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Timothy P. Gaster

Academic Biography:
My interest in Spanish and Portuguese literature stems from my love of different languages and cultures in general.

I enjoy teaching at Monmouth because learning goes beyond what is done just in the classroom. Professors are more than teachers. They are mentors that can really help shape the lives of engaged students.

Research Interests:
The research I have been working on recently has to do with how other cultures (specifically Japan) are represented in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking societies. There I analyze the ethical relationships between self/other and the construction of identites involved in this encounter in relation to geopolitical and historical concerns.

My other research interests include (but are not limited to) Spanish and Portuguese colonial period relations in the Americas and Asia, nineteenth-century Latinos in the U.S., and Second Language Acquistition (the theories and methods for teaching/learning a second language)

Courses Taught:
Japanese 101 and 102 Elementary Japanese
Portuguese 101 and 102 Advanced Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Spanish 101, 102, and 201 Elementary and Intermediate Spanish
Spanish 246 Advanced Grammar and Composition for Heritage Speakers
Spanish 290 Costa Rica: History, Culture and the Environment
Spanish 324 Survey of Spanish American Literature
Spanish 326 Special Topics Latinxs in 19th Century North America
Spanish 334 Survey of Latin American History and Culture
Spanish 336 Special Topics in Hispanophone History and Culture: Theatre
Integrated Studies 315 and 488 Cosmology and Creation;Happiness and the Community

Education:
Ph.D. University of Chicago 2010
M.A. University of Illiniois at Chicago 2002
B.A. The Ohio State University 1992

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 304 McMichael Academic
Email: tgaster@monmouthcollege.edu