Timothy Klingler, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish
On Faculty since 2011

Office: Wyngarden 305
Phone: (630)752-5717


Ph.D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014

M.A., Spanish and Spanish American Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2008

M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2006

B.A., Political Science and Spanish, Wheaton College, 1993

Research Interests

  • Protestants in Spanish and Latin American Literature
  • Images of Christ in Latin American Poetry
  • Spanish Language Literature in the United States
  • 20th Century Costa Rican Literature
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Protestant Religious Experience in Latin America
  • Technology in Second Language Acquisition
  • Forms of Address in Costa Rican Spanish
  • Developing Intercultural Competency in Study Abroad Programs

Programs and Courses (2011-present)

  • Resident Director, Wheaton in Mexico (Spring 2014)
  • Co-Director, Wheaton in Costa Rica (Summer 2013)
  • Latin American Cultures and Civilizations
  • Church and Society in Latin America
  • Crossing Borders: Immigration in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Film
  • The Latino Evangelical Church: A Historic and Ethnographic Survey
  • Area Studies: Central America
  • Mexico Country Study
  • Engaging Mexican Cultures (Querétaro, México) 
  • Contemporary Topics in Costa Rica and Nicaragua (Costa Rica/Nicaragua)
  • Latinos in the United States
  • Intensive Advanced Spanish (Costa Rica)
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Accelerated Elementary Spanish

Membership in Professional Associations

  • Modern Language Association
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Latin American Studies Association
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature
  • North American Christian Foreign Language Association

Publications and Presentations

“Serra en la Sierra: Fray Junípero Serra’s Missionary Efforts in Querétaro, México and the Genealogy of the California Missions”, San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Mission, San Luis Obispo, California. June 2014

“El ‘otro’ nicaragüense en el imaginario costarricense: ¿Una deuda pendiente con Mamita Yunai?”, Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, November 2012 

“Jugando con temas de género en Hombres en escabeche de Ana Istarú”, Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, Saint Louis, Missouri, November 2011.

“Bala en La Bombilla: La reconstrucción de José de León Toral en "Los mochos" de Ignacio Solares,” 13th Colloquium on Mexican Literature, UC-Mexicanistas and the University of California, Santa Barbara, November 6, 2010.

Book review, Rancheros in Chicagoacán: Language and Identity in a Transnational Community, by Marcia Farr, Journal of Sociolinguistics 14.4 (2010): 554-58.

“La carnavalización de las Memorias de Padre Mier en El mundo alucinante de Reinaldo Arenas,” 11th Annual Graduate Student Conference on Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara, February 2009.

“Liberation Theology: An Ecclesiological Charism for Latin American Pentecostalism,” Second Joint Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and the Wesleyan Theological Society, Lexington, Kentucky, March 2003.

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