Elena Foulis

Elena Foulis

Elena Foulis

Coordinator, Service-Learning and Heritage Language


(614) 292-4958

262 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Latino Studies
  • Spanish language and Latin American Lit.
  • Service-Learning and Heritage Language


  • 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 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, and Digital Oral History. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in service-learning and Spanish for Heritage Speakers at OSU. Her articles explore Latin@ voices through oral history, oral history as participatory pedagogy in service-learning classrooms, identity and place through linguistic landscape and ethnography as a useful tool in advanced heritage language writing courses. Foulis is an engaged scholar and is committed to reaching non-academic and academic audiences through her writing, presentations and public humanities projects. She is also coordinator for the Spanish for Heritage Language program.

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. 


Mi idioma, mi comunidad: español para bilingües. Ohio State University Pressbooks. 2019

“Weaving our Histories: Latin@ Ethnography in the Heritage Language Classroom.” With Jennifer Barajas. Journal of Folklore and Education (2019: Vol. 6)

"Living into Immigrant Communities through Hospitality Practice: A Christian Ethical Approach to Community Service Learning." With Glenn Martinez. Journal of Christianity and World Languages. April 2019.

"Participatory Pedagogy: Oral History in the Service-Learning Classroom." Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. September 2018. 

"Oral History in the Digital Era: Oral Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio." Public, Journal of Imagining America. January 2018.

"Historias: Latin@ Voices in Ohio." Alter/nativas, Latin American Cultural Studies Journal. Fall 2017.

"Teaching Cristina Garcia's novels." In Latino/a Literature in the Classroom. Twenty-first-century approaches to teaching. Frederick Luis Aldama, Editor. Routledge. 2015

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


Ohio Habla Podcast. The Ohio State University. 

Oral History project, Oral Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio. Video-narrative. Collection 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