Carroll College, Helena Montana


Dr. Ryan Hallows

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Assistant Professor of Spanish; Director of Latin American Studies 

  • PhD (2013) – Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Hispanic Literatures, minor in Lusophone literature. Dissertation topic: "Alluvial (Re)inscriptions of the Gaucho in Argentine Literature"
  • MA (2006) – Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Hispanic Literatures
  • BA (2004) – Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. Spanish, minor in Latin American Studies
  • BA (2004) – Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. Geography and Land-use Studies, minor in Fine art

Ryan is a Latin American specialist having received his PhD and MA from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he wrote his dissertation on “Alluvial (Re)inscriptions of the Gaucho in Argentine Literature.” He also received a dual degree BA from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington in Spanish and Geography. Ryan’s and has been teaching Spanish language and culture at Carroll since fall of 2014 and is very happy to be part of the Carroll community. He has been teaching at the university level since 2004. Ryan has presented his research at major national and international conferences in the United States, the Caribbean and South America and continues to develop new research projects that include undergraduate participation. Ryan has spent time in Colombia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. 

Dr. Hallows is an award-winning instructor and particularly enjoys working with students in the classroom to engage them in social and cultural issues and help instill a desire for life-long learning. Ryan was editor and editor-in-chief of the Chicano/Latino literary journal Chiricú and continues to support and study Latino/a identities and culture. He is an active member of the Modern Language Association, the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Association for Teachers of Foreign Languages. When not on campus Ryan enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Teaching and Research Interests

Latin American literature and culture, service learning, beginning, intermediate and advanced language, cultural differences in the Hispanist tradition, Hispanic cinema, 19th and 20th century Argentine Literature, dictatorship and Latin American literature, Latin American women writers, gender and sexuality in Hispanic literature and film, twentieth century politics and poetry in Latin America, violence and literature in the Southern Cone, US Latino/Chicano literature, social change and literature.

Professor Alex J. Rincón

Associate Professor of Spanish

Dr. Alex RincónPh.D. (ABD) and M.A. from The University of Utah. Alex's areas of research and interest include: literary analysis and criticism; theories and methods of acquiring and teaching a second language, learning theories and social implications of pedagogical techniques, human rights and social justice. He has led several study trips abroad to Mexico and Spain and is very involved with international and language fairs.

Students in his classes and department have the opportunities to have a true:

  • language acquisition experience
  • authentic-native Spanish language and materials
  • to be exposed to a variety of cultural experiences and/or events
  • be able to develop an appreciation and respect for the culture and its peoples.

"I came to Carroll in 1995. I have enjoyed the casual, yet, demanding academic atmosphere created by our students, faculty, staff, and our community at large. I also like the size of our classes and the unique interaction we develop with our students.

Beginning Spanish classes. It still amazes me to see how students are able to comprehend current articles and effectively communicate ideas and discuss contemporary issues in Spanish within their first semester. They are able to achieve this following the methodology used in their Spanish Acquisition classes. Truly amazing!"

Dr. Tomas Graman

Emeritus Professor of Spanish and Lingustics; Director of Latin American Studies

Dr. Tomas GramanBA in Latin American History from the University of Illinois, MA in Linguistics from University of Utah, Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Graman teaches courses in Spanish, Linguistics, and Latin American Studies, and directs the Latin American Studies Minor. Tomas' areas of research and interest include: second language acquisition, critical pedagogy, language education, and language and the formation of public opinion. Dr. Graman was awarded the Senior Fulbright fellowship for research and teaching at the University of Veracruz in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. He has also led study abroad trips from 1991-2003 to Spain and Mexico, and has directed a program for migrant farm workers in the Midwest.

Dr. Graman's work has been published in Hispania (the Journal of the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese), Foreign Language Annals, Harvard Educational Review, and other journals and books in the United States, Mexico, and Cuba.

Tomas enjoys biking, telemark and track skiing, and fly fishing.

"Working with Carroll students has been one of the best experiences of my life. I have tried to foster their quest for learning and thinking for themselves."