PhD, Spanish, University of South Carolina, 2018
Stephanie Orozco joined the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in the Fall of 2019. She earned her PhD from the University of South Carolina in 2018, and her MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Nevada Reno in 2013 and her BAs in Spanish and international Affairs with an emphasis in Ethic Studies from the University of Nevada Reno.
Dr. Orozco has lived in Argentina and travelled extensively through Latin America and parts of Europe. It is through her experiences abroad that Dr. Orozco has developed a passion for Spanish Literature, while interlacing a childhood component to the struggles of a nation where corruption is rampant and children are primary witnesses of poverty, abuse, suffering, malnutrition, human trafficking, and terror. As such, Professor Orozco’s dissertation explores a distinctive approximation to the study of Argentina’s Dictatorship (1976-1983) in subsequent cultural production. In her research, Professor Orozco examines the behaviors and performances of children who were not only directly affected by the so-called ‘Dirty War’ because of their status as children of leftists militant parents, but those who were amongst the firearms, bullets, and warfare of living in secrecy.
Professor Orozco’s interests and research also include contemporary Latin American literature and Cultural studies, the Cultural production of the Southern Cone post dictatorship, Performance studies, Memory Studies, Childhood Studies, and Latino/a and Chicano/a literature and Cultural studies of the United States.