Ricardo is a native English and Spanish speaker from Los Angeles, California of Peruvian and Mexican descent. He specializes in medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature along with language instruction. He majored in Spanish and Italian with a special field in French at UCLA. At Duke University, he received a master’s degree in Romance Studies (Spanish). He earned his Ph.D. in Romance Languages & Literatures (Spanish) at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has also taught ESL at all levels, from Pre-K to adults, in South Korea and the U.S. Currently, he is a Spanish Lecturer at the University of Virginia, although he spends his long weekends at home in North Carolina. In his free time, Ricardo enjoys photography, salsa dancing and watching all the movies he missed while in grad school.