Carmen (Patty) Tovar

  • Senior Lecturer

Areas of Study


  • BA, California State University, Northridge; 2000
  • MA, University of California, Irvine; 2003
  • PhD, University of California, Irvine; 2008


Tovar received her Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Irvine. Her area of specialization is Latin American narrative in the 20th century with an emphasis on contemporary Mexican literature. Her scholarly interests center on the portrayal of metropolitan spaces and their symbolism in contemporary Mexican urban novels, as well as women writers. She co-edited a critical volume of essays on new perspectives on María Luisa Puga and has published articles on Mexican writers Carlos Fuentes, Juan Villoro, Gonzalo Celorio, Ana Clavel, and Guadalupe Nettel.

Fall 2023

Elementary Spanish II — HISP 102
Inverted Utopias: The Latin American Avant-Garde — HISP 318
Caos y Destrucción: Literatura Transatlántica de Ciencia Ficción — HISP 325

Spring 2024

Advanced Grammar and Composition — HISP 304
Spanish for Heritage Speakers — HISP 334