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Mario Morera

Mario Morera, Ph.D. was born in Heredia, Costa Rica.  He is a graduate of Universidad de Costa Rica, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English, translation, and literature. He also holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Spanish, English and Latin-American Studies) from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Ph.D. degree in Spanish (XX and XXI Centuries Latin American Cultural Studies), with a minor in Portuguese, from Texas Tech University.  

His experience in Spanish language teaching and knowledge of language teaching pedagogy with American students dates back to 1996 when he was awarded an ACM scholarship and taught Spanish at Albion College. Upon his return to Costa Rica, he developed a strong nine-year professional relationship with ACM working as a Spanish instructor. That period provided him with all the mental and pedagogical skills necessary to be successful not only in the area of language teaching, but also to learn how ACM operates as an institution.

At Stephen F. Austin State University, he worked as a Spanish Instructor Adjunct Faculty in the Foreign Languages Department for four semesters, which included the coordination of their study abroad programs  in Costa Rica, and in Madrid, Spain. At Texas Tech University, he taught Spanish classes ranging from 1000 to 4000 levels, including two semesters with their study abroad program in Seville, Spain, and also worked as the Language Laboratory Coordinator and Lower Division Spanish Coordinator.

Since his dissertation is a study that explores the ways in which the dystopia is represented in the cultural production of Latin America, based in the analysis of plays, novels and films depicting different moments of the social, political and economic reality of the area over the past 40 years, he created a  theoretical framework based on a research covering concepts related to hybrid cultures, globalization, technological revolution, international free trade agreements, dictatorships, post-colonialism, drug trafficking, and transculturization of Latin-American societies. A significantly high percentage of the books, articles and critics used for this purpose are produced by Latin Americans writing on the subject the theory mentioned before, from, and about this region; therefore, he has been able to develop a quite strong mindset regarding a wide array of current events that affect, change and shape the cultural situation in Latin America. Since Costa Rica is also being affected by some of these circumstances, he is prepared to offer an updated input on the country’s cultural, social, economic, and political position from the colony up to now. The advantage of being a Costa Rican citizen who did his undergraduate studies in English there also strengthens his scope regarding having broad familiarity with their culture and society.