Assistant Professor in Spanish
B.A., Moravian College
M.A., Rutgers University
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Dr. Mirna Trauger is a full-time lecturer of Spanish in the department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Muhlenberg College where she has been teaching for thirteen years. Her area of expertise is twentieth century Hispanic Caribbean Literature but her teaching and research interests are not limited to that area of study. She teaches all levels of Spanish, a cluster course titled Latin American Civilizations and Cultures, and has recently developed a CUE course titled Bodies of Otherness: Spain and Latin America’s Relationship with the Other through Literature and the Visual Arts. Her professional work includes scholarly publications as well as presentations at national and international literary and teaching conferences. Her most recent publication is titled “El cuerpo y su conceptualización posmoderna en Pájaros de la playa de Severo Sarduy” published in Latin American Essays in 2012. Her most recent presentations include “Canción de Rachel: Palimpsesto de la memoria cubana” (Conferencia de Literatura Hispánica in Mérida, Mexico) and “Teaching Students with Disabilities: Strategies and Best Practices for Effective Instruction and Achieving Student Success” (AAC&U Conference in Philadelphia, PA) both given this year (2016).
Her current research focuses on the representation of illness and disability in contemporary Latin American literature. She is currently serving as interim advisor for Theta Nu Xi, the multicultural sorority on campus and is advisor to Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society. Dr. Trauger is also secretary to the National Executive Committee of Phi Sigma Iota and a member of Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies’ Executive Committee. She has also served as a member of Phi Sigma Iota’s National Scholarship Awards Committee, MACLAS’s Whitaker Prize Committee and as the MACLAS conference program co-organizer, among others. She is a recipient of the James Street Prize for best article published by a MACLAS member.