Vanessa De La Vega

Vanessa Rodriquez de la Vega

Assistant Professor
Modern & Classical Languages

Academic Interests

  • Spanish Contemporary Peninsular Literature

  • Historical Fiction

  • Hybridity in Literature

  • Spanish Golden Age Literature

  • Minor literary sub-genres

  • Second Language Acquisition

  • Bilinguism

  • Second Language Teaching Methodology

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Published in important peer-reviewed journals from the Spanish literature field such as Hispania, Mongraphic Review/Revista Monografica, Alba de America Journal, Hispanet Journal, Revista Liberia, etc.

  • Presented at both international and National Hispanic Literary Conferences such as XXXIV ALDEEU Conference, Spanish professionals in America, Washington DC; XXXVIII International Symposium of Hispanic Literature.  California State Univeristy Dominguez Hills, Carson, California, VI Congreso Internacional de la Asociacion Hispanics de Hunmanidades (AIHH), Madrid, Spain, etc.

Previous Experience

  • I have worked as a graduate part-time Instructor in Texas Tech University and in West Virginia.
  • Worked as a Spanish Instructor at Truman State University, Kirksville, MO
  • Worked as an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO 


Palencia, Spain


I enjoy exercising and working out at the gym on a regular basis as well as running outside whenever the weather is nice. Any outdoor activity is the perfect fit for me. I love spending time with my four-legged babies, Naya and Alfie and taking them for walks.

Future Goals and Aspirations

I hope to inspire the students on a daily basis by making them aware of the importance of studying a language for their future career; and to make them aware of the cultural diversity presented throughout languages.

Life Outside the University

Basically related to spend quality time with family and friends and helping my husband in his vineyard and wine business.


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