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Southern Oregon University

Instructor, Spanish

Higher Education Center, Medford

Assistant Professor of Spanish



Central Hall 207



Dr. Ariel Zatarain Tumbaga received a Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literatures at UCLA.  Before coming to Southern Oregon University, he worked at UCLA and CSULA teaching Spanish and literature.  His research interests are in Twentieth Century Mexican literature and culture, focusing on the representation of indigenous people.  He is also pursuing research on race concepts in Mexico, Latin America in general, and among Chicanos/Mexican Americans. 


Dr. Tumbaga teaches classes on the representation of indigenous people in Mexican culture and Latin American culture, as well as Mexican Race Concepts.  In addition to Intermediate and Advanced Language Courses, he also teaches Introductory Literature classes on Spanish and Latin American literature.   


His publication, “Arraigamiento: Contesting Hegemonies in Alfredo Véa Jr.’s La Maravilla,” in Aztlán: Journal of Chicano Studies focuses on Chicano-Yaqui writers and the “arraigamiento” concept that ties Yoeme identity to the sacred Yaqui territory.   

His forthcoming article, “Vampires in Balún Canán: The monstrous and Dzulúm” in Hispanic Issues, deals with Rosario Castellanos’ intertwining of indigenous and women’s oppression through the concept of monstrosity. 

His most recent forthcoming essay is an analysis of La “India” María’s first film, Tonta, tonta, pero no tanto (1972), as part of a tradition of “ethnographic cinema.” 

Instructor, Spanish

Central Hall 212


Educational Background

Ed.M. Oregon State University
B.A. Texas A&M University: Graduated with Highest Honors
Adult and Higher Education Specialist
Spanish Language Studies at U.N.A.M. and Madrid


Academic Interests and Background

Focus on Adult Education: Language Proficiency and Critical/Creative Thinking

To learn academic Spanish, Dr. Olsen studied grammar, literature, and composition at the University of Mexico and more recently studied the works of the Spanish mystical poets in Spain. Besides teaching Spanish classes at SOU, Dr. Olsen also teaches a distance education class for Rogue Community College and facilitates workshops for the state of Oregon.

Assistant Professor, Spanish

Central Hall 203


Educational Background

Ph.D.. University of California at Davis


Academic Interests and Background

Before coming to SOU, Dr. Rex directed the Self-Instructional Language Program at the University of South Alabama and developed linguistics courses for education students. He has worked in teacher training and preparation at Sacramento State University and the University of South Alabama. His research interests include theoretical syntax and second language acquisition.

Professor, French

Central Hall 215

Educational Background

PhD University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Golding received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been teaching at Southern Oregon University since 1997. She specializes in Francophone literature, Women's Autobiography, and French and Francophone cinema. Her current areas of research are French cinema and 21st-century women authors. Dr. Golding is actively involved in the association Women in French Studies: after editing their newsletter for several years, she became the production editor for the Women in French Studies Journal. She will be running the Summer Language Institute, a MA program for French teachers, in Angers, France starting 2013.