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Welcome from the OUP Director

OUP Director Armando Garcia

Hello! My name is Armando García Yañez; I am the Director of OU Programs in Mexico and Co-Coordinator for Latin American Partnerships. When I was a college student in Mexico, I studied and interned abroad in different countries including Switzerland, France, China, Singapore, and others. Study Abroad was a life-changing experience, and I want to help you explore a country full of history, art, and opportunities. We look forward to seeing you in Mexico, interacting with local students from all over Mexico and different countries who come to our host institution for an exchange program. While there are many great options to study abroad, I am sure that this will be a strategic decision that we want to help you accomplish!

Armando Garcia, Director of OU Programs in Mexico

Armando Garcia has worked in international education for almost ten years. He first began his career when he was appointed as Service Learning Coordinator at UDLAP (Universidad de las Americas Puebla), where he collaborated for five years, recruiting and placing international students in short-and long-term service learning projects throughout Mexico.

Before joining OUP, Armando worked for UPAEP University (Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla) where he was appointed Service Learning Coordinator and then promoted to Director of the International Affairs Office. In this position, Armando was in charge of the Internationalization Strategy of UPAEP where he coordinated efforts between the President’s Office and faculty members. He also oversaw the international and local exchange program division at UPAEP, working with faculty-led experiences abroad and short-term programs with visiting universities.

OU in Puebla Faculty-in-Residence

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Grady C. Wray, Associate Professor of Spanish, received his Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1999 and joined the faculty of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics in 2000. Specializing in women writers of colonial Spanish America, Professor Wray's major investigatory focus concerns the religious writings of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. His book, The Devotional Exercises/Los Ejercicios devotos of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexico’s Prodigious Nun (1648/50-1695), is the first critical study and bilingual annotated edition on Sor Juana's devotional work.  

Professor Wray has won numerous teaching awards including the Longmire Prize, the Cecil W. Woods Memorial Award, and the Regent's Award for Superior Teaching. He is also a Who's Who Among America's Teachers Award Recipient. Typically he teaches graduate courses in colonial Latin-American literature as well as undergraduate courses in Spanish conversation and Latin-American literature. He has led the OU in Buenos Aires program several times and will be faculty in residence at the OU Center in Puebla, Mexico in Spring 2020.

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Julie Ann Ward is Assistant Professor of 20th- and 21st-century Latin American Literature at the University of Oklahoma, USA. Her book, A Shared Truth: The Theater of Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (U of Pittsburgh P, 2019), is the first book-length study of acclaimed Mexican theatre company Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol.

Her teaching and research focus on contemporary Latin American culture, particularly Mexican drama, narrative, and performance. Dr. Ward’s publications on this topic have appeared in Revista de Estudios HispánicosTheatre Journal, TransModernity, Latin American Theatre Review, Revista de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea, and Paso de Gato, as well as the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy and theRoutledge Companion to Gender, Sex and Latin American Culture.

She is the General Editor of student-generated Open Educational Resource, the Antología abierta de literatura hispana.

OU in Puebla Adviser

Logan Gray

Logan Gray

Logan earned a BA in Spanish and a minor in Portuguese from the University of Oklahoma in 2019. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In his spare time, he likes to watch sports and read about Latin American history.