Maria José Luján, Ph.D.
María José Luján is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies. She received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Murcia, Spain. Professor Luján joined the faculty of Manhattanville College as a lecturer in 1997, and has been an Associate Professor since 2009. She teaches courses in advanced language, peninsular literature, culture and civilization, and Peninsular and Latin American film.
Prof. Luján's published articles include several about erotic literature written by women in Spain. She has co-authored two manuals on grammar titled Grammar Manual for Beginner and Intermediate Levels I and II. She has co-edited Actas Seleccionadas del Congreso Intercontinental de ALDEEU 2009 (Selected Proceedings of the 2009 Intercontinental Conference of ALDEEU/Spanish Professionals Inc.) published in May, 2011. She has also contributed to the three-volume reference work titled World Literature in Spanish: An Encyclopedia, in which, with the exception of the entry on Repertorio Español, a New York City theatrical institution, her contributions focus on twentieth-century writers from Nicaragua published in the fall of 2011. Her research focuses on Spanish Literature written by women. She has an extensive list of national and international conference papers and talks as well. From January 2012, Prof. Luján is a Collaborator of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE).
In 2009, Prof. Luján took over the duties of Chairperson of the Department of Spanish and Director of Latin American Studies. As the chair, she introduced five new courses in advanced language and one new course in literature. In the Spring 2012 term, Prof. Lujan was granted her first sabbatical.