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Alanna Breen

Senior Instructor
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of South Carolina

Office: HUO 802

Prof. Breen earned her PhD in 2010 and came to USC after a year as ESL
faculty. Her dissertation explored the role that literature plays in the
process of trauma recovery, looking at changing perceptions of memory and
history since the Civil War in Spain. She has taught a variety of lower
division Spanish and Portuguese courses as well as Portuguese for IMBAs, and
she led the Spanish study abroad program to Costa Rica in 2014.

In her first semester, she won an Excellence in Teaching Award for
Portuguese. Beyond writing nearly 200 grammar explanations and activities for
her Portuguese courses, she has presented on language acquisition and
processing and narrating trauma at national conferences. Locally, Prof. Breen
works to promote her students, the Spanish and Portuguese language programs,
and the university.

2010 PhD  UT Austin
2002 MA   Middlebury College
2000 BA   College of the Holy Cross