Thomas Ward, Ph.D.
- Academic Focus Modern Languages & Literatures, Latin American & Latino Studies
Thomas Ward, Ph.D., professor of Spanish and the director of the Latin American and Latino Studies program at Loyola, received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. His teaching and research focus on colonial and 19th-century Latin American literature and culture, and he has taught courses such as Latino Perspectives on the U.S., The Early Latino Experience in the United States, and Literature and Politics of Identity in Peru. Dr. Ward's students connect with language and community through Artesanos Don Bosco, a Peruvian cooperative of nearly 700 professional carpenters, sculptors, painters, and weavers. Through its sole American storefront located in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood, Artesanos Don Bosco sells hand-carved furniture, sculptures, religious pieces, and other items to customers throughout region. Dr. Ward's commitment to service-learning earned him the 2012 Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship for integrating service-learning into his courses. In 2017, he was named to the Peruvian Academy of Language, a 130-year-old international association which recognizes scholarly experts on the use of the Spanish language in Peru.
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