• Laura Hydak
  • Laura Hydak
  • David Bartholomae Postdoctoral Lecturer
  • At Rutgers Since: 2015
  • About:

    Laura Hydak received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Culture from Rutgers University in October 2022. Her research focuses on contemporary Spanish culture, especially how narrative, performance, and music reflect Spain’s ties to the Hispanic Caribbean and Africa. She has published articles in Spanish and Portuguese Review and La Gaceta hispánica de Madrid. Currently, Laura is working on an article that analyzes how contemporary Spanish fiction uses melodrama in response to twenty-first century debates about its role in transatlantic slavery. 

  • Education:
    • Ph.D. in Spanish, Rutgers University (2022)

    • M.A. in Spanish, Middlebury College (2012)

    • M.A. in Theatre History, Graduate Center, City University of New York (2011)

    • B.A. in Comparative Literature, cum laude, Honors Program, Fordham University (2004)

    • B.F.A. in Dance, cum laude, Honors Program, Fordham University (2004)

  • Courses Taught:
    • Research in the Disciplines: Creativity
    • College Writing

    • Expository Writing

    • Spanish Conversation and Composition

    • Spanish for Heritage Speakers

    •  Advanced Spanish Conversation

    •  Elementary Spanish

    • Intermediate Spanish

    • Spanish Review and Continuation

  • Awards:
    • Graduate Student Travel Award, NeMLA Convention (2020)
    • The Peter Schoenbach Award, Rutgers University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (2019)

    • Off-Campus Dissertation Development Award, Rutgers University, School of Graduate Studies, (2018)

    • Adolfo Snaidas Essay Prize for “The Ghosts of La indiana,” Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University (2017)

    • Professional Development Award, Rutgers University (2017)

    • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Summer Study Grant (2017)

    • Middlebury College Summer Study Scholarship (2012)

    • Katie Fraser Prize in Comparative Literature, Fordham University (2004)

    • National Merit Semifinalist Scholarship, Fordham University (1999)

  • Publications: