Laurie Urraro, Ph.D.

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Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish, Languages
129 Kochel

Mailing Address:
PENN STATE BEHREND
170 KOCHEL CENTER
ERIE, PA 16563

Laurie L. Urraro currently holds a position of Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, having completed her Ph.D. in Peninsular Literatures and Cultures from the Ohio State University (2011), where she specialized in contemporary female-authored Spanish drama. She earned a Bachelor's degree from John Carroll University (1997) and a Master's degree from Kent State University (1999). She has teaching experience at the high school level (Collegiate Academy, Erie PA 1999 - 2002), as well as a number of universities, including Kent State University (1997 - 1999), the Ohio State University (2002 - 2006), and Gannon University (2008 - 2010).

Dr. Urraro's areas of expertise and interest include: modern peninsular languages and cultures, women's studies, contemporary Spanish film, studies of gender and sexuality, and contemporary Spanish theatre. Dr. Urraro's primary area of research is contemporary female-authored Spanish drama; she also is interested in gender and sexuality studies, women's studies, contemporary Spanish film, cultural studies, transgender studies, and transgender studies in education.

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 001, Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 002, Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 003, Intermediate Spanish

My primary area of research is contemporary female-authored Spanish drama; I am also interested in gender and sexuality studies, women's studies, contemporary Spanish film, cultural studies, transgender studies, and transgender studies in education.

The Hegemony of Transition and Transgender Counternarratives in Children’s Picture Books, Research in Queer Studies - 2019
Collaborator: Ashley Sullivan, Co-Author

Voices of Transgender Children in Early Childhood Education: Reflections on Resistance and Resiliency - August, 2019
Collaborator: Ashley Sullivan, Co-Author

Voices of Transgender Children in Early Childhood Education: Reflections on Resistance and Resiliency - August, 2019
Collaborator: Ashley Sullivan, Co-Author

"A Note on Yolanda Dorado and Her Play" - November, 2018

"First Communion" - September, 2018

“Missing Persons Report! Where are the Transgender Characters in Children’s Picture Books?”, Bank Street Occasional Paper Series - 2017
Collaborator: Ashley Sullivan, Co-Author

Translation of Spanish play 'Hambre ciega', Alicante: Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, 2017 - 2017

Medical Spanish for Nurses: A Self Teaching Guide - August, 2016
Collaborators: Soledad Traverso, Co-Author; Patricia Pasky-McMahon, Co-Author

Reseña crítica de Género, identidad y drama histórico escrito por mujeres en España (1975 - 2010) de Luisa García-Manso, Feministas unidas - September, 2015

Interspatial Reflections: Liminal Spaces = Marginal Selves: 'La mirada' by Yolanda Pallin - April, 2015

Los trabajos teatrales de las Marías Guerreras, Primer Acto - April, 2007

Las aportaciones bestiales en cuatro películas de Buñuel, Monographic Review - 2004

El travestismo y sus aportaciones cómicas en dos comedias del Siglo de Oro, Selected Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference - 2003

Ph D, Modern Spanish literature, The Ohio State University

MA, Spanish literature, Kent State University

BA, Spanish/ Education, John Carroll University