Spanish Faculty

Dr. Cheri Robinson’s research is transnational and interdisciplinary in nature with primary foci in cultural studies, film and literature in twentieth- and twenty first- century Latin America. Other relevant research has focused on physical and theoretical aspects of borderlands and frontiers, representational strategies using child and adolescent protagonists, and intersections between Holocaust Studies and Trauma Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles, and currently teaches as an assistant professor of Spanish at Brescia University.


Assistant Professor of Spanish


Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures – University of California

Selected Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Publications

“Residente’s ‘War’ and the Reframing of Terror.” Studies in Spanish & Latin American Cinemas, vol. 17, no. 3,

“Children and Trauma: Unexpected Resistance and Justice in Film and Drawings.” Wounded: Studies in Literary and Cinematic Trauma, special issue of Humanities, vol. 7, no. 1, article 19,

“The Violence Within and the Violence Without: Reina Roffé’s ‘La noche en blanco.’” Mester, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 65-86.


Dr. Valeriya Fritz has earned her Ph.D. in Spanish at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2016 and has been teaching at Brescia University for four years both in person and online. She enjoys studying and teaching languages. Dr. Fritz speaks Spanish, Russian, French, some German and is currently learning Portuguese. Her academic interests include Spanish literature and second language pedagogy.

In her free time, she loves making crafts with her daughter, practicing yoga and gardening in her backyard.


Online Instructor of Spanish


Ph.D. in Spanish – Indiana University, Bloomington, 2016

M.A in Spanish – Indiana University, Bloomington, 2009

M.A. in Spanish and Business Administration – Methodist University, NC 2006

Selected Publications: 

Fritz, Valeriya F. (2017) “The Construction of a Transatlantic Subject: Family and Nation in “Sola” by María José de Chopitea,” The Coastal Review: An Online Peer-reviewed Journal: Vol. 0 : Iss. 1 , Article 2.

Fedonkina, Valeriya and Valentyna Filimonova. “Exile and Border Identity: Linguistic Evidence from leísmo Use in Works of Cecilia G. de Guilarte.” Hiedra. Bloomington, 2014.


American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese