Dr. Laura Vázquez Blázquez is a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish (Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies) from the University of Arizona. She is particularly interested in the transformation of cities, culture, food and capital as a frame of reference to examine how global urban processes are portrayed through cultural production. She has taught a variety of courses including Introductory and Intermediate Spanish; Advanced Spanish for Heritage Students; Readings in the Literary Genres; Elementary Medical Spanish; The Arts and Politics in Latin America; Translation and Interpretation: Social Justice and Practice; Latin American and Spanish Literature and Cinema, among other courses. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring different cuisines, and spending time with her puppy and her husband.