Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Yolopattli I. Hernández Torres

Associate Professor of Spanish Language 

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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A., Ph.D. 
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, México, B.A.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Colonial Spanish American Literatures and Cultures
  • Visual Culture in Spanish America

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Summer Research Grant (Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Loyola University Maryland), 2015
  • Summer Research Grant (Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Loyola University Maryland), 2014
  • Professional Development Grant (Office of the Provost, Lycoming College), 2011
  • Tinker Field Research Grant (Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), 2006

Recent Courses Taught at Loyola University Maryland

  • Introduction to Latino and Latina Studies
  • Travel Writings of the New World
  • Chronicles of Conquest, Resistance and Transculturation
  • From Baroque to Enlightenment: Novo-Hispanic Perspectives
  • Visual Culture in Colonial Latin America
  • Composition and Conversation
  • Intermediate Spanish II

Lectures and Presentations

 Presentations at Scholarly Conferences (Recent and upcoming)

  • “There is No Productivity in Seamstresses, Wet-nurses, and Maids: The Case of Women’s Work in Late Colonial Mexico.” 46th Annual Meeting of the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. March 2015.
  • “Maternidad a finales de la colonia novohispana.” XL Congreso del Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (IILI) in El Colegio de México. Mexico City. June 2014.
  • “Niños de nadie, niños de Dios: La función de la Casa de Niños Expósitos en la colonia tardía novohispana.”  LASA, Chicago, IL. May 2014.
  • “Children of God: Motherhood and child abandonment in late colonial Mexico.” ASECS, Williamsburg VA. March 2014.
  • “Medicina y prensa: El papel de la Gaceta de México en la salud pública de México a finales de la colonia.” LASA, Washington D.C. May-June 2013.
  • “Medicine, Women’s Health, and Press: The Role of Gaceta de México and Diario de México in Public Health in Late Colonial Mexico.” South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Austin, TX. February 2013.
  • “Witchcraft, Power, and Death: Dangerous Women in Northern Mexico in the Late Colonial Period.” SEA Seventh Biennial Conference, Philadelphia, PA. March 2011.

 Invited Talks

  • “Migration, reclassification and displacement: The case of errant populations in late colonial Mexico.” Presented at Adams State University, Alamosa, CO. October 2014.

Service, Activities, and Memberships in Academic Societies



  • “Melindrosas, bárbaras y maternales: El oficio de las parteras en la discusión periodística de la Gaceta de México y el Diario de México.” Letras femeninas 2014, XL (2): 63-77.
  • “Enfermedades políticas de Hipólito Villarroel: migración, higiene y orden social en la Nueva España a finales del siglo XVIII.” Chasqui. May 2015, 44 (1): 77-90.

 Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

  •  Encyclopedia Entry: “Retablos (Religious Paintings)”, Encyclopedia of Latino Folklore. Herrera-Sobek, María,ed.  Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2012.Vol. 3.
  •  Book Review: Historia de la literatura mexicana 3. Cambios de reglas, mentalidades y recursos retóricos en la Nueva España del siglo XVIII. Coord. Nancy Vogeley y Manuel Ramos Medina. México: Siglo XXI Editores, 2011. Colonial Latin American Review.

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Nora Benedict

Nora Benedict

Nora credits her Loyola education with affording her critical thinking skills and relationships with faculty, both of which inspired a career in academia

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