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Dolores Lima

  • Teaching Associate Professor
  • Spanish Language Program Coordinator

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dolores Lima earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Maryland under the direction of Prof. Jorge Aguilar Mora. She has taught Spanish language, culture, and literature courses at Southern Connecticut State University, Montgomery College, University of Maryland, and The Catholic University of America. Since 2015, she has taught and served as Spanish Language Program Coordinator at the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh.

She has been a Middlebury College Summer School faculty member for more than ten years. In 2022, she taught for the Master in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. The same year, she co-taught and co-directed the Seminar and Field Trip Program in Manizales, Colombia, with Ana Paula Carvalho, organized by the Center of Latin American Studies (CLAS).

Dolores Lima´s research and teaching interests include contemporary Latin American fiction, affect in literature, representations of laughter, and the body's narratives. As coordinator of the Spanish Language Program, she focuses on curriculum design, Spanish for heritage learners, and professional development for teaching assistants and instructors.


  • Latin American Seminar & Field Trip Colombia (Artsc 1990 and 1991)
  • Latin American Social Movements (Span 1456)
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literatures and Cultural Studies (Span 1055)
  • Overview of Latin American Literature (Span 1280)
  • Spanish for Heritage Learners (Span 0126)
  • Spanish Language and Culture courses (Span 0101, 0115, 0103, 0104, 0120)

Academic Services

  • Faculty Liaison for the program College in High School (CHS)
  • Grant Selection Committee Center of Latin American Studies


  • PhD in Latin American Literature, University of Maryland.
  • MA in Spanish Language and Literature, University of Maryland


  • “Proposal for Redesigning Elementary Spanish and Portuguese Courses.” Grant for $ 10,000 awarded by The Dietrich School Curricular Innovation Fund. The University of Pittsburgh. Summer 2018

Selected Publications

  • “La escritura intestinal de Witold Gombrowicz: Contagios y conjuros”.  Estudos Teóricos e Críticos em Literatura. Ed. by Naiara Sales Santos. Universidad Federal de Maranhão. En Prensa. (2022)
  • “La risa blanca de Virgilio Piñera: Inmunidad y soberanía”. Hispamérica, 132. (2016): 43-49
  • “La novela calidoscópica: Afecto y representación en Antonio Di Benedetto.” En Caballero Vázquez, Miguel & Rodríguez Carranza, Luz & Soto van der Plas, Christina (eds.)  (2014): Imágenes y realismos en América Latina. Leiden: Almenara, 149-163
  • “De golpes y caídas: El humor accidentado de Macedonio Fernández.” Miríada Hispánica 7 (2013): 137-155

Areas of Specialization

  • Twentieth-century Latin American literature
  • Humor and Laughter
  • Latin American Social Movements
  • Spanish Language Teaching and Methodology
  • Spanish Heritage Learners