Novia Pagone holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies with a focus on the journalism, literature, and film of contemporary Spain. Professor Pagone approaches her research and teaching from a cultural studies perspective, encouraging students to make connections between their daily lives and the concepts discussed in class.
In her classroom, Professor Pagone embraces active learning practices to engage students in discussion with each other and with the material. Through these practices she seeks to inspire open dialogue and a desire to inquire beyond the assigned homework. Students in her language courses practice communicating in Spanish in a supportive environment that centers their learning through task-based activities, like planning a trip or making a menu for a dinner party.
Although she knew early on that she wanted to
teach, Professor Pagone took a non-traditional path to her chosen career. She
received her B.A. from Knox College in 1997, earned her M.A. in Hispanic
Literature from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003, and completed her
Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 2011. She joined the faculty at GSU in
2017. Her work is centered around questions of mediation, power, and identity
in public discourse. More specifically, her doctoral thesis focuses on how
women journalists shaped public discourse and created a space for women in the
Spanish transition to democracy (1975-1982).