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Erik Ladner is a 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 and researched abroad in several locations in Spain (Cáceres, Soria, Santiago de Compostela and Madrid) and has also traveled extensively in France, 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. In 2015 he re-developed and taught SPAN 323 – Spain Today – as an entirely online course. In the fall of 2016 Dr. Ladner developed and taught PORT 375x – Brazil Today – a course that introduces students to the Portuguese language and the culture of Brazil. In 2017 Dr. Ladner will teach both a Honors course and a Global Seminar on the Camino de Santiago, the latter of which will include a short-term study abroad component tentatively planned for May 2017.


Office: 2114 Pearson Hall
Phone: (515) 294-7475