Melissa Frost

Assistant Professor of Spanish, General Faculty
New Cabell Hall 417
Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm-2:00pm and by appt


Ph.D., Spanish. Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia (2017)

M.A., Spanish. Dept. of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia (2012)

B.A., Spanish and International Studies, University of Oregon (2010)


Herbs that Madden, Herbs that Cure: A History of Hallucinogenic Plant Use in Colonial Mexico

Research Interests

  • Colonial Latin America
  • Ethnopharmacology
  • History of Mexico
  • Inquisition of New Spain
  • Paleography
  • History of Witchcraft
  • Translation and Theories of Translation


  • SPAN 4559/4530: Translation II
  • SPAN 4040: Translation
  • SPAN 3300:Texts and Interpretation
  • SPAN 3130: Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • SPAN 3010: Grammar Review
  • SPAN 2020: Advanced Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 2010: Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 1016, 1026, 2016, 2026: Spanish Summer Language Program
  • SPAN 2010-2020: Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Valencia)


“Bicultural, Bilingual, y bien jodido: Negotiations of Mexican Identity, Biculturalism and Virtual Spaces Through the Eyes of the Narrator-Translator in Carmen Boullosa's La novela perfecta.” Graphsy: Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium. Georgetown University. Washington, D.C. February 17–18, 2017.

“Diciendo desatinos hasta casi el día: The Trial of an Ocuituco Elder and Evidence of Hallucinogenic Plant Use in New Spain.” LASA/ERIP (Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean). Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond VA. Oct 14-17 2015.

“Entre el olvido y el anonimato: La desintegración de identidades ante la frontera en ¿Ha estado usted alguna vez en el mar del norte? de Cristina Rivera Garza.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington KY. April 10-12, 2014.

“We Do Not See What They See: Spanish Imperial Discourses and Entheogens in the Americas.”(Des)Articulaciones. 4 th Biennial - Graduate Student Conference. Ebbs, Flows and Limits: Dialogues and Cultural Productions from the Periphery. University of Pittsburg, October 25-26, 2013.