Faculty and Staff

Dr. Karen Becnel Moore:
Dr. Karen Becnel Moore, Associate Professor of Spanish, has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Languages since 1993.  She has contributed extensively to the restructuring and revitalization of the Spanish curriculum and to the development of the proposed Intensive Summer Language Institute (ISLI) for advanced high school language students.  She also established and directed the first study abroad program on the Xavier campus, the Xavier International Travel/Study (X-ITS) {1993-1998}, which welcomed student participants in all majors.

A charter member of the Afro-Hispanic Institute and a co-founder of the Afro-Hispanic Review, a first-of-its-find bilingual literary journal of Afro-Hispanic literature and culture, Dr. Moore is also a member of the Afro Latin American Research Association (ALARA), a life member of the College Language Association (CLA), and an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations, including the American Indian Education Foundation and the Organization of Africans in the Americas (Organización Pro-Avance de los Pueblos de Ascendencia Africana), which is a coalition of Afro-Hispanics an d international citizens dedicated to the improvement of socio-politico-economic conditions of Blacks in Latin America.  She has also served as a board member for the Michigan State University Consortium for Inter-Institutional Collaboration for African and Latin American Studies.

Dr. Moore’s teaching experience includes the New Orleans public schools, Tulane University, and Dillard University.  While she taught all levels and courses in the Spanish curriculum, she currently teaches intermediate Spanish, literature courses, and Afro Hispanic studies, an interdisciplinary course that includes the historical, cultural, and literary development of the Black presence on the Iberian Peninsula and in the Americas.  As a member of the Xavier University Global Awareness Committee and its Study Abroad Scholarship Committee, she is actively involved in advising students about study abroad and career opportunities in international affairs.

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Moore has traveled and studied extensively throughout the Americas and Europe, and has also traveled through Africa and the Caribbean.  She has attended national and international conferences and given numerous presentations.  Some of her research interests include Pre-Hispanic civilizations, Afro-Hispanic history and literature, and a comparative analysis of the images of children in African Diaspora and mainstream literatures.  She received her B.A. in Spanish and French Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College (New Orleans), her M.A. in Spanish with a specialization in Latin American literature from Tulane University, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin, with a specialization in Spanish and Bilingual Education.

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