Erik Ladner is a returning Lecturer in Spanish at Iowa State University. He received his BA in Spanish and French in 1995 and his MA in Spanish in 1997 from the University of Northern Iowa. He later received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, specializing in Modern Peninsular Literature with an emphasis in 20th – 21st Century Spanish Theater. Dr. Ladner has studied abroad in Spain (Cáceres in 1993, Soria in 1995 and Santiago de Compostela in 1999) and France (Angers in 1994) and has also traveled extensively in Mexico and Brazil.
During his career Dr. Ladner has taught all levels of undergraduate courses in Spanish, including courses in Spanish Composition and Conversation, Spanish for the Professions, Modern Spanish Theater, and seminars in Spanish literature and culture. From 2005-2007 Dr. Ladner was co-director of the ISU Brazil Study Tour in Salvador, Brazil. From 2011-2012 Dr. Ladner was president of the Iowa World Language Association. Among his scholarly pursuits, Dr. Ladner has presented at numerous conferences and is writing a textbook for third-year Spanish.
Next summer Dr. Ladner will be offering SPAN 323 – Spain Today, which will be offered as an online course for the first time.