Professor and Director Latin American Studies Program
Andrea Bell is a professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies in Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts. She enjoys teaching at all levels, from beginning Spanish to advanced courses on literature and popular culture. Her research on Spanish-language science fiction keeps her active at professional meetings, on editorial boards and as a literary critic and translator. She and a colleague have published two volumes of science fiction from Latin America and Spain, in English translation. Bell travels frequently to Latin America and has taken Hamline students to Chile and Argentina. Her BA in Spanish and German is from Whitman College and her master's and doctoral work in Spanish and Latin American Studies was completed at Stanford University.
In Dr. Bell's language classes, students study the grammar and vocabulary independently and in class are immersed in fun, conversational activities in Spanish. In upper-level courses the focus shifts to reading, writing about and discussing literature, film, history, and culture, and strengthening students' ability to use Spanish confidently and well.
"Living in Chile for a year as a teenage exchange student was an amazing, transformative experience that I hope all my students can share. Learning even just enough of a language and culture to get you off the beaten tourist path makes all the difference in the world. Right here in the Twin Cities there are diverse and welcoming Latino communities to explore. Vamos, give it a try... Spanish will open doors for you no matter where you live or what you do."