Modern Languages & Literatures - Spanish

Laura Senio Blair

Associate Professor of Spanish

Areas of expertise

20th and 21st Century Hispano American Narrative and Drama. Chilean Narrative, Drama and Film. Hispanic Film.


Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence 2002
MA, University of Colorado, Boulder 1994
BA, Whitman College 1992


Associate Professor of Spanish
Southwestern University
August 01, 2002 - present

Profesora Visitante
Universidad Catolica de la Santisima Concepcion
March 01, 2012 - August 10, 2012

Teaching Philosophy

Previous Courses


20th and 21 Century Chilean Literature, Drama and Film

Southern Cone Literature, Theatre, Film and Cultural Studies

Hispanic Road Movies

Filming Exile: Chilean Documentaries


Professional Work


Laura Senio Blair will spend the spring 2012 semester teaching and conducting research in Chile.  An associate professor of Spanish at Southwestern, Senio Blair has received a Fulbright award to study and teach in Chile during the spring 2012 semester.  Senio Blair will teach a course on Hispanic theater at the Universidad Católica Santísima Concepción in Concepción, Chile. Concepción is located southwest of Santiago in the central part of Chile.

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“Across Continents and Seas: The Filmic Works of Angelina Vázquez” in Nomadías: El cine de Marilú Mallet, Valeria Sarmiento y Angelina Vázquez. Eds. Catalina Donoso and Elizabeth Ramírez. Iniciativa Bicentenario de la Universidad de Chile y de Santander Universidades-Universidad de Warwick. Forthcoming January 2015.

“Bordering Adolescence: Latin American Youth in Road Films La misma luna and Sin nombre” in Screening Minors in Latin American Cinema. Eds. Carolina Rocha and Georgia Seminet. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014. 119-131.

"Angelina Vázquez y el lente circular del exilio: (re)fundar la identidad chilena por el medio fílmico." Aisthesis: Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile 54.2 (2013): 223-236.

"Driving Class Conflict: Taxis and Taxistas in Contemporary Chilean Cinema." Letras Hispanas 8.1 (2012) 21-31.

"Chilean Theatre: 1900-Present," "Fernando Alegria," "Carlos Droguett," "Ergon Wolff," "Sergio Vadonovic." World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia.  Eds. Maureen Ihrie and Salvador A. Oropesa.  Westport: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

"Residual Effects: The Recurring Theme of Incest in Contemporary Chilean Women's Narrative."  Letras femeninas 36.2 (2010) 183-198.

"A Retrospective on Chilean Film."  Program Notes for the Cine las Americas Hispanic Film Festival in Austin, April 2009. 

"Bridges Between the Divide: The Female Body in Y tu mama tambien and Machuca."  Studies in Hispanic Cinema 4.1 (2007): 47-62.

"Betwixt and Between: Finding Home Again in Chilean Returnee Literature."  The Latin Americanist 50.1 (2006): 7-23.

"New ways of thinking about Home: Alberto Fuguet's Representation of the Return."  Monograph Series from the NAAAS and Affiliates. NAASA National Convention:  Houston, 2005: 1119-1132.

Seminars & Presentations


"Retrospectiva Chilena. Nomadías: Directoras Chilenas en el Exilio/ Chilean Retrospective. Nomads: Chilean Directors in Exile.” 20th Festival International de Cine de Valdivia (2013): 99-109. <>


“A Retrospective on Chilean Film.” Program Notes for the Cine las Americas Hispanic Film Festival in Austin, April 2009. <>

Honors & Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar "Jewish Buenos Aires" July 2014; Fulbright Scholar Recipient (2012); American Scandinavian Foundation Fellow (2009-2010); P.E.O. Scholar Award for Academic Achievement in Graduate Studies (1997-1998); Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Award for International Studies (1994-1995).

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