Elena Foulis

Elena Foulis

Elena Foulis

Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director, Center for Ethnic Studies


(614) 292-4958

262 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Latinx Studies
  • Service-Learning and Heritage Language Pedagogy
  • Spanish Language and Latin American Literature


  • Ph.D., in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Arkansas, 2010
  • M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture, University of Arkansas, 2003
  • B.A., in Latin American Literature, The Ohio State University, 2000

Dr. Elena Foulis is a student-centered educator with over 15 years of experience in higher education. She is an Ohio State alumnus and holds B.A and M.A degrees in Spanish and Latin American Literature and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. Latina/o literature, Spanish for Heritage Learners and Oral History. She has presented her work at national and international conferences. She teaches undergraduate courses in service-learning, Latin American Literature and Spanish for Heritage Learners at Ohio State. Her articles explore Latin@ voices through oral history and performance, oral history as participatory pedagogy in service-learning classrooms, identity and place through linguistic landscape and ethnography and family history in advanced heritage language writing courses. Dr. Foulis is working on a digital oral history project about Latin@s in Ohio, which is being archived at the Center for Folklore Studies’ internet collection. Some of these narratives can be found in her iBook titled, Latin@ Stories Across Ohio. She is also host and producer for the Latin@ Stories podcast, an extension of her oral history project. This podcast invites audiences to connect and learn more about the Latin@/Hispanic experiences locally, while amplifying the voices of the community everywhere. She co-hosts the Art and Sciences podcast, Woke Pedagogies.


Foulis, E. & Alex, S. (2021).  On Loss, Gain, Acceptance and Belonging: Spanish in the Midwest.” Spanish as a Heritage Language Journal. Vol. 1

Foulis, E. (2020). Latin@s en la Fe: Gender, Solidarity, and the Common Good Among Latin@ Christians in Ohio. Journal of Hispanic / Latino Theology: Vol. 22: No. 2, Article 4. 115-145.

Alex, S., & Foulis, E. (2020). Be the Street: The Performative and Transformative Possibilities of Oral History. US Latina & Latino Oral History Journal 4, 45-66. 

Foulis, E., & Martinez, G. (2020). "Chapter 8 Constructing La Villa Hispana: Cultural Citizenship, Economic Development, and Linguistic Landscaping in Ohio". In Spanish across Domains in the United States. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Foulis, E. & Barajas, J. (2019) Weaving our Histories: Latin@ Ethnography in the Heritage Language Classroom. Journal of Folklore and Education. Vol. 6

Foulis, E., & Martinez, G. (2019). Living into Immigrant Communities through Hospitality Practice: A Christian Ethical Approach to Community Service Learning. Journal of Christianity and World Languages,20.

Foulis, E. (2018). Participatory Pedagogy: Oral History in the Service-Learning Classroom. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Participatory Pedagogy: Oral History in the Service-Learning Classroom. Vol 22: 3. 


Mi idioma, mi comunidad: español para bilingües. (2019). E-book. The Ohio State University Digital Publications. With Stacey Alex.

Latin@ Stories Across Ohio. (2015). iBook publication. Ohio State University Digital Publications. 


Woke Pedagogies Podcast (co-host). The Ohio State University. 7 Episodes.

Latin@ Stories Podcast. The Ohio State University. Over 150 episodes directed and produced.

Oral History project, Oral Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio. Video-narrative. Collection of Over 130 oral histories housed in the Center for Folklore Studies at The Ohio State University.


Delgadillo, Theresa. Latina Lives in Milwaukee. Latinos in Chicago and Midwest Series. Urbana: University of IllinoisPress, 2015. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences, Sep 2017, p1

Lozano, Adele, Editor. Latina/o College Student Leadership: Emerging Theory, Promising Practice. Lexington Books, 2015. Journal of Latinos & Education, Apr-Jun2017, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p167

Hinojosa, Felipe. Latino Mennonites: Civil Rights, Faith & Evangelical Culture. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014; 297 RMMLA Journal. Volume 69, Number 2, Fall 2015.

Ontiveros, Randy. In The Spirit of the People: The Cultural Politics of the Chicano Movement. New York: New York University Press, 2013. 241p. Journal of Latinos & Education, Jul-Sep2015, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p220


SPAN 5689S: Spanish in Ohio

SPAN 4603: Advanced Spanish Composition

SPAN 3450 (H): Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture

SPAN 3403: Intermediate Spanish Composition

SPAN 3413: Spanish for Heritage Speakers

SPAN 3406: Business Culture and Communication I

SPAN 2520: Latin American Literature (in Translation): Fictions and Realities

SPAN 2506: Latin American Culture in a Business Context

SPAN 2367S: The US Experience: Hispanics, Language, and Literacy

SPAN 1113: Beginner Spanish for Heritage Learners