• Position: Professor
  • Department: Spanish
  • Phone: (616) 526-6353
  • Email: zand@calvin.edu
  • Office location: Hiemenga Hall 407 | Map


Recent activities

  • Had the privilege of launching the new semester studies program in Peru, directing the program during Fall 2011, 2012, and 2015
  • Co-editor, Journal of Christianity and Foreign Language
  • Has presented papers on Self and Other in contemporary Latin American fiction


Singing, reading, gardening

Spanish-speaking countries visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, Spain


  • BA (Secondary Education, French and Spanish) Calvin College 1974 
  • MA (Spanish) Michigan State University 1993
  • PhD (Spanish Language and Literature) Michigan State University 2001

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Academic Interests

  • Latin American literature
  • Argentine literature, specifically the grotesque and novels of Griselda Gambaro
  • Has published Embodying Resistance: Griselda Gambaro and the Grotesque