A native from Barranco in Lima Peru, Carlos Martin Vélez Salas received his Bachelor’s in Spanish and English Education from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos of Lima, his M.A. in Spanish from Michigan State University, and his Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy and Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a specialization in critical discourse studies.
I was born in France and I grew up in the Russian emigre community. Russian was my first language, read and written as well as spoken -- it was the language used with my family, at church, with friends.
I've moved to the US after college, and to Texas a few years later.
Arturo Madrid has had a long and diverse career, having served as a professor and administrator at both public and private colleges and Trinity University; as a federal official; as the director of a national fellowship program; and as the founding president of an institute for policy studies.
Currently in phased retirement, Professor Stroud has been teaching at Trinity since 1977. His area of specialization is sixteenth and seventeenth-century Spain, but he considers every aspect of his academic life from the point of view of the humanities in the broadest sense: what does it mean to be human, and how do we relate to each other?
I have been teaching Russian language, literature, culture and art history for 45 plus years and will retire from Trinity on December 31, 2011. 38 of those years have been at Trinity. They have been 38 great years. I wish everyone could have the interesting life that I have had and will have!
I specialize in modern Spanish American literature but my interests reach into other areas of study such as film and transatlantic studies. My comparative approach in research draws from the fields of literary theory and cultural studies. My most recent work focuses on literature and film and the environment.