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Alexis P

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Stanford University


English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French Literature, Language, and Culture; Literary Analysis; Reading; Cultural Studies


I am from Charlotte, North Carolina, and I studied Spanish, French, and English at Duke University before moving to Stanford for my PhD studies in Latin American Literature in 2015. My passion for different languages and cultures blossomed when I was an exchange student in Peru for a year in high school. I fondly remember my friends teaching me Spanish tongue twisters, songs, and slang, which made the challenge of learning and speaking Spanish fun. In my own teaching style, I incorporate fun and creativity to foster life-long learning and curiosity. I have been fortunate enough to have ample teaching, mentoring, and tutoring opportunities at both Duke and Stanford. It is my love of working with others and broadening horizons via language and culture that continues to propel me to teach. I love reading, writing, and talking about pedagogy, literature, language, history, cultural studies, film, dance and movement, immigration, race, and, honestly, most anything!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Academic Presentation

Language Learning

(I am a certified Spanish, Portuguese, and English Instructor!)

Academic or Creative Writing in a foreign language

Guided reading and analysis of a literary/historical text

Literary Analysis Essay

Languages I know

Spanish, Portuguese, and French

Teaching experience

I taught Spanish 1,2, and 3 at Stanford, as well as Accelerated Portuguese 1A and 2A. I also taught Spanish 202 (fourth semester college level) at The College of William & Mary. Furthermore, I co-taught The Laboring of Diaspora and the U.S. Mexican Border at Stanford, which was a literature and cultural studies seminar for undergraduates. I also have ample mentoring and tutoring experience. I was a Spanish and French Tutor at Duke. At Stanford, I was part of the Language and Orientation Tutoring (LOT) program for two years, where I worked individually with international Stanford graduate students, meeting weekly and discussing a topic of their choice. Furthermore, I am a Teaching Consultant for the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning at Stanford, where I work with how to make graduate student instructors more effective teachers. Currently, I am the head tutor for the Language Conversation Program at Stanford in Portuguese, French, Italian, and German. In Durham, North Carolina, I worked with first graders in general education and with ESL middle school students. I have also taught ESL adult classes and regularly translate between Spanish and English.



Duke University
BA Bachelor of Arts (2015)
Spanish and French Double Major; English Minor
Stanford University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Iberian and Latin American Cultures


"Alexis was an amazing mentor. She really helped guide me through understanding these stories without holding my hand, but still being there when I was stumped. I’m so glad I got to know her, and I’m really grateful that she wants to stay in touch!"


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