B.A. in Spanish, Tufts University, 2009.
Ian is currently a sixth year PhD candidate, concentrating on 20th and 21st century Latin American novels. His dissertation investigates the use of sexuality as a part of the symbolic system of Latin American novels from the end of the twentieth century into the twenty-first. Additional research interests include the relationship between the technologies of modernization and poetic expression, the writing of queer characters, the use of footnotes in fiction, and the body as propaganda.
Ian proudly considers undergraduate language pedagogy to be a defining facet of his academic career. In the language classroom, Ian is interested in the purposeful integration of online technologies, art, and history into language instruction. He was the recipient of an Online Education Innovation Grant given by the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning in the fall of 2014 and awarded the grand prize in the spring of 2015 for his work creating an online, multimodal reading module. Ian has also worked with the Yale University Art Gallery and Senior Lector Rosamaría León to curate a selection of works from the gallery’s archives to be on display in the Levin Study Gallery and integrated into the Intermediate Spanish II curriculum beginning in the fall of 2015, a collaboration that continues today.
Outside of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Ian is in his third year serving as a McDougal Graduate Teaching Fellow at Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning where he leads workshops to train and prepare other graduate students to be successful instructors.
Ian also works with the Yale African Language Initiative as the instructional designer for a team of instructors teaching languages synchronously and asynchronously at a distance via video conferencing technology. In this role he has worked with instructors of Zulu, Wolof, Swahili, and Yoruba to carefully design course structures, curriculum, and activities online. For his work he has been invited yearly to collaborate and train with the instructors of the Shared Course Initiative, a long-distance language instruction collaboration between Yale University, Columbia University, and Cornell University aimed at sharing less commonly taught languages across the universities.
Please visit his teaching e-portfolio for more information: http://campuspress.yale.edu/ianalthouse/