Luz Adriana is a graduate from the Spanish Master’s program at George Mason University. She received the 2021 Dean's Challenge Scholarship Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Academic Excellence and Writing Excellence in Spanish Graduate Studies Awards from the Department of Classical and in 2021.
Before then, she graduated with recognition with a B.A. in Foreign Languages – Spanish from George Mason and a minor in Latin American Studies, was elected to its chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and received the award for Excellence in the Spanish Major from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages in the spring of 2018. She also received the 2018 Ramón Planas Award for graduate study in 2018 and the 2018-2019 CHSS Graduate Summer Research Fellowship to conduct research on children’s literature and media in the context of the Colombian armed conflict and the framework of education for peace initiatives. Luz served as the editor-in-chief of the University’s Hispanic Culture Review, Mason only bilingual literary journal between 2018 and 2020.
Luz has presented papers at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Conference 2018, the 2019 Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY) at Georgetown University, the 2019 School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Graduate Colloquium at the University of Maryland, the 6th edition of the Forging Linguistic identities conference at Towson University in 2021 and the 25th Biennial Conference of the International Research Society for Children's Literature.
Her research interests include Latin American and Spanish Peninsular Literatures, Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Spanish Sociolinguistics.
Her current research focuses on Historical Memory, Historical Narrative and Children's Literature of Trauma. Her most recent work is her M.A. thesis, Reading for Peace: Children's Trauma Literature in the Context of the Colombian Armed Conflict.
She is currently completing a post-graduate certificate program on Historical Memory at the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia.
Elementary Spanish: SPAN110
Intermediate Spanish: SPAN212 - Local and Global Contexts
M.A. Foreign Languages - Spanish - George Mason University 2021
B.A. Foreign Languages - Spanish - George Mason University 2018
Minor in Latin American Studies - George mason University 2018
Reading for Peace: Children's Trauma Literature in the Context of the Colombian Armed Conflict. 25th Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children's Literature. Aesthetic and Pedagogic Entanglements: Fictions of (In)Justice and Conflict. October 2021