- Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
- Spanish Language, Linguistics, and Culture
Marcia Olander, BA University of Colorado; MA and PhD University of Kansas. Dr. Olander grew up in Latin America (Colombia), the Far East (Malaysia and Singapore) and the United States; her career has been shaped by her consequent love of travel and, especially, Hispanic culture and language. While completing her BA in Spanish, she studied for a year in the Universidad de Costa Rica and after completing her master’s thesis (Latin American Studies) on the fishing industry, she lived for a year and a half in the port of Golfito, Costa Rica where she helped found a fish smoking cooperative with a group of local women. Dr. Olander’s doctoral research led her to Managua, Nicaragua where she would live for five years after accepting a position with the United Nations Development Programme. Since returning to the U.S., she has taught Spanish, history and Latin American studies in a variety of institutions, including Rutgers in New Jersey. She began teaching Spanish in Princeton in 2009 and, since then has taught a range of introductory classes: 101, 102, 103, 105, 107, 108 and 213.