Roxanne Dávila holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a PhD from Yale in Latin American Literature. At Yale she also did a minor in Mesoamerican Studies, working under Prof. Michael Coe. Dr. Dávila taught at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brandeis University before coming to Tulane University. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the written and visual texts of travelers, explorers, and scholars who focused their attention on the ancient Maya ruins between 1820-1860. She examines this early archaeological work in the context of competing nation-building projects, both within Mexico and Central America and abroad. Dr. Dávila is currently finishing a book on this topic. Her pedagogical interests focus on Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Spanish in the context of Public Health and Health Sciences, Business Spanish, and Legal Spanish.