Leticia Espinoza

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Faculty Positions:

Traditional Undergrad Academics - Humanities

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Phone: 616-254-1650


Dr. Espinoza has been a part of the community since 1998. Originally from México, she arrived in Grand Rapids to finish her engineering degree. Instead, she graduated from Calvin College with a major in Business/Communications and a minor in English; and her doctorate in Hispanic literature from Western Michigan University. At Cornerstone, she teaches language and literature.

"Students become self-aware and learn to practice hospitality in response to diversity when they immerse in foreign language learning and literature; they reflect on God's love towards all strangers as they become equipped to thrive in their chosen profession."



  • "La Sexualidad Como Vehículo De La Identidad De Género, Sexual Y Nacional En La Novelística Panhispánica Del Siglo XXI"
    • Western Michigan University: Dissertation, October 2016
  • "La identidad masculina dominicana en Estados Unidos mediante la sexualidad en This is How you Lose Her"
    • Oakland University: Michigan Academy, February 2014
  • "Las Violetas son las flores del deseo: Cuerpos prohibidos que aguijonan la tentación incestuosa sin complacencia"
    • Grand Valley State University: Conferenca de las Américas, March 2013
  • "La construcción de la feminidad en Cuerpo Náufrago"
    • Grand Valley State University: XXII Annual Conference of the AILCFH, 2013
  • "La fantasía y la realidad de la sexualidad femenina en Lazos de sangre y The House on Mango Street"
    • Hope College: Michigan Academy, 2013
  • "La Araucana como punto de partida para la identidad española y chilena"
    • Michigan State University Conference: Tropos, March 2011


  • Martin Luther King Jr.-Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks Fellowship for Future Faculty
  • Department-level Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award
  • Department-level Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award

Campus Involvement

  • Co-adviser for Ritmos


  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
  • M.A., Western Michigan University
  • B.A., Calvin College




—U.S. Latino literature
—Mexican literature
—Sexuality and identity
—Peninsular literature
—Comparative studies
—Comics and literature intersectionality
—Motherhood and identity
—Language and identity