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HLL Alumni

Our alumni/ae have achieved high levels of success across a multitude of industries - here are a few that we would like to celebrate!

Daviana Gonzalez
Daviana Gonzalez
Daviana Gonzalez, 2023 Spanish major, chemistry minor, pre-PA track, EMT-B

“As a Latina woman who did not grow up learning Spanish, I always felt a drive to learn the language to communicate more efficiently with my Spanish-speaking family. Additionally, as a student with the intention of pursuing a career in medicine, I wanted to learn the language to communicate with and advocate for my future Spanish-speaking patients. Through Pitt’s Hispanic Languages and Literatures Program I was able to achieve the goal of strengthening my Spanish communication skills while also continuing my pre-health track to utilize these same skills with current and future patients.”

Edgar Luis Colón
Edgar Luis Colón
Edgar Luis Colón, 2023 PhD graduate

Edgar Luis Colón graduated from the Pitt Hispanic Languages and Literatures program in the Summer of 2023. After graduation, Edgar continued teaching and has contributed to community outreach programs related to chess in Pittsburgh. Edgar plans to expand his explorations of the intersectionality between literature and other cultural manifestations in Latin America. Edgar writes: “The Pitt Hispanic Languages and Literatures program was a voyage through the artistic production of a myriad of regions in the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world, which set forth a nuanced understanding of Latin America.” 

Doctoral Alumni by Year


  • Naira Corzón
  • Mercedes Dollar
  • Kelvin Durán 
  • Manuel Garzón 
  • María Llorens
  • Paul Guillén
  • Jesús Morales Hernández 
  • Ricardo Vázquez


  • Cesar Adrian Romero Fernandez
  • Emy Takada Lang
  • Kayle Welch


  • Jillian Kite
  • Giovanni Pizardi
  • Gustavo Vargas Vargas


  • Leslie Elizabeth Davila
  • Gustavo Quintero


  • Maria Auxilliadora Balladares Uquillas
  • Andrea Cabel
  • Mauricio Pulecio Pulgarin


  • Fernando Andres Iturralde


  • Gerardo Aguilar
  • Tatiana Argüello
  • Andrea Juliana Enciso
  • Emma Freeman
  • Daniel Giraldo
  • Jairo Antonio Hoyas Galvis
  • Becky Klink 
  • Hernán Medina
  • Adriana Pitetta
  • Roberto Raul Ponce Cordero
  • Arne Romanowski​
  • Pedro Salas
  • Alejandro Sánchez Lopera
  • Parker Shaw
  • Jorge Tapia-Ortiz
  • Sebastián Urli
  • Anne Wesserling


  • Monica Barrientos
  • Enrique Chacón
  • Arturo Matute-Castro


  • Maria del Carmen Saldarriaga
  • Alessandra Chiriboga Holzheu
  • Christopher Nielsen
  • Maria Ximena Postigo Guzman
  • Maria Julia Rossi
  • Cesar Zamorano


  • ​Hannah Burdette
  • Nashieli Marcano
  • George Palacios
  • Gina Villamizar


  • Debbie Bensadon
  • Carolina Gainza
  • Sarah Ohmer
  • Alicia Ortega
  • Carolina Rueda
Doctoral Placements
  • Raquel Alfaro: Assistant Professor, University of Rochester (
  • Tatiana Arguello: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Puget Sound
  • Monica Barrientos: Assistant Professor, Universidad Autonoma de Chile in Chile
  • Hannah Burdette: Assistant Professor, California State University-Chico
  • Andrea Cabel: Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Lima
  • Luis Enrique Chacon: Assistant Professor, Southern Oregon University (
  • Alessandra Chiriboga: Spanish Instructor, Sweet Briar College
  • Leslie Davila: Adjunct Professor, Long Beach City College, Cypress College, & Mt San Antonio College ( )
  • Andrea Juliana Enciso: Assistant Professor, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Carolina Gainza: Assistant Professor, Universidad Diego Portales
  • Daniel Giraldo: Assistant Professor, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
  • Jillian Kite: Academic Consultant at BeMo Academic Consulting
  • Magdalena López, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Lisbon
  • Nashieli Marcano: Research Librarian, Kennesaw State University (
  • Arturo Matute: Visiting Assistant Professor, Denison University
  • Hernán Medina: Assistant Professor of Spanish, The College of Wooster
  • Christopher Nielsen, Educator and Researcher, Institute for Health and Socioeconomic Policy
  • Sarah Ohmer: Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of Indianapolis
  • George Palacios: Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Clemson University (
  • Adriana Pitetta: Assistant Professor, Mount Holyoke College ( 
  • Giovanni Pizardi
  • Maria Ximena Postigo Guzman: Visiting Assistant Professor, Vassar College
  • Mauricio Pulecio: Lecturer, University of New Hampshire (
  • Gustavo Quintero: Lecturer, California State University: Bakersfield (
  • Cesar Adrian Romero Fernandez: Lecturer, Princeton University
  • Maria Julia Rossi: Associate Professor, John Jay College-CUNY (
  • Carolina Rueda: Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma (
  • Maria del Carmen Saldarriaga: Investigator, Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia (
  • Alejandro Sanchez Lopera: Assistant Professor of Political Science, Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Parker Shaw: Assistant Professor, Eastern Washington University
  • Emy Takada Lang
  • Jorge Tapia-Ortiz: Indigenous Literatures MA Program Director, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico
  • Sebastián Urli: Postdoctoral Researcher, Bowden College
  • Gustavo Vargas Vargas: Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota (
  • Gina Villamizar: Associate Professor, Youngstown State University (
  • Anne Wesserling: Assistant Professor, Brenau College in Georgia (