Johana Barrero

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages
Ph.D. (Latin American Literature), 2014, Purdue University
M.A. (Latin American Literature), 2009, Purdue University
B.A. (International Relations and Political Sciences), 2000, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia

Dr. Barrero joined Olivet's full-time faculty in 2014. With her extensive knowledge in the areas of Latin American literature, she teaches courses in Latin American colonial literature, Spanish literature and indigenous studies. As a native Spanish speaker from Colombia, South America, she also teaches all levels of Spanish, Spanish for heritage students, Spanish phonetics, and Spanish culture and civilization. One of her special interests is studying the indigenous communities in Latin America and around the world.

In 2010, Dr. Barrero received a fellowship appointment to Mellon Summer Institute for Spanish Paleography at The Newberry Library in Chicago, where she studied Spanish paleography. In 2011, she received a summer grant from Krannert Executive Education Programs and studied at Purdue University. The focus of her studies was developing course materials for and teaching business language courses with authentic business concepts. In 2014, she completed her doctoral studies, and her dissertation is titled "Indian communities of early colonial Bogotá as seen through their testaments."

Prior to joining Olivet's faculty, she taught Spanish at Purdue University and was an adjunct assistant professor of Spanish at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Her professional awards and achievements include Outstanding Teacher Award from Purdue University in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She is a member of LASA (Latin American Studies Association), MLA (Modern Languages Association), ICTFL (Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) and AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese).

One of her passions is reading, and having a book in her hands is one of her greatest pleasures. As a Colombian, she considers herself an expert on coffee. Along with that book in one hand, she will probably have a cup of coffee in the other. She also enjoys cooking, especially Colombian food.

She and her husband, Fabian Romero, are the parents of two daughters, Camila and Ana. Fabian is an IT software engineer with IBM in Chicago.