Community on the Go

Program Hosts

Inca Empire - Peru
Iliana Portaro
Iliana Portaro
Assistant Professor of Spanish
ilianaportaro@suu.edu

Dr. Iliana Portaro has been an Assistant Professor of Spanish at SUU since 2013. She was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Southern California. She received her B.A. (English and Spanish/ Minor in Latin American Studies) from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004. She later received an M.A. (2007) and Ph.D. (2013) in Latin American Literatures and Cultures from the University of California, Davis.

Her specializations include 19th and 20th-century Latin American literature, women’s studies, the intersection between literature and journalism, non-fictional genres, and Peruvian literature. Her research analyzes the works of female Peruvian intellectuals at the beginning of the twentieth century and how journalism is used as a place of encounters and transgressions, crucial for the formation of a female intellectual subjectivity.?

Emily Dean
Emily Dean
Associate Professor of Anthropology/Department Chair
deane@suu.edu

Dr. Emily Dean (Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley) is an archaeologist specializing in the prehistory of the Andean region of South America. Before coming to SUU, she taught as a visiting instructor at Colgate University in New York and at the University of California, Berkeley. She has conducted archaeological and anthropological field work in the U.S., Peru, Bolivia, England, and Australia.

Halloween in Transylvania
Kyle Bishop
Kyle Bishop
Academic Coord of Honors Program
bishopk@suu.edu

Kyle Bishop is an associate professor of English and the director of the SUU Honors Program. As a scholar of all things popular culture, he has been leading dynamic summer study-abroad programs for seven years now; including, Harry Potter in the United Kingdom, British Gothic Literature, The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, and Frankenstein Across Central Europe. He has an academic background in art history as well as literature and film, and he will be available for anyone who wants a little primer in the wacky world of modern art or who wants to learn more about Dracula and the monstrous side of London - and he'll of course be taking anyone interested to see Harry Potter film sites, including the WB Studio museum.

Grant Corser
Grant Corser
Associate Professor of Psychology/Dept Chair
corser@suu.edu

Dr. Grant C. Corser is an associate professor and chair of the Psychology Department at Southern Utah University. In addition to teaching a variety of psychology courses and conducting teacher training, Dr. Corser is an active researcher who investigates the cognitive consequences of mood and emotion and how these interact with personality to influence behavior. He is particularly interested in reactions to fear. Most recently, he has been researching personality variables which affect workplace environments. He remains active in campus and community service, and on multiple occasions served as a sports consultant.