Rebecca Howes

Teaching Assistant Professor
Hispanic Studies
252-328-4131 (phone)
252-328-6233 (fax)
Bate 3306 (office)
Dept. Foreign Languages & Literatures
East Carolina University Mailstop #556
Greenville, NC 27858-4353


MA, PhD Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
BA Voice Performance St. Norbert College, De Pere WI

Study Abroad

  • Puebla, Mexico (July-August 2004)
  • Salamanca, Spain (May-June 2004)
  • Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica (July-May 2000)
  • Universidad San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Spain (June-Sept. 1998)

Work Abroad:

  • Administrative Assistant and Translator for Western Union Latin America Regional Operations Center, San José, Costa Rica (May 2000-January 2001)
  • Intern with CADEXO, Cámara de Exportadores de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica


  • 2013. Dissertation: Antonio Preciado and the Afro Presence in Ecuadorian Literature. University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • 2011. Entries on "Adalberto Ortiz," "Nelson Estupiñán Bass" and "Antonio Preciado" in World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia. Edd. Ihrie, Maureen and Salvador Oropesa. ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, Ca.

in progress

  • 2015. "Retracing Antonio Preciado’s Literary and Cultural Roots. Race, Nation, and Poetry."
  • 2015. "Antonio Preciado and the Imaginative Recreations of Place, Identity and Nation: A Pluricultural Concept."


  • 2015. "Antonio Preciado y la presencia de lo afro en la literatura ecuatoriana." La Asociación de Ecuatorianistas (Estudios de Literatura, Lengua y Cultura) Louisville, KY, del 26-28 de febrero del 2015.
  • 2015. "Forging identity from memory: Rethinking the African Diaspora through the poetry of Antonio Preciado." Title of Panel: Andean Literatures. Chair and will present paper at the SECOLAS Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, March 12-14, 2015.
  • 2014. "Politics, Race and Nation in the Andean Region." Faculty presenter Hispanic Film Series: East Carolina University March (2014).
  • 2013. "Blackness as a Quality for Transcending Nationalistic Borders and Identities: Defining Negritude in Ecuador Through the Poetry of Antonio Preciado.” Title of Panel: Contemporary Negritudes Across Multiple Borders. Chair and presented paper at the University of Kentucky CLA Conference April (2013).
  • 2011. "Antonio Preciado and the Imaginative Recreations of Place, Identity and Nation: A Pluricultural Concept." Paper presented at the University of Kentucky Conference April (2011).
  • 2011. "Retracing Antonio Preciado’s Literary and Cultural Roots. Race, Nation, and Poetry." Paper presented at the 58th Annual SECOLAS Conference in Wilmington, N.C. March (2011).
  • 2007. "El concepto de la idiosincrasia y la reconstrucción de la identidad afro-colombiano en el discurso del mestizaje: Un análisis basado en La rebelión de los genes de Manuel Zapata Olivella." Paper presented at the University of Chicago, Constructed Identities in Iberian and Luso-Hispanic Literatures Conference (2007).
  • 2006. La problemática racial del afro-mexicano: entendiendo el presente a través del pasado. Paper presented at UT-Knoxville colloquium (2006).

Community Engagement

  • 2014. Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC: Guest speaker at the OSY (Out of School Youth) Conference for migratory out of school youth (July 2014)
  • 2014-present. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Migrant Education: Coordinated with Ameri-Corp and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Migrant Education Program in the recruitment, and training of ECU students to teach ESL to migrant communities in Wilson and Pitt counties, served as a translator and ESL instructor (April 2014-Present)
  • 2014-present. Student Action with Farmworkers, Duke University, Durham, NC: Coordinated with Nadeen Bir, Director of Student Action with Farmworkers, to address my Spanish classes regarding rural and farm worker issues in North Carolina, discuss opportunities for ECU students to work directly with migrant communities on social justice projects and other issues affecting migrant populations (Jan 2014-Present)
  • 2013 - present. Family Center for Violence Prevention, Greenville, NC: Served as interpreter for Hispanic parents and their children during supervised visitations (Dec. 2013-Present)
  • 2013-present. East Carolina University: Hosted several students from Bear Grass High School in Martin County to observe and participate in my lower division Spanish classes (Oct. 2013- Present).




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