Tamara Williams

Executive Director, Professor of Hispanic and Latino Studies, Program Director PLU Gateway Program in Oaxaca

Tamara Williams
  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1989
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1981
  • B.A., Queen's University, 1979


Tamara R. Williams is a Professor of Hispanic Studies with expertise in the Latin American region. Before assuming the role of Executive Director of the Wang Center, she taught Spanish Language at many levels as well as courses focused on Latin American literatures and cultures. She is the author of several articles on Latin American poetry and project coordinator of the bilingual edition of Ernesto Cardenal’s El estrecho dudoso/The Doubtful Strait published by Indiana University Press. Her current research interests focus on masculinities as they relate to the recovery of lyrical subjectivities in contemporary Mexican poetry and fiction. She pioneered PLU’s first J-term Study Away Spanish immersion course in Costa Rica (now offered in Uruguay) and is co-founder, with Professor John Lear (UPS) of PLU’s Fall Semester Program in Oaxaca, Mexico. At PLU, she has been a tireless advocate for global education.