Faculty Name

Janike Ruginis Gross, Ph.D.


Senior Lecturer, Spanish; Coordinator of First-Year Spanish (100 Level)


Spanish,World Languages and Cultures

Office Location

Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center 452


Ph.D., Emory University
M.A., Emory University
B.A., Tulane University                                             


Dr. Janike Ruginis Gross has taught a range of Spanish language and culture courses at the undergraduate level, from introductory and intermediate levels to upper-level seminars. Her approach to teaching Spanish is centered on creating an engaging environment by incorporating a variety of visual and textual material from multiple regions in Latin America into daily lessons.

Dr. Ruginis Gross holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Emory University. She joined the World Languages and Literature Department at Spelman College in 2016. Her research interests include cultural studies and visual culture, with a focus on the intersection of aesthetics, socio-economic and political history, photography, and film in nineteenth- to twentieth-century Argentina and Brazil.

Courses Taught

Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II

Research Interests

Latin American literature and visual culture, with a focus on photography and film studies in nineteenth to 21 century Argentina and Brazil.