Elena Foulis

Elena Foulis

Elena Foulis

Spanish Senior Lecturer; Coordinator, Service-Learning and Heritage Language Senior Lecturer


Areas of Expertise

  • Latino Studies
  • Spanish language and Latin American Lit.
  • Service-Learning and Heritage Language


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. University of Arkansas
  • M.A. Spanish. University of Arkansas
  • B.A. Spanish. The Ohio State University

Dr. Foulis has over 16 years of experience in higher education. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Spanish and Latin American Literature and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. Latina/o literature, and Digital Oral History. She currently teaches courses in service-learning and Spanish for Heritage Speakers at OSU. Her articles explore Latin@ voices through oral history, oral history as participatory pedagogy in service-learning classrooms, identity and place through linguistic landscape and ethnography as a useful tool in advanced heritage language writing courses. Dr. Foulis is working on a digital oral history project about Latin@s in Ohio, which is being archived at the Center for Folkore Studies' internet collection.


"Oral History in the Digital Era: Oral Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio." Public, Journal of Imagining America. January 2018.

"Historias: Latin@ Voices in Ohio." Alter/nativas, Latin American Cultural Studies Journal. Fall 2017.

"Teaching Cristina Garcia's novels." In Latino/a Literature in the Classroom. Twenty-first-century approaches to teaching. Frederick Luis Aldama, Editor. Routledge. 2015

Latin@ Stories Across Ohio. iBook publication. Ohio State University Digital Publications. 2015


Delgadillo, Theresa. Latina Lives in Milwaukee. Latinos in Chicago and Midwest Series. Urbana: University of IllinoisPress, 2015. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences, Sep 2017, p1

Lozano, Adele, Editor. Latina/o College Student Leadership: Emerging Theory, Promising Practice. Lexington Books, 2015. Journal of Latinos & Education, Apr-Jun2017, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p167

Hinojosa, Felipe. Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith & Evangelical Culture. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014; 297 RMMLA Journal. Volume 69, Number 2, Fall 2015.

Ontiveros, Randy. In The Spirit of the People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2013. 241p. Journal of Latinos & Education, Jul-Sep2015, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p220