Jonathan Montalvo, PhD


BA, Purdue University Calumet
MA, Western Michigan University
PhD, Michigan State University

Jonathan Montalvo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Spanish at Graceland University teaches classes in Spanish language, as well as courses in the arts and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world such as Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cinema. Professor Montalvo enjoys combining his passion for teaching with his research interests.

Current research of Professor Montalvo’s focuses on the queer Caribbean cultural production with special interests in representations of gendered, sexual, racial and cultural identities in contemporary Puerto Rican and Dominican literature and film.

Professor Montalvo’s teaching is an amalgamation of his personal experiences as an immigrant, learner of the English language, traveler and pedagogical training in Hispanic cultural studies. As a Puerto Rican living in the United States and avid traveler, Professor Montalvo has come in contact with people of all different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Thus, he favors a teaching and learning process grounded in a multicultural perspective that allows the student to become aware of the diversity that surrounds them, and that awareness enriches the student’s language acquisition process. In his advanced language courses, Professor Montalvo encourages students to discover the multitude of meanings of various Hispanic cultural and literary elements and how to interpret them while working at their appropriate skill level in Spanish. 

Graceland and the Lamoni community is a natural fit for Professor Montalvo, who is originally from Lares, a small town in the central-western area of the island of Puerto Rico. He comes to Graceland via Michigan State University where he received his Doctorate in Hispanic Cultural Studies. Professor Montalvo is proud to be a part of a small liberal arts institution where he can have a greater impact in the professional and personal lives of his students. Among his interests and hobbies are traveling, nature, volleyball, cooking, college sports (Go Spartans!) and movies.

Office Location

Briggs Hall, Rm 15

Mail Location

Briggs Hall, Rm 15