Spanish Faculty

Alexis Ortiz is originally from Colima, México. He enjoys living in Kentucky and working at Brescia since the fall of  2018. He earned his Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literature at Boston University. Currently, he coordinates the Spanish program at Brescia, teaches a variety of courses in language, culture, and literature, and advises students interested in earning a minor or a major in Spanish. His research focuses on nineteenth and early twentieth-century Mexican writers and intellectuals. One of his main goals at Brescia is to help students become bilingual and visit Mexico, where he hopes they will enjoy learning Spanish in the City of Oaxaca while practicing Caritas by working with some of the many local non-profit organizations located in the City of Oaxaca.

In his free time, he enjoys exploring the many historic towns found in Kentucky and hiking. If you like guacamole, let him know and he will happily make you some.


Assistant Professor of Spanish

Modern Languages Area Coordinator


B.A. Linguistics, Universidad de Colima, 2007

M.A. Spanish Language and Literature, University of Rhode Island, 2008

Ph.D. Hispanic Language and Literature, Boston University, 2018

Selected publications:

Ortiz, Alexis. “¿Liberal radical o romántico? Ignacio Ramírez y el pensamiento romántico”. A contracorriente. (Accepted. Forthcoming, Spring 2022) 

Pérez Barajas, A. y Ortiz, A. (2020). “El estudio de la identidad desde la lingüística sociocultural. Una propuesta para identificación, codificación e interpretación de categorías en una entrevista narrativa”.  Propuestas metodológicas para el trabajo y la investigación lingüística. Aplicaciones teóricas y descriptivas. México: UNAM/UCOL, 2020, pp. 685-736.

Ortiz, Alexis. “El análisis crítico del discurso y la entrevista etnográfica: un acercamiento multidisplicinario.” Técnicas de investigación lingüística y otras disciplinas afines. Ed. Alan Pérez Barajas. México: Universidad de Colima y otras editoriales, 2015, pp. 203-231 


American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese  

Latin American Studies Association

Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies


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