Loyola University Chicago

Modern Languages and Literatures

Dr. Denis Heyck

Professor Emerita, Spanish Language and Literature

Email: dheyck@luc.edu

Research Interests

  • Non-formal education in Latin America
  • Effects of globalization on traditional cultures in Latin America
  • Role of civil society in Latin American culture
  • Gender and development in Latin America
  • Religion in contemporary Latin American culture
  • Environmental issues in Latin America

Selected Publications

  • Schools in the Forest (Kumarian Press, 2010).
  • Tradición y cambio: lecturas sobre la cultura latinoamericana contemporánea. 3rd.ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2005)
  • Surviving Globalization in Three Latin American Communities (Broadview Press, 2002).
  • Barrios and Borderlands: Cultures of Latinos and Latinas in the United States (Routledge, 1994).
  • Life Stories of the Nicaraguan Revolution (Routledge, 1990).


  • B.A. Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • MA and Ph.D. Latin American Studies, University of London, Kings College

Courses Regularly Taught

  • Latin American Culture
  • Contemporary Latin American Novel
  • Masterpieces of Latin American Literature
  • Spanish Conversation and Composition
  • Advanced Oral Expression


  • Music, all kinds, especially guitar and Brazilian music
  • Swimming
  • Walking