Insight: Professor Francisco LaRubia-Prado
Professor LaRubia-Prado enjoys the city life, as well as having nature close, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Claire Callagy)
If you were not a professor, what would you be doing?
Probably a chef. Instead of being the professor who cooks, I'd be the chef who reads books.
What is your favorite aspect of living in the Washington D.C. area?
I like the city life; also, nature is close so I can easily go to the farm and ride my horse.
What "frontier" movie or text do you recommend most often?
"Lone Star"; also "Grizzly Man." They are two different kinds of frontiers, but each one is fascinating in itself and develops the complexities of the frontier.
What place would you most like to visit?
National Parks in the US and around the world; some cities—Rome, Istanbul, and Buenos Aires are some of my favorites. I'd also like to explore Asian countries and cultures.
Georgetown professor of Spanish Francisco LaRubia-Prado takes a uniquely comparative approach when studying the relationship between literature, culture, and nature with a comparative approach. In his forthcoming book, LaRubia-Prado explores how horses have helped shape cinematic and literary representations of the frontier.