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Dr Jennifer Irish-Mendez

Assistant Professor of Spanish


Dr. Jennifer Irish-Mendez is an Assistant Professor of Spanish for the Department of Foreign Languages. She earned a PhD in Spanish from Florida State University in 2018 with a dissertation exploring the evolving representation of gender, race, and sexuality in the contemporary Hispanic Caribbean diasporic novel in the United States. She also has research interests in environmental justice, Brazilian diasporic literature in the United States, graphic novels, and heritage speaker pedagogy. Her work has appeared in Label Me Latina/oStudies in American Culture, and Transmodernity, among other publications.  

Prior to joining DFL in Fall 2021, she was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Ferrum College in Southwest Virginia. There, she was also the Director of International Programs, coordinating both study abroad and international student services. There, as well as at Florida State University, she co-led summer study abroad programs to Latin America.  

This academic year, she will participate in the USMA Master Teaching Program, Spanish Language Forum, and International Cadet Club. She is also the course director for LS485, Spanish American Literature. She resides in Manhattan with her husband and enjoys cooking, reading, and running.