María Jorquera Hervas
Originally from Valencia, Spain, Maria Jorquera Hervas obtained her B.A. in English Philology from University of Valencia, including one exchange year at University College London through the Erasmus program. She also earned her B.A. in Translation and Interpretation at University of Valencia, performing translation duties as a trainee at the European Commission. She has worked as an institutional freelance translator for an international development organization in the UN system. She obtained her specialist's degree in teaching English as a foreign language from Universidad Católica de Valencia and has taught English at middle and high school and language schools in Spain.
In 2012 she received a Fulbright FLTA scholarship to teach Spanish courses at St. Bonaventure University, New York, and helped organize Spanish cultural events in the community. She recently received her M.A. in Spanish Literature from The Pennsylvania State University, where she also taught intermediate Spanish courses. Her research focuses primarily on 19th-20th Century Spanish Peninsular Literature, the Avant-Garde, Women's and Gender Studies and Literary Theory.
Having been an international student herself, Maria is a strong supporter of immersive Study Abroad Programs, and back in Spain she continues sharing her passion for the Spanish language and culture among students through Instituto Cervantes accredited centers and University of Virginia-Hispanic Studies Program.