For Carmen Moreno-Díaz (Ph.d, University of Virginia), teaching is an opportunity to be a meaningful part of students’ interests and lives. She enjoys learning new methods and pedagogical approaches to continually improve her teaching. Professor Moreno-Díaz enjoys being surrounded by curious minds and thrives on challenging her students intellectually and being challenged in return. One of her favorite moments in teaching are those when students take charge of their own learning process, reflect on any challenges they’ve faced, and by the end of the semester have realized of all the accomplishments and improvements they’ve made.

   Her research focuses on 20th-century and contemporary Spain, with special attention to the representation and construction of national identity, as well as technologies of control and the subversion of power. She is also interested in studying marginalized communities in modern Spain, especially the LGBTQ community; working to empower and give them voice through her research. Her academic interests intersect with the related fields of Film and Media Studies, especially in her dissertation research about popular culture and Spanish film musicals.  

   On a personal note, she loves attending the many different music performances at Boe Chapel, leather crafting projects, miniature /fairy gardens, and writing.