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Lucia Montas

Senior Lecturer
Lecturer of Spanish
Senior Lecturer of Spanish
Office: Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Murkland Hall Rm 210G, Durham, NH 03824

Dr. Montás graduated from the University of Florida (BA/MA 2009) and the University of Kentucky (MA, PhD) 2018. She has served as Lecturer of Spanish at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is currently a Senior Lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches Intermediate Spanish, Spanish for Business professionals, Introduction to Latin American Culture and Hispanic Cultural Studies.

Her research is interdisciplinary which focuses on Urban Cultural Studies and Contemporary Latin American literature with an emphasis on Caribbean women writers. Her dissertation: "La ciudad de las letradas: Reescribiendo Santo Domingo en la narrativa femenina urbana dominicana del nuevo milenio" (2018) examines the representation of the city and everyday urban life in texts written by contemporary Dominican female writers. These Dominican women writers imagine and depict the city of Santo Domingo by redefining the urban model and expressing social criticism through the themes of gentrification, violence, memory, and social inequality.

Currently, she is interested in exploring the works of other Latin American Women Writers from Nicaragua and Colombia.

Her work has been published in Cuadrivium: Revista del Departamento de Español UPR Humacao and Voces del Caribe among other interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journals.

Courses Taught

  • LLC 444I: Honors/US Latinx Cities
  • SPAN 401: Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 402: Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 503: Intermediate Spanish I
  • SPAN 504: Intermediate Spanish II
  • SPAN 526: Intro to Latin American Cult
  • SPAN 631: Adv Conversation&Compositn I
  • SPAN 647: Hispanic Cultural Studies


  • Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky
  • M.A., Hispanic Studies, University of Kentucky
  • M.A., Spanish Literature, University of Florida
  • B.A., Spanish, University of Florida

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Caribbean literature and cultures
  • Contemporary Latin American literature
  • Critical cultural studies
  • Cultural geography
  • Urban and spatial studies
  • Women's literature and gender studies

Selected Publications

  • Montas, L. (2022). La cuentística urbana dominicana: “Parquecito” como espacio transcultural y global en la narrativa de Aurora Arias. Voces del Caribe: Revista de Estudios Caribeños (Special Dominican Issue), 14, 1651-1663. Retrieved from https://vocesdelcaribe.org/ensayos-3

  • Montas, L. (2019). “Literatura urbana femenina: La ciudad de Santo Domingo en Cóctel con frenesí y La estrategia de chochueca”. Cuadrivium: Revista del Departamento de Español UPR Humacao., 13.

  • Montas, L. (n.d.). Intersections of Urban Violence in the Dominican Novel "Cóctel con frenesí.” .. Voces del Caribe: Revista de Estudios Caribeños, 9(1). Retrieved from http://vocesdelcaribe.org/e-journal-volumen-9-numero-1/

  • Montas, L. (n.d.). “Charamicos: Bildungsroman femenino aprendizaje político a través de la memoria histórica.”. The Coastal Review, 3(3). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/thecoastalreview/