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Dr. Beth Bernstein

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Office: Centennial 135
Phone: 512.245.2079

Curriculum Vitae

Biography: Dr. Beth Bernstein is a Senior Lecturer of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Texas State University. She is originally from Wisconsin, and completed her Bachelor of Arts, with majors in Spanish and English, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Bernstein spent her junior year abroad in Madrid and studied at the Universidad Complutense. She completed her PhD with distinction in Spanish literature at the University of New Mexico in 2006. Dr. Bernstein enjoys teaching Spanish language courses as well as innovating curricula exploring issues of identity in Spanish literature. She also created and organizes the Texas State Intercambio: Spanish-Language Mixer which is an opportunity for students from Spanish-speaking countries and Spanish language learners to come together and share in a cultural dialogue.

Research Interests: Dr. Bernstein's specialty is seventeenth-century and twentieth-century peninsular theater and poetry, and she is especially interested in issues of identity. She is the author of Exploring Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality in Four Spanish Plays: A Crisis of Identity (Lexington Books, 2021); the article “Trickster Women: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the works of Txus García and Hannah Gadsby” in the book Queer Women in Modern Spanish Literature: Sexuality, Otherness and Activism of las ‘Chicas Raras’ (Routledge, 2022); and the article “Rompiendo barreras heteronormativas: Txus García y Denice Frohman” in the book Del salvaje siglo XIX al inestable siglo XX en las letras transatlánticas: Una mirada retrospectiva a través de hispanistas (Vernon Press, 2022).

Published Works

Courses Taught:


• Spanish 5100 (Graduate-level Seminar on Language Teaching Skills)


• Spanish 1410 In-person and Online (1st semester elementary Spanish)

• Spanish 1420 In-person and Online (2nd semester elementary Spanish)

• Spanish 2310 In-person and Online (3rd semester intermediate Spanish)