Deborah teaches introductory and intermediate Spanish at UVM. Her dissertation, completed in 1997, focused on detective fiction in post-Franco Spain. After earning her Ph.D., Deborah worked for ten years in trade book publishing as a literary agent and editor. In 2007 Deborah returned to academia and taught Spanish at Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University, before coming to UVM in 2010.
In addition to the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley and Yale, Deborah has studied at the Universidad de Salamanca and the Universitat de Barcelona. She has studied literature in English, Spanish, French and Catalan, and worked as an editor in English and Spanish.