Associate Professor of Spanish
Leah Fonder-Solano teaches all levels of Spanish language and culture. Her research centers on contemporary Latin American women writers, film, and Spanish language education. She is particularly interested in issues of identity, exile, and biculturalism in the writing of contemporary authors from the Caribbean and Spain.
Dr. Fonder-Solano is committed to strengthening departmental programs, fostering faculty research and creativity, and meeting the highest standards of accreditation. Under Dr. Fonder-Solano's leadership, the department added new language offerings, implemented an innovative hybrid language-learning system for basic Spanish instruction, and received national recognition through the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) for the BA in Foreign Languages (French and Spanish initial licensure) program. She was also instrumental in the re-accreditation process for the Southern Miss Professional Unit's accreditation with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).