Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Yolopattli I. Hernández Torres

Assistant Professor of Spanish Language 

portrait of professor hernandez-torres

Maryland Hall 456


  • 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.

PJB 2/22/16

Spring 2021 Newsletter

Fall 2021 Course List

Spring 2021 Office Hours

Due to the Corona Virus, we are working partly on campus.

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

English, Spanish