During the summers of her college and graduate school years Dr. DeGrave worked with Latino/a migrant communities in rural Minnesota at Migrant Head Start, Title I and Migrant Health Services. Her ties to the Midwest also led her to volunteer through Project Minnesota - León in León, Nicaragua. She is a proud member of the Wisconsin-based non-profit organization, Farmer to Farmer: http://www.farmertofarmer.org/about
- WMNS 422 Women’s Lives and Experiences in Nicaragua
- Spanish/LAS 475 Social and Environmental Justice in Latin American Literature
- LAS 491 Latino/a Literature
- Spanish 491 Nobel Prize Winners of Latin America
- LAS 450 Latin American Studies Capstone
- Spanish/LAS 367 Survey of Latin American Literature
- Spanish/LAS 352 Contemporary Latin American Civilization
- Spanish/LAS 312 Latinos in the U.S.
- LAS 150 Introduction to Latin American Studies
Dr. DeGrave teaches Latin American literature and civilization and Spanish language courses. She also teaches Introduction to Latin American Studies.
Research and Creative Activities
- Latin American and Latino/a poetry and constructions of utopia and dystopia.
- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Spanish)
- M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Spanish)
- B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College: St. Peter, Minnesota (Spanish and History)
“Education and Outreach through Ludo-Pedagogy and Experiential Learning. Bridging Feminist and Diversity Movements in Today’s Nicaragua: An Interview with Helen Alfaro, Yova Briones, and Tannia Rizo Lazo of La Casa de los Colores.” Feminist Teacher, vol. 26 no. 2–3, 2018, pp. 213-232.
“Re-legitimizing the State in Honduras: Sendero en Resistencia: Poetry’s Reclamation of Communication, Justice, and Truth in Post-Coup Honduras.” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana. (Fall 2015): 4-20.
“‘Not Nowhere:’ ‘Walking Bridges’ in an “AmeRícan” Utopia” appears in the book The AmeRican Poet: Essays on the Work of Tato Laviera, edited by Stephanie Alvarez and William Luis, New York: Center Puerto Rican Studies, 2014, pages 87-123.
"Palmares: utopian representations of a runaway settlement in colonial Brazil" appears in the book "New Worlds Reflected: Travel and Utopia in the Early Modern Period," edited by Chloë Houston, Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2010, pages 137-158.
Honors and Recognitions
Walking OUT Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Affirmative Action Office, for Mentorship and Support of LGBTQ Students, May 2012.
Office of Multicultural Affairs Distinguished Service Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Fall 2011
Excellence in Advising Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, August 2007.