Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Amy George-Hirons

Language Program Director - Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info


  • B.A., Tulane University, Spanish and Latin American Studies, 1995
  • M.A., University of Arizona, Latin American Studies, 1998
  • Ph.D., Tulane University, Latin American Studies, 2004

Academic Experience

  • Lecturer, Tulane University, 2006-
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, 2005-2006
  • Adjunct Instructor, Tulane University, 2004-2005
  • Visiting Instructor, Tulane University, 2003-2005
  • Teaching Assistant, Tulane University 1999-2003

Research & Teaching Specializations: Linguistics, Latin American Literature, and Mesoamerican Art History

Related Experience

  • ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Rater of Spanish with Full Certification, 2010-2014
  • Director, Basic Language Program, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University, 2007-
  • Acting Director, Basic Language Program, Tulane University, 2006-2007
  • Docent Trainer, Pre-Colombian Art. New Orleans Museum of Art, 2005
  • National Coordinator, MPA Latin American film tour, 1999


  • Teaching Fellow, Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, 2011-2012
  • Curriculum Redevelopment Grant, Stone Center, Tulane University, “Encounter(ing) Latin America and Peoples in/of Latin America,” 2004-2005
  • William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies, Stone Center, Tulane University, 2002-2003
  • Field Research Grant, Stone Center, Tulane University, 2002


  • Spanish
  • Nahuatl
  • Portuguese
  • Maya-Yucatec

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming. “The Burden of the Days: European Medical Astrology in the Book of Chilam Balam of Kaua.” Colonial Latin American Review
  • 2007. “Las siete planetas: Medieval Reportorios in the Book of Chilam Balam of Kaua.” In Celebrations and Connections in Hispanic Literature. Andrea Morris and Margaret Parker, eds. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 70-84.
  • 2005. “Tell me, Maiden: The Maya Adaptation of a European Riddle Sequence.” Journal of Latin American Lore. 22 (2): 125-142.
  • 1997. “Review of The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography of the Relaciones Geográficas.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. 1.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Methods of Teaching Spanish & Portuguese