act: New Approaches to Teatro Breve from the Spanish Golden Age—La vida es sueño.”  The American Society for Theatre Research, November 7-10, 2013.

Operation Pedro Pan: The Exodus of Cuba’s Children.”  Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica, November 8-10, 2012.

“Cognitive Theory and the Comedia.”  Michigan Academy, March 2, 2012.

“Contemporary Metaphor Theory and Calderón’s La Vida es sueño.”  Michigan Academy, March 2011.

“Translating History:  Remembering the Fiftieth Anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan.”  Michigan Academy, March 2010.

I've led

numerous Off-Campus Spring Term courses to Spain, Ecuador, Bolivia and Honduras.