Dr. Marcela Valencia is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Classical and Modern Foreign Languages at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She teaches Spanish language, advanced grammar and composition, and Hispanic literature and culture.
Dr. Valencia specializes in Latin American literature of the 20th Century. With slight modifications, her book Jorge Pimentel, Hora Zero y el cambio de época en la poesía peruana (Latin American Writers Institute/Eugenio María de Hostos Community College/The City University of New York, 2017) includes her doctoral thesis on the influence of the poet Jorge Pimentel and the Hora Zero Movement in the change of era of Peruvian poetry.
Dr. Marcela Valencia received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies and a M.A. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky.
In Lima, she has worked as an instructor of English as a second language, translator, journalist, editor and art galleries director.
Before joining NDMU’s faculty, Dr. Valencia has taught at the University of Kentucky, at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and at South Dakota State University. She has also worked as an editor in a translation company in New York City.