Mary Jo Brown
Assistant Professor of Spanish


  • BA., Spanish, University of California, Riverside, 1973
  • Study Abroad, University of Madrid, Spain, 1972
  • M.A., Spanish, University of California, Riverside, 1976
  • Ph.D., Contemporary Latin American Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985


I have been teaching at Wisconsin Lutheran College since 1996. Until 2006 I taught part time, but now I hold a full-time position. I grew up in California where I learned Spanish in the classroom, by interacting with the large bi-lingual population of the areas in which I lived and studied, and by traveling abroad. When I was 15-years-old, I spent six weeks in Mexico living with a family. Their son then returned to the United States with me to live with my family for six weeks. During my junior year in college, I spent a year at the University of Madrid in Spain taking classes toward my B.A. degree. I currently reside in Brookfield with my husband, Fred. Our son, Dan, and our daughter, Carly Jo, both attend Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Research Interests

I wrote my dissertation on the Theatrical Works of Roberto Arlt, a Argentine writer better known for his novels than for his theater. I studied how Arlt's theater was a precursor to the Theater of the Absurd in Latin America. I also published an article on a book of poetry by María Eugenia Rincón, a contemporary Spanish poet.

Current Courses

Spanish 220-221
Beginning Spanish conversation and composition

Spanish 312 Spanish Culture and Civilization
An introduction to Spain that examines its history, art, music, philosophy and literature.

Spanish 313 Latin American Culture and Civilization
An introduction to Latin America that examines its history, art, music, philosophy and literature.

Spanish 320 Advanced Spanish Composition
An intensive review of Spanish grammatical structures, syntax and idioms through composition.

Spanish 330 Introduction to Literary Studies in Spanish
A study of the literary terminology and methodology specific to Spanish literature that allows the students to then analyze Hispanic narrative, poetry and theater.

Spanish 340 Survey of Peninsular Literature 1
Study of Spanish literature from its epic beginnings through the 17th century.

Spanish 341 Survey of Peninsular Literature 2
A study of representative works from 1750 to 1898. Included are works of Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism.

Spanish 342 Survey of Peninsular Literature 3
A study of selected works beginning with the Generation of '98 and progressing through pre- and post-Civil War literature.

Spanish 350 Survey of Latin American Literature 1
Introduction to Latin American literature from its origins to the 18th century.

Spanish 351 Survey of Latin American Literature 2
Introduction to Latin American literature from the 18th through the 21st century.

Spanish 495 Thesis
The capstone project done by majors prior to graduation. 


Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages


I enjoy traveling, especially to Spanish speaking countries and to Spanish speaking areas of the United States. My family and I have traveled to Southern California, New York, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas and the Bahamas. It is wonderful to expose my children to the unique cultures found in each of these places, plus we love to practice our Spanish and hear the unique accents spoken in the different areas of the Spanish speaking world. My daughter and I recently toured China with a WLC study abroad group where we experienced first-hand the beauty and culture of this amazing country.