Alejandra Rodríguez Villar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
(812) 866-7207


– Beginning Spanish I
– Beginning Spanish II
– Intermediate Spanish I: The Spanish Speaking World
– Off-Campus Spanish Conversation and Culture
– Introduction to Literature in Spanish
– Medieval & Golden Age Spain
– Spanish Culture & Civilization
– Stylistics and Composition
– Cervantes on Page and Stage

Alejandra Rodriguez Villar

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Alejandra Juno Rodríguez Villar joined Hanover College in 2018 as the Early Modern scholar of the Spanish Program in the Modern Languages Department. Originally from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, she has been always an active theater practitioner as an actress, director and playwright, with a special dedication to Early Modern Spanish Theater. She lives half of the year in Spain, and half of the year in Hanover, with her husband Rodney, and their three cats: Jazzy, Bagels and Muffin.


Advanced Grammar, Early Modern Spanish Literature, Early Modern Spanish Theater. Her research and scholar production focus on cognitive studies, performance studies, humor, translation, and digital humanities.


B.A., Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

M.A., Universidade de A Coruña (Spain)

Ph.D., Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)

Ph.D., Duke University


PALNI Open Pedagogy Innovator, 2021.



“A Neuroscientific and Cognitive Literary Approach to the Treatment of Time in Calderón’s Autos sacramentales.” In Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, Vol. 16, 2022.

El retablo de las maravillas representa hoy la famosa fazaña de La Barraca. Convirtiendo a Cervantes dramaturgo en familiar para el público estadounidense”. Comedia Performance, Vol. 18, 1, 2021. p. 66-86

“Aspectos cognitivos en el humor de los entremeses de Cervantes.” EHumanista/Cervantes, Vol. 8, 2020.University of California. p. 51-65

 “A Cyberpunk version of Life is a Dream at Duke University.” Comedia Performance, Vol. 11, 1 Spring, p. 85-111


[Alejandra Juno] “Cuando Compostela subió el telón. Crónica sentimental de la década dorada del teatro santiagués, 1960-1970.” Ed. Alvarellos, Santiago de Compostela, 2011. 395 p. Monograph.


“El demonio celoso de Calderón”. Living the Comedia. Peculiar Lives in Early Modern Spain. Essays Celebrating Amy Williamsen. University Press of the South, 2020. p. 201-212


The Widow of Valencia by Lope de Vega. Tr.: UCLA Working Group. The Comedia. Translation and Performance, n. 329. Newark, Delaware: Juan de la Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs, 2019. Comedia Performance, Vol 18, 1, 2021

La vida es sueño by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Performance. Almagro, July 2019. Comedia Performance, Vol 17, 1, 2020

La corte del demonio by Luis Vélez de Guevara. Eds. William R. Manson y C. George Peale. Comedia Performance, Vol 17, 1, 2020


Translation into Spanish of the book Granada by Daniel Mayne. Mimosa Ink, Granada, 2018.

Foreword to Retazos de la Vida de un Médico Titular by Ricardo Fernández Otero. ISBN 978-84-617-9306-8.

Foreword and Introduction to Teatro (Three religious plays) by Serafín Marqués Gil. Ed. Letraclara, Madrid. ISBN 978-84-15331-96-4.


“La guarda cuidadosa” by Miguel de Cervantes. Directed by Alejandra Juno Rodríguez Villar. Hanover College, 2021.

“El retablo de las maravillas” by Miguel de Cervantes. Directed by Alejandra Juno Rodríguez Villar. Hanover College, 2019.

“Life is a Dream” by Pedro Calderón de la Barca. Cyberpunk version. Directed by Alejandra Juno Rodríguez Villar. Duke University, 2008.