Dr. Hanson is one of ISU’s beloved Spanish professors, with a world of experience under his belt. He earned his Bachelor’s in Spanish at California Polytechnic State University, and his Master’s in Spanish at Brigham Young University. Dr. Hanson’s PhD is in Spanish American Literature from Purdue University. His specialty is in 19th Century Chilean novels, specifically those that discuss the topic of building Chile as a sovereign nation after separating itself from Spain.
As many professors here at ISU say, Dr. Hanson’s favorite part of the university is the student population. He stated that many of the students come from diverse and unique backgrounds, that have made them all intelligent and hard-working individuals. The Spanish professor loves being able to open people’s eyes to the world and other cultures. He teaches multiple Spanish classes, including Spanish Grammar and Spanish Literature & Art. On campus, Dr. Hanson is involved in the Ecuador volunteer trip that Timmy Global Health takes every year, serving as both a mentor and a translator.
Dr. Hanson has visited many different countries, including Peru, Chile and Colombia. His favorite out of all of the destinations is definitely Chile, although he admits he is partial since that is his wife’s home country. Most recently, Dr. Hanson had the amazing opportunity to go paragliding in Iquique, Chile. He also expressed interest in visiting multiple countries in and around Europe, such as Italy and Japan. His favorite parts about traveling continue to be the food and culture.
When not at work, Dr. Hanson loves gardening and hanging out with his kids. His favorite book is “Martín Rives”by Alberto Blest Gana, although he also thoroughly enjoys John Steinbeck. Although he is often forced to eat at Chick-Fil-A, courtesy of his children, Dr. Hanson also enjoys local Terre Haute restaurants like Mogger’s Pub and Umi Grill.
When asked about advice for anyone learning a new language, Dr. Hanson stated, “Enjoy it, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Be willing to put yourself out there and be vulnerable.”