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Cecelia Lawless

Senior Lecturer of Spanish Language and Literature


Cecelia Lawless, Senior Lecturer, has her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. The title of her dissertation is "Homeward Bound: A Study of Home in Hispanic and American Gothic Novels." She has previously taught at Hamilton College and at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in their Spanish departments.  

Cecelia also has a background in film studies and architecture. She has twice received a Fulbright grant to Merida, Venezuela, where she taught courses in urban studies and film at la Universidad de los Andes and conducted research on Latin American documentaries that focus on urban sites. She has published Making Home in Havana (Rutgers, 2002), as well as a number of articles on film and on architectural concepts in literature. In addition, she participates in many national and international conferences that coincide with her strong interest in Cuban film and literature.

As a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies, she teaches both language and literature courses. Currently she is the Faculty Fellow for the Spanish Language House at Alice Cook, and is a member of the steering committee for the Latin American Studies Program for whom she chairs the film series. As of 2009 she is the Director of the Foreign Language Across the Curriculum Program (FLAC) that offers Spanish language sections in conjunction with established courses in a variety of disciplines.


  • Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • Cinematic Images of Change
  • Readings in Modern Latin-American Literature
  • The City in Hispanic Novels
  • Intermediate Composition and Conversation I & II, SPAN 2190 and SPAN 3110


  • Romance Studies




  • Making Home in Havana, Rutgers Press, 2002