Senior Lecturer of Spanish

After earning her B.A. and M.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Oregon, Rachael joined the faculty of UVM in 2006 as a Lecturer in Spanish. Before coming to UVM she taught at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Willamette University. 
Rachael has lived and worked in both rural and urban parts of Mexico and her academic interests focus on race and power in the United States and Latin America, intersectionality, migrant labor and the economics of race, neocolonialism, food sovereignty, and sustainability.

Area of expertise:

Spanish language acquisition; service-learning pedagogy; issues of sustainability; race and identity; migrant labor.


Professor Rachael Montesano

Areas of Expertise and/or Research


  • M.A. Spanish, University of Oregon


  • (802) 656-3196
Office Location:

508 Waterman

Office Hours:

Fall 2022:Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 and by appointment

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 001: Elementary I
  • SPAN 002: Elementary II
  • SPAN 051: Intermediate I
  • SPAN 052: Intermediate II
  • SPAN 101: SL: Composition and Conversation