Carleton College will have two new full professors next year.

Spanish Professor Palmar Alvarez-Blanco and Political Science Professor Devashree Gupta were promoted Thursday by the college’s Board of Trustees.

Alvarez-Blanco joined the Carleton Department of Spanish in 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic philology in 1998 from the University of Valladolid in Spain, her Master of Arts in 2000 from Villanova University and her PhD in Spanish literature in 2004 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.)

“Alvarez-Blanco’s journey as a scholar engaging the world of arts activism and grassroots movements has deeply informed her research and teaching practices,” a press release states. “These experiences have been a source of constant inspiration for the development of civic engagement projects that connect students with social realities and vice-versa. Alvarez-Blanco’s research focuses on the transformation of cultural paradigms in the frame of capitalism and its crises. Her research has progressively transitioned to crossroads of literature, film, visual and communication studies, sociology and cultural anthropology.”

Carleton College professors begin as assistant professors. When they achieve tenure, they are promoted to associate professor. The process to become a full professor typically takes an additional seven years. To qualify to become a full professor, they need to submit a dossier and a letter from their study department.

The release states Gupta joined Carleton in 2006, first as an instructor and then as assistant professor of political science. She earned her Master of Arts degree and PhD in government from Cornell University in 2008. Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in government in 1996 at Georgetown University and a Master of Arts degree in international relations in 2000 from the University of Chicago.

“Professor Gupta offers courses in comparative politics and international relations, with particular attention paid to topics exploring political activity that often takes place outside formal institutions,” the release states. “Across her courses, Gupta stresses creative classroom pedagogy; in her courses, students often participate in extensive simulations, work with new methodological tools and engage in academic civic engagement experiences to complement and extend their learning. Gupta’s scholarship focuses on nationalist conflict and social movements.”

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