Romance Languages and Literatures

Diana Palenzuela Rodrigo

Full-Time Lecturer


Gates-Blake 204

Office Hours: 

Monday and Wednesday 1:30-2:30pm


Program(s): Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies

Born and raised in the Basque Country, northern Spain, I moved to the United States in 2011 to start my adventure as a language instructor. Since then, I have enjoyed every minute of it trying to share the pleasure of learning languages with all my students.

After graduating from the University of the Basque Country with a BA in Translation and Modern languages, I completed a Postgraduate Degree in Foreign Language Teaching, as well as an MA in Multilingualism and Education. Right now, I am finishing a PhD on Minority Languages and Education (I will be defending my dissertation in 2019). Regarding my professional experience, besides teaching languages in Spain and Italy, I have worked as a Spanish and Basque lecturer at the University of California Santa Barbara and at The University of Chicago since 2011.

My main research areas are minority languages, cross-cultural education and innovation of language pedagogies; however, I still find time to practice my real passion: traveling, which I think is one of the best ways to learn.